One of the best things about running our programs, is seeing the impact it has on so many people’s lives. It’s a gift that YOU allow us the privilege to be part of this journey. Our latest newsletter from January 2013, moved one of our athletes to email us. It was too inspiring to keep to ourselves. And if her first email wasn’t enough, when I asked her if I could share her thoughts on our website, she wrote this:
Of course you can post my email (or any part of it) on your website and share it with anyone you wish! I meant every word….It was such a powerful source of strength, motivation and joy for me I am happy to tell anyone who will listen!
I’m sitting here smiling as I use my lunch hour to peruse race calendars for 2013 and try to figure out how to sneak in more training this year! …and if anything I said can help someone else decide to join TTNE on their triathlon journey then all the better!
Lynne and Janice,
You are so right – not someday, but TODAY – is the time! You’ve inspired me to finally write to you about my experience with my first full year of training with TTNE. I SHOULD have done it right after our goal race – the Amica Ocean Beach Sprint… or when I missed the TTNE ReUNion in December …or at the end of the year as I reflected on my year of training…and on the life circumstances that took me away from training for a few months…but I didn’t – and once again, you inspire me, as you have so many times in past two years…to action!
And you are so right about how unique the TTNE program is! I have participated in other triathlon training programs, and while they were good, they didn’t hold a candle to TTNE. You and your wonderful group of volunteer leaders always manage to hit upon exactly the right mix of inspiration, technical knowledge, motivation and nurturing that would take any aspiring triathlete on a the best possible journey to their first race.
The training plan, workouts and events are all extremely well planned and organized. Right from the beginning your carefully designed plans allow us to also plan to fit the training into our busy lives. Your technical expertise is always evident – and it seems like I no sooner read an article on the cutting edge of triathlon technology than you guys are talking about it or incorporating it into our training.
Finally, I truly underestimated the power of taking a journey like this with a group. The atmosphere of camaraderie and support that is evident at every training session helps to make the experience as joyful as it is tough – and really leaves you wanting to come back to each and every training session not only for yourself, but for your new friends and teammates. And yes, you truly do develop a TEAM who, even with all of our individual challenges and triumphs, are all there for each other every step of the way.
As you know, by the time I joined TTNE for a full year of training, I had competed five triathlons. I can truly say that my most fun, most joyful experience of all was the goal race I completed after training with TTNE. To have such support at both the start and finish lines was amazing – to be able to share the nerves, the struggles, the smiles, the fabulous feeling of accomplishment as I crossed the finish line with our TEAM was incredible.
I could go on (and you KNOW that I can!) but I’ll close by saying how grateful I am to have been a part of the TTNE experience. God willing I will be training with you again this year and I am really looking forward to some new challenges (maybe Olympic???) and some of the old challenges along the way as well! After a two month hiatus I’m finally back in the gym, in the pool and on the trainer next week and starting Fleet Feet’s running group next Saturday. I’m excited to get back and get ready for April with TTNE!
Thanks again to both of you and I’ll see you in April if not before!
Kerry, Suffield, CT (Age 55)