Why I Did My First TriAugust 28th 2013
By Heather Barber
Throughout my life, I have experienced events that were very different than I had planned.
One life-altering experience was my car accident when I was a 20 year old college student. It changed my whole life from “normal” to disabled. This affected everyone in my family, not just me. I have had to depend on them where once I was independent and living on my own.
My goals and ideals have not changed, although in order to achieve them, I have had to revise the route taken. In rehab, the “experts” said I would never be able to complete my college degree.
I proved them wrong! Yes, it took me longer to do, but I graduated with honors. It took me a long time to find a job but I am currently working and looking for my own place to live. I am determined to be independent and have my own life.
I have always been athletic and used to running and swimming as a part of my daily activities. Swimming allows me to feel more freedom than I have with my current physical mobility so I really enjoy it. It was natural for me to have a goal of participating in a race.
Therefore, a triathlon was a good fit because it allowed me to do the swimming portion, which is something that I love. My sister, Sheila, agreed to finish the bike and run for me so we became a team. Being able to realize this goal was awesome. It brought so much joy and a feeling of completion to my life. I know if I want to do something, I will find a way to achieve it.
A special thank you to the coaches and staff at Tri Fitness for making this experience possible; it means a lot to me. Who knows what the future holds, I just might see you again next year!