Monday, June 20, 2011

mental health monday: oakville tracy rocks the guelph lake triathlon.

This past Saturday, I had the honour of watching my friend Tracy cross the finish line of the Guelph Lake Triathlon. She swam 750 metres, biked 20km, and then ran 5km. I would find any one of those challenging on their own. It blows my mind that Tracy did them consecutively. She has been getting up before the birds for the past 3 months in preparation for this event. Early morning swims, weight training,  training runs and rides, plus hot yoga have kept her a busy woman.

While I have no desire to do a triathlon, I think the training alone is admirable. The last few months have been tough ones for Tracy and I am willing to bet she would say that training for the tri is what got her through it in one piece. Seeing her sprint to the end was a great reminder that focusing on physical health often helps us with our mental and emotional health as well. I decided to start another round of P90X to see if that will help me conquer some of the anxiety I have been feeling with all of the recent changes in my life. Today is day 3 and I am more sore than I remember being the first time through the program. I dare say the physical discomfort has taken my focus off my emotional discomfort, for at least a little while.

Congratulations Tracy! I have never seen you look so strong and beautiful as when you crossed that finish line with your fists pumping victoriously in the air! You inspire me and I am proud to be your friend.

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