Train Together, Race Alone-by Abra Pulley
I have a training team.
We run together, bike together, and swim together. We encourage each other, help each other, and push each other…but only in training.
We race alone.
I used to do only races I could do with my husband or friends. I loved talking and crossing the finish line with the people I trained with.
Triathlons are a whole different thing.
Women start separately from men. Different age groups often start at different times. That makes the chances of me even starting with anyone very slim. The first leg of the race is swimming. You really can’t race and swim with someone. That sets you up to do the bike and run alone. This leads to triathlons feeling a bit lonely…
Sometimes it made me wonder why I really have a training team…
Then I had a really bad race this spring.
I did so much worse than I expected…I reached the finish line and cried.
My friends let me cry. Then, they hugged me…and made me feel better about the whole thing… Then they started talking about our next race and the training we would do.
And I realized I have a training team not to run with me in the race, but to get me to the next race!
Thanks to all of you.