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


    Being a parent is tough. Mainly for me because there is no way to gage how I’m doing. The successes or failures in parenting aren’t obvious. There is no black and white line. Everything is a gray area. And it’s not until your kids really grow up and become adults that you really know how you did at being their parent.

    When you’re an adult there aren’t many things that have such a clear line to determine whether you are failing or succeeding. Whether you are progressing or staying in one place. There are no tests, there are no reports- there is no real feedback.

    And this is hard for me because it’s hard to know whether I am successful or making progress. Which means that it is easy for me to constantly feel as if I could be doing better or to assume that I could be doing a better job.

    Being a parent also means that there is very little time in your life to do anything for yourself. And I’m fine with that. But sometimes you do need to do something for yourself. And finishing a triathlon is that something for me.

    I’ve always dreamed of completing a triathlon. It’s been a goal of mine for many, many years. But with kids I’ve always had easy excuses: they are expensive, the training is time consuming, I don’t know anything about training for one. I let my fear get in the way of my goal.

    I tell my kids to go after their goals and to try new things. But I’m not doing that myself. I don’t just want to give them good advice I want to act on that advice. I want to lead them by example.

    I want to complete this triathlon program for my kids. So they see me trying something I’ve never done before and going after one of my goals.

    But I also need this triathlon for me. I need to feel a sense of accomplishment. I need to accomplish my goal of competing in a triathlon because the finish line is a real line not a gray area. I either finish and succeed or don’t start and fail. I need to do this. I need to prove to myself that I can be successful and am capable of accomplishing any of my goals if I simply put myself out there and don’t make any excuses.
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