I teach 7th and 8th graders who have learning, emotional, or behavioral disorders, who are reading anywhere from 1st to 6th grade reading levels. I love it. It’s exhausting, but I absolutely love it. I teach full time every day. Oh and I’m also in grad school, too.
My life is crazy. I train when I get home from work or class. I’m not a morning person. I try really hard sometimes to be a morning person and train in the morning but I’m just so slow. I have to do it at night. Which means sometimes I don’t go out and do social things. But i love training so much it’s worth it to me. My long stuff is friday and saturday. Like biking for 4 hours on the indoor trainer. Most Saturdays are 3.5 to 4 hours.
My very first triathlon ever was the Boise Half Ironman. After my crash, I was so scared to go into aero position that I think i went into aero maybe for a total of 5 minutes during the whole race. 56 miles. I was too afraid after my crash. Despite being in an upright position almost the entire time, I got 2nd place in my age group. I was pretty excited and realized I could do actually this! I was pretty excited.
I’ve done 3 others since, and I always make the podium. My PR right now is 4 hours 54 minutes. The goal this year is qualify for the world champion race. To qualify I have to get first in my age group in one of my next few races. I am 23 so my age group is 20-24. I can usually do that at local races and smaller things, but I think I can do it.
People forget I’m doing well because I put in all this time. With my students I’m always trying to teach them that you can be good at anything, whatever you want to be good at, but you’ve got to put in the work. You have to train and you have to put in the work and be dedicated. Yeah, there are days when I come home from work and class and I do not want to work out. I do not want to get on the bike and pedal for two hours. It’s the very last thing I want to do. But knowing that I have this goal I’m working towards, even if it’s so far in the future, you just get on that bike and start pedaling.