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    Posted December 2, 2013 by
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2014 Triathlon Challenge

    Fear does not define me

    I am 2 weeks away from my 45th birthday. I have been trying to decide what reason I would give to be chosen for the 2014 Triathlon challenge, and couldn't focus on just one.
    This past year has been one of the hardest in my life. I am recently separated, after 20 years of marriage, which has been life changing.
    In the past year I have decided to try and find out what I truly wanted, and what I was going to do to get there.
    I started exercising, started volunteering, trying to focus on positive things around me. I embraced my children, my family, those who truly love and care about me. And through all of this, I have realized, I want to challenge myself. What do I want for my 2nd act? Who do I want to be, and how can I get myself there. What kind of mom, role model, do I want to be for my children? How can I do this? How can I show myself what I am truly made of? What better way to do this then to put myself out there, and do something I have never done before. Have my children see their Mom doing something, that challenges her, and let them see that life goes on, we can accept change, and most of all, fear does not define us.
    How can I not do this? I have three children, all who face an obstacle every day, and I champion them to push through. Be it my daughter with her grades, or my middle son who is finally becoming social and settling in here after moving 4 years ago. Or to my youngest, who faces health and learning issues daily. Who at 7 ½ months of age had a liver transplant to save his life from a rare liver disease he was diagnosed with at 4 weeks of age. How can I not do this for them. I want to show them, that no matter how old you are, you can take on a challenge, and you can make the impossible happen.
    I would love to be considered for the 2014 team. The most I have done is run a 5k. I haven’t swum in the ocean since I was a child, and the most I have ridden a bike was on the boardwalk in Long Beach NY. I want to show my loved ones, that as much as they believe in me, I believe in me too. I hope you consider me!
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