I am a runner.
I am a runner who has haphazardly completed three sprint triathlons with zero training. Literally, ZERO.
I am a runner who thinks that finishing a triathlon (especially without training) does not make you a triathlete. Just like randomly showing up to a 5K, finishing and never running again, does not make you a runner.
I am a runner who wants to be a triathlete.
I am a runner who wants to own her triathlete status as much as she owns her runner status.
I am a runner who refuses to give up her mileage base to train for the other disciplines.
I am a runner who "doubles" most days. Sometimes, it's a second run. Last night, it was an hour and a half ride on the trainer (Thank the Lord and SpeeDee for the new seat.)
I am a runner who will RACE her next triathlon, not just show up and finish. Limits will be pushed. Barriers will be broken.
I am a runner who will find the extra hours in the day to get it all done. There will be no excuses. No late nights. Lots of early mornings. Hours upon hours of training each week with one goal in mind - 70.3 in Spring 2012 - My 30th birthday present to myself.
I am MORE than a runner ...