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My First Tri - Becky Mueske

June 11th 2013

Editor:  Everyone has a story.  We've all struggled with something in our lives, whether it's weight or bullies or work (or...or...or...).  Leading up to My First Tri, we want to share a few stories from participants and give voice to their reason for signing up to complete their first triathlon.

Why I'm Doing My First Tri, By Becky Mueske:

Last July, my 2 teen girls and I were crossing the headwaters of the Mississippi when my girls noticed a woman with a Bon Jovi tattoo on her arm.

Knowing what a huge fan I am, they said I should get one. I jokingly said, "Yeah, when I complete my first triathlon!"

For the year leading up to that point, I had started working out: biking, swimming at the Junior High pool, ice skating, lifting weights at home, whatever was free or cheap and I had lost 30 pounds.  When we got back home to Savage, I started researching about triathlons, not knowing anything about them.

I came across My First Tri and decided to give it a go.  The only thing I didn't do was run; always hated it so I had never tried.   Last fall, I started running.  Walking at first, then running short distances telling myself, "Just get to that tree/sign/street."

Eventually, I was able to run 3.5 miles.   I did my first 5K on New Year's Eve (brrr).  I still don't like running, but I figure I only need to be able to do a few miles' worth.

I've now lost another 10 lbs and at 47, I'm in the best shape I've ever been in.  Even though I love Bon Jovi and saw him in concert on April (3rd row) I'm not sure I'm going to get the tattoo.   I'll just be happy to complete the race!