How watching blind triathletes at the 2012 NYC Triathlon inspired me to stop making excuses!
I was cheering at the NYC Triathlon yesterday for my TriLatino teammates, when I noticed two ladies running side by side with their wrists tied together. Turns out one was blind and the other was her guide. I couldn't help but to be overwhelmed with inspiration.
By the time they reached my cheering post, they had swam almost a mile in the Hudson River and biked 26 miles on a hot summer day in NY. Even on a good day, the Hudson River isn't exactly the place where you want to hang out and swim. Competitors spoke of getting hit by logs, leaves attaching themselves to their eyes and nose, and feeling the scaly skin of dead fish on their faces. Gross!
Yet, here was the first of six blind triathletes having just done all that without the ability to see it coming, and now on their last leg—a six-mile hilly run in Central Park. Just AMAZING!
I've been conquering my fear of the water for months now and had some crappy training sessions, but watching the blind triathletes compete might have just shut me up when I complain about what I can and can't do, when it comes to training and the hardships I face in my life.
My son was visiting his grandparents over the weekend, but I plan to share what I saw because I think we all get so wrapped up in our own worlds, that we forget to really appreciate what we do have and really pay attention to others.
My twelve-year-old is like any middle-schooler and lives in a world that revolves around him. The message to him is that people overcome all sorts of disabilities to do some really amazing things, to appreciate the physical gifts he has, and to push himself just a little harder.
The blind triathletes have motivated me to really push through the things holding me back from my personal and professional goals and to just literally dive in, even if I can't see what's on the other side, and trusting my gut and myself.
Image via New York City Triathlon/facebook