The winter triathlon was a smashing success for the following reasons:
1. I didn’t die on the course (even though I felt like I was going to!).
2. I was thoroughly inspired by athletes in their 50s and 60s who were in phenomenal shape.
3. I crossed the finish line ahead of the old lady with the grey hair so I didn’t get last place!
Besides enjoying the beauty of nature, the thrill of cruising past mile after mile of wintry terrain with a group of competitors, and savoring the flavor of a well-earned post-race pint of IPA, I took away something even more important from this race.
I realized that I can be healthier in the next 20 years than I have been in the last 20. It was motivating to look at someone in their 50s and think: “I wish I could go that fast!” Thank you to all the racers for your inspiration.
See you next year!
So what’s next on the horizon? Whidbey Island half-marathon on April 15th. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Josh Penner, D.C.