My First Tri - Becky MueskeJune 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!