140.6 miles.

Over the last year I have watched an amazing woman prepare for a huge challenge. She has swam, biked and run mile after mile in preparation for the Lake Placid Ironman. Sunday morning she will put all her training and preparation to the test. It has been inspirational to watch her journey and an honor to lifeguard for her early morning swims.

Training for such a grueling event means a lot of sacrifice. So much of your time and energy is poured into overcoming each challenge. With the support of her family she has handled everything with an amazing amount of grace. Through weather, injury and everything in between she pushed through and made it to the starting line.

I am looking forward to following her throughout the day as she completes her 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run. She has a group of family and friends that will be there wearing “Team Luckiest” t-shirts in bright green to provide her with encouragement every step of the way. Although I will be home I too will be sending supportive prayers and well wishes as she completes the goal she has worked so hard to achieve.


Here is a link to her blog post 13 days out from the race:
http://www.ourtripod.com/2017/07/ironman-lake-placid-in-13-days-pass-me.html

Be prepared.

Over the weekend I spent many, many hours co-teaching a lifeguard class. The timing was awful. I had two crazy weeks of work in a row that lead up to a long exhausting weekend. This was the first time my co-teacher and I had ever taught on our own, so there were some bumps along the way, but whole of the weekend went well. We had a great group of students, that were patient with us. It will be a great class to look back on and remember.

Currently I am simply exhausted and sore, but that does not stop me from continuing to think about ways I can become a stronger more confident teacher. I never thought my life would take me down a path that I would still be lifeguarding after 15 years. But then I have learned that you never know what will happen and it is always best to be prepared.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Bitter-sweet.

Tonight was my last swim lesson until September, it was a little bitter-sweet. Over the summer it will nice to have my Tuesday evenings free again, but I will miss spending time with my students. We had some very fun moments over the past 10 months and I am so very proud of how strong each of them have become. I hope they enjoyed the class as much as I did and I look forward to seeing them again in September.

There were many weeks in the past four months that I know teaching swim lessons helped me maintain a positive outlook. True there were some weeks that I did not want to go teach, but those were the days it was the most important for me to be there. When you feel broken, it is nice to know that you still have the ability to help others.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.