Seattle Danskin Triathlon 2012

Last weekend I headed up to Seattle again for my third year participating in the Danskin Triathlon Series (You can click to read about 2010 and 2011).

It's a women's only event that features a 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and a 5K run (3.1 miles).

2012 for me was all about showing up and finishing.

Mostly, it was about showing up.

My partners in crime again this year included my friends Anna (click on over to read her account of our adventure) and Doris and my cousin's wife Cristina (who we usually meet up with on race morning). On Saturday we picked up our registration packets and then took our bikes over to the race location for "racking" (where you leave them there over night with all the other bikes).

As we were walking our bikes into the park on Saturday we got to meet blog-reader and fellow memory keeper Reyna.

She'd read about the race on my blog and was super excited to be embarking on her first sprint triathlon. She shared her a really inspiring story of weight-loss and fitness - it was awesome. So glad you stopped me to say hi Reyna!

On Sunday morning we were up at 4:30am to drive to Seattle from my parents house in Federal Way. We were in the water right around 7am. This year there were a little over 1500 women competing and showing up. It's so inspiring to see all of them - especially the older women (I'm guessing in their 70's and maybe even 80's).

Both Anna and Doris really rocked it this year - dropping time from last year.

My overall time was about a minute slower than last year, which is not too bad considering I didn't train at all (besides swimming a couple times and riding my bike with friends on a couple 15 mile rides):

Considering the year I've had, I was just happy to show up, hang out with friends, and finish the race without hurting myself. I love the experience. I love seeing all the people. I love the energy and the excitement.

My life this past year has been all about showing up. Showing up to life. Showing up to my emotions. Showing up to my sadness and my joy. Showing up, putting one foot in front of the other with intention.

Next year I hope to have my kids come watch so they can see what it's all about.

At the end of the race each year I've said next year I'm going to actually train. Maybe this will be the year that it actually happens. I'll definitely be signing up again. It's a great way to mark the passage of time.

58 thoughts

  1. Paula

    2012-08-21 13:49:00 -0400

    Love that you are showing UP!! Did you notice your "one little word" in there? It's speaking to you! I am loving my word and your class...the companionship you shared with friends this weekend is inspiring me to stop procrastinating and get on the One Little Word board to share with my fellow classmates! And to gain from their insights! Thanks for everything you share with us Ali!

  2. Mary in IL

    2012-08-21 14:06:30 -0400

    here you are all finished and posting about it and I am still in the water swimming the first leg...congrats Ali!

  3. Alexandra

    2012-08-21 14:30:25 -0400

  4. Susan

    2012-08-21 15:10:24 -0400

    congratulations ali for showing up. the race sounds so doable; i need to find something like this to motivate me to 'train'.

  5. Marjorie Dawson

    2012-08-21 15:58:08 -0400

    Congratulations! I found your blog via lookng for Project Life stuff and added you to my RSS feed. What an inspiration you are!


  6. gladdie

    2012-08-21 17:17:57 -0400

    Miss Edwards, you are such an inspiration! I am so happy you are so happy ! lovely to see.

  7. Queen Mary

    2012-08-21 17:43:05 -0400

    Congratulations on showing up! You Go Girl! I'm still trying to figure out if I'm deep down a recluse and a curmudgeon and I'm only finding out now because I'm getting well -- or if I'm not actually getting well! LOL! I'm OK at showing up, but sometimes I just don't want to go out at all.

  8. Deb P

    2012-08-21 18:09:39 -0400

    Way to go!!!! Proud of you!

  9. Beverly

    2012-08-21 18:12:32 -0400


  10. JennE

    2012-08-21 18:14:30 -0400

    Good for you! Congrats!

  11. Laura

    2012-08-21 18:29:43 -0400

    Congratulations! What a wonderful thing! Looks like fun!

  12. Nita

    2012-08-21 21:20:14 -0400

    Way to go, Ali!

  13. kim

    2012-08-21 23:20:19 -0400

    go ali! you do rock! i'm hoping to do this next year too!

  14. Barbara C.

    2012-08-22 00:04:31 -0400

    I'm just plain impressed!

  15. Leanne in CA

    2012-08-22 00:30:53 -0400

    Awesome job! Glad you showed up and completed it. Congratulations.

  16. Maria

    2012-08-22 01:24:34 -0400

    You are such an inspiration!

  17. melanie

    2012-08-22 07:13:32 -0400

    Congratulations :)
    I love your thongs, can you tell me a bit about them :)

  18. patty

    2012-08-22 07:17:09 -0400

    VERY cool...way to "show up" ali!

  19. Sharon

    2012-08-22 10:56:23 -0400

    Wow! That is really cool! Congratulations!

  20. Sally

    2012-08-22 20:11:44 -0400

    Kudos to you! I am so impressed that you followed through with this despite not training. In some ways, I think it's MORE impressive when you hadn't even trained! You're doing a lot more than "showing up."

  21. Ann

    2012-08-23 08:09:33 -0400

    Wow, you're pretty brave showing up to a triathalon without having trained at all! I would've totally chickened out.

  22. Mel

    2012-08-23 08:39:36 -0400

    I really like that phrase, 'showing up to life.' It somehow makes all the unknowns and difficulties that come with life seem manageable. Like, if I can just show up- everything will be alright.

    In the Peace Corps, we have a phrase. '90% of the job is just showing up.' If I show up and make an effort with my volunteer work, things will work out (even if it works out much slower then I initially anticipated). Sometimes showing up is the hardest part, but it's certainly rewarding.

  23. Sarah

    2012-08-23 13:29:34 -0400

    Wow, so impressive Ali. Way to go! I like the idea of this type of thing, but health problems prevent me from managing to do very much exercise but One Day...

  24. Bernadette @b3hd

    2012-08-30 12:17:06 -0400

    I totally need to just show up for a tri. Congratulations!

  25. Diana C. aka the Lonely Scrapbooker

    2012-09-07 19:23:33 -0400

    "Showing up to life. Showing up to my emotions. Showing up to my sadness and my joy. Showing up, putting one foot in front of the other with intention."
    You're amazing and so inspiring.
    In so many ways.

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