Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Each one, Teach one

“Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks to the generosity of our coach, yesterday, Robyn had the opportunity to join a group of Fleet Feet team triathletes for one last open water swim before competing in this weekend's upcoming race. Unlike Robyn who has been swimming for only one year, many of the athletes in the group have long and distinguish careers in triathlon - not to mention individual glory in running, biking, and swimming events.

The group met after work, wetsuited-up, and jumped right into a 30 minute swim at Jordan Lake. This being Robyn's second time ever in open water, the nervous swimming gremlins reared their ugly heads for a brief moment when she first took off. The water was dark, the temperature kept changing, this unknown group was pulling ahead....BUT, then she remembered breath and form, breath and form, breath and form and soon she was swimming up to meet the group at the turnaround buoy. A stranger reached out to say "Way to go, Robyn" -and she knew everything would be o.k.

We'll be looking for the Fleet Feet team to skillfully compete this weekend -- and the Tri to End Homelessness gals will be cheering them on!