"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."  

Albert SchweitzerKatie & Aron in Austin

Katie had a PR, Katie had a PR!!! 

 Katie recently improved her best half marathon time by over 9 minutes. Wow! I’ve had the opportunity to train with Katie and it was exciting to be a part of that. She went to Texas for the Austin Marathon and when she arrived back at our swimming session she said “I couldn’t have done it without you and Aron.” Funny thing is just the week before I said “I wouldn’t do this without you” to Katie when we got together to do speed work. We’ve been doing these speed sessions that Aron the mastermind put together. Nope, I would never push myself that hard. What’s interesting about them is that the first one is especially hard. My body doesn’t want to go that fast. It likes to be comfortable. During the middle sets you kind of find a rhythm. When you reach the last two sets you’re pretty happy, but the body begins to protest, just to let you know that this is not normal and it would like to return to normal. Probably the best thing about a challenging session is the smile you feel come to your face when you finish. Still it’s not easy to get yourself to do it. Thank goodness for friends! 

When I started running my friend Pete patiently answered all my questions. It’s going to be cold what should I wear? If my feet get wet when it’s cold will I get frostbite? What do I do about these blisters? Why do I feel like puking at the end of a 5K? I evolved into triathlons and pestered Carol with questions. What if it’s raining? What’s that little box on your bike? How early are you going to get there? Is there anything on the bike course I need to worry about? 

It helps to have friends here Over the years I have met some great friends, and here is the secret. You have to put your self in a place to meet friends. It takes effort to make friends. When my kids were in grade school I volunteered to help at the parties. The first year I went I didn’t know anyone. I would stand there looking silly and ask people for something to do. In each of my kids classes there were the same volunteers and they all knew each other. What was interesting was that in one class I made friends and in the other I became acquainted with the Mom’s but never fit into their clique. It might take more than one try to find the new friends that you want. Most of my training friends I have met at the YMCA. Little did I know when I signed up for the masters swimming class that I would learn about quilting from Josie, or nursing from Betty, or that I would end up biking with pros like Tanya and Gary. One little class provided me with lessons from Tom our great coach and a huge support system.  

Here’s another secret, you can train at home, alone but then what happens when you miss a workout? Nothing! What happens when you miss a session with a friend? They call you, or say “I missed you” the next time they see you. When they don’t show up you miss them.   

Abraham Lincoln said “The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."  I have to agree. I have been blessed to be inspired, motivated and encouraged by some wonderful friends and relatives. Thank you.