Whether you were 6 or 26, eventually you had to learn to ride your bike without training wheels. It is always a monumental day of growing up in a young kid’s life—time of excitement, apprehension and a rite of passage. Training wheels have a multi-faceted purpose: balance, added security and they can help to grow leg strength. All of these things are what a young biker needs to succeed.
For a swimmer, “training wheels” are fins. They help to develop good balance, offer a sense of security and they can be used to build strength. Recently I heard some dreaded words from my swim coach, “Let’s take the fins off and see how you do.” I knew this day was coming and knew that if I want to be an Ironman, I need to get past this time of transition to no fins.
A lot of times when kids take their training wheels off, it is inevitable that they fall, get some scrapes and maybe some bruises. Well for me, it was a mouth and sinus full of water and the feeling that I was back at day 1 for my swimming. Eventually I started breathing air instead of water after making some adjustments to my alignment. What a relief! Jokingly my coach said, “Look, you can swim.” Ironman 70.3 triathlon, here I come! Well, it’s a good thing I still have 17 weeks to hone my skills and build endurance.
As you follow my training and trials, please consider joining me in the goal of feeding 685 kids with 2 meals a day for a year. It seems like a big number, but together we can do it. I leave you with this challenge from Mother Teresa, “If you can’t feed 100 people then just feed 1.” Do it today!
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