It’s All Perspective
by: RTA athlete, Liz Urtecho
Over the past 3 weeks I have had the opportunity to reflect on my Ironman finish, what it meant to me and how I will go forward in the sport. I was finding myself getting caught up in the results, analyzing every split, and coming up with new and improved nutrition strategies. I was planning for the next race, my training/racing plan for 2016 and the 2017 Ironman. I was looking forward to my next BOOM!
What I haven’t spent too much time doing is looking back, where this all began and what I have accomplished, so I decided to write it down. I am hoping when I get too caught up in my next race results, I can look at this list and get some perspective.
- I started competing in triathlons 5 years ago with an all women’s sprint tri.
- I bought my first road bike 5 years ago. I didn’t know how to clip in, shift or climb a hill without dropping a chain.
- I joined my triathlon club, RTA, 3 years ago and have made some great friends and coaches.
- I did my first Half IRONMAN 3 years ago and crossed the finish line thinking I would never do that again.
- I bought my first tri bike last year. I didn’t know how to shift or stay in aero.
- In the past 3 years, I have pr’d the marathon and half marathon, running those races better and faster than I did when I was in my 20s.
- I have PR’d the Half IRONMAN every time I have raced it.
- I can ride my bike 20 mph now and swim continuously for miles.
- I am wife and a mother of 4 kids. I am 47 years old and I am an IRONMAN.
- I have been blessed with so many people encouraging me along the way.
It has been quite a journey I can be very proud of. So… when I get all crazy about my next BOOM, I need to get a grip and get some perspective.
Soon after writing this, Liz received IRONMAN’s All World Athlete, Silver honor (top 5% of her AG world wide). CONGRATS, Liz!