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A Huge Accomplishment and an Even Greater Loss...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Yesterday, I completed my first outdoor triathlon. The open-water swim was nothing I could have ever prepared myself for. With the water temperature at a cold 61 degrees, I just tried to get through without thinking about being cold. The waves were more than I imagined they would be and I found it very hard to swim freestyle because breathing was nearly impossible with waves splashing in my face each time I tried. So, I pushed through and did backstroke about half of the time. I finally made it to shore and had a slow transition to bike. The biking was very hilly, but I made it through. Then, the run came and it was uphill for the first 1.5 miles and downhill the last 1.5 miles. I think my friend and I had a great push to the finish. Overall, I was proud of myself for accomplishing something I never though possible - especially the swim and run.

A few hours after the triathlon, I found out that a member of my gym that I was pretty close with died at the triathlon. She complained of chest pain while in the water and was pulled out by race staff, but died shortly after. I am still taking this very hard. Just 45 minutes earlier, I patted her on the back and said good luck and chatted about my wedding plans and how she couldn't wait to hear all about it. My friends who have such a positive outlook on life and death continue to remind me that she died doing something she trained very hard for and doing something she loved, but it still hits a bit too close to home.

Well, that is all for now...I wanted to fill everyone in on my triathlon and hope that blogging about the death helps me move through the motions of dealing with this. Thanks for reading...Amanda xoxo

Swim: 10:27
Transition 1 : 6:41
Bike: 55:40
Trans 2: 2:40
Run: 32:00
Overall Time: 1:47:26
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  • SEYSARAH
    Congrats on your wonderful achievement. I am so sorry about the loss of your friend and will be thinking of you as you grieve and at l the same time move forward in your physical pursuits.
    4336 days ago
  • REDNBROWN
    Congrats on your amazing achievement! I am so sorry to hear about your friend - that must very hard for you. :(
    Keep up the fabulous work towards your half marathon.
    4369 days ago
  • UGOGIRL51
    emoticon ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT BUT MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO YOUR FRIEND WHO PASSED WHILE DOING SOMETHING SHE LOVED TO DO.

    I WISH YOU AND HER FAMILY AND ALL HER FRIENDS PEACE AND LOVE.... emoticon

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    4377 days ago
  • LYNNSADVENTURE
    Hi Amanda!

    I am sincerely sorry to hear of your friend. My thoughts/prayers go out to her family/friends, and to you. Death is never easy, and sometimes there are no words that can bring people comfort. Can I ask if she was older or around your age and if she had any medical complications that induced the chest pains?

    I am truly motivated by your accomplishments! I would love one day to complete a triathlon. I hope you are very pleased with yourself for working so hard and finishing what you set out to do. Thank you for posting your blog.

    It seems as though life is always dealing us cards no matter where we are on our way to accomplishing our goals. Sometimes the cards fit right into our hands and help us continue down our path. Yet, sometimes we are thrown a card or two that takes us stop in our journey to realize just how complicated life is. The only thing we can do is to make the best of it and get moving as soon as we can.

    I hope you have a great Thursday and that your weekend is also a good one!

    Take care,
    Lynn
    4377 days ago
  • TAMINGDRAGONS
    How awful that your friend died! I am so sorry to hear about this. I know this is hard to take and imagine how difficult it is for you and many others who knew her. They are right that she was doing something she trained hard to do and wanted to do. It is sad nonetheless and you should grieve about not only your experience but also over her life! Most of the time, we can avoid death and how it relates to living until it does get up close and in our faces! It helps to take the time to grieve. Cry. Meditate. Do something to honor her memory and her family, if you feel like it.

    You are one amazing woman! We are all proud that you did the triathlon and you should be proud of your accomplishments!
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    4380 days ago
  • AMHEALTHY
    Amanda kudos to you for persevering under such adverse conditions.

    sorry about your friend.

    warm hugs

    Maureen
    4381 days ago
  • ANJAUCH


    Congratulations on a terrific accomplishment. You must be so proud. I am truly sorry about your friend. That is a sad loss and I will keep you in my prayers.
    4381 days ago
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