I made a promise to a friend about a year ago.
My friend Alan has been on an incredible weight loss journey over the past couple of years. He has lost around 150 pounds and I think that he will tell you that he still has a way to go. But the thing about Alan is that I have no doubt he will do what he says he is going to do.
I made a promise to him when he told me that he wanted to do a triathlon.
I told him that I would be there if he did.
I have been following Alan’s journey for a good while now. I have witnessed his struggles and I have watched his triumphs. He inspires SO MANY people through his journey. I am pretty sure that he inspires me at least once a day, if not more.
I am not 100% positive, but I feel like if I didn’t inspire him to want to try out triathlon, I at least had a little bit of influence on him to give it a shot. Well one can hope anyway… Alan and I are a lot alike, I think. We over analyze things, we get down on ourselves, but we are resilient and always up for a challenge. We are sensitive yet tough as nails.
It wasn’t too long ago that I ran my first triathlon. I remember my fear and I remember my excitement and I remember the support that I had going into it. It gave me strength and it made me feel like I mattered.
I wanted Alan to know that he mattered and that he belonged and I felt like words were just not quite enough on this day. So I packed up the car and made good on my promise. I arrived in Clinton, NC to a rainy morning. My advice to Alan was, “You’re gonna get wet anyway… might as well make the most of it.”
I am so proud of Alan for taking such a bold leap into a very intimidating arena. I know what it feels like to not be comfortable in your own skin around people who look like they were born ready to swim, bike, and run. But Alan did not show an ounce of fear when he stepped up to the line to get into the pool. I am pretty sure I know what he was thinking, but he played it cool, calm, and collected.
And then it was on.
He swam like a boss.
He kept cool in transition.
He biked like he stole it.
And he ran his way into your hearts AND into the triathlon world.
Alan will have to give you a recap of the race, because I have no idea what was going through his head the whole time, nor do I know what happened out on the course.
What I CAN tell you, though, is that he finished and he finished strong.
This is the reason I do what I do folks. I love this. I love inspiring and being inspired. I love stories like Alan’s and others like him who are overcoming their fears and bypassing the roadblocks that they encounter on their journey to a better life. Please go check out Alan’s website Sweating Until Happy and drop him a note. Also follow his social media exploits. I promise you that you WILL be inspired.