How I Started My Triathlon Journey and Lessons Along the Way

by | Nov 11, 2020 | Podcast

“I love running but I have a love-hate relationship with it because when I pick up speed, I get injured from either doing too much running, or doing too much speed and hill work.”

How much does it take to reach the finish line?  When you love something so much but your body wants to quit, do you give up on it? 

Being a hardcore lover of running, I will share how I started running from  3 miles to 5 miles until I first finished my first full marathon. As much as I wanted to keep on going, I started having injuries, so I had to undergo physical therapy, and had to preserve in order to reach my goals. 

However, these physical struggles weren’t enough to stop me. My transition to triathlons started with a simple text from my Godson.  I purchased a bike, joined a cycling club, and learned to love cycling. Next, I pursued swimming despite my great fear of drowning.  Swimming lessons were certainly not easy.  I worked hard  with such self-determination. 

In order to make it to my triathlon finish line, I had many struggles. It took a lot for me to reach every one of them and this episode is meant to inspire you to do whatever it takes to reach your finish line.  

Never give up on anything that your heart beats for. If you have to be stubborn at something, you should be stubborn at fulfilling your goals. This episode is the perfect call you need to hear to keep you going. 

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What prompted me to start running
  • Going from my 1-mile run to my first marathon run
  • The injuries I sustained from running 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Moving to Chicago 
  • My journey to triathlon 
  • How I overcame my fear of swimming 
  • My experiences with coaches and staff during swimming during triathlons 
  • My mantras
  • Black Triathlon Association
  • How I started cycling 
  • My DNF and learning it is not a death sentence
  • My first Ironman

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