They nodded in agreement and in awe of themselves for having made it to the end.
That feeling, the feeling of crossing a finish line, is one of the most powerful feelings I’ve had. I came to athleticism as an adult (I call it adult-onset athleticism), but what I love about being active is that it gives me confidence in what I can accomplish and clarity (I gain great insight while I quietly run, walk, ride, weighttrain, swim, or whatever). Being active has been a gift to me in many different ways. I am not terribly fast, but I do my thing and in doing my thing, I gain great perspective and that’s all I ask for in my quest.
Now, if you are in Charlotte, there’s an opportunity for you to go on your own quest through Tri It for Life- a non-profit that specializes in nurturing each woman’s goal of completing a triathlon by helping them break down barriers they often impose on themselves. Those barriers might be physical or mental or, even, financial.
• Reside in Charlotte or surrounding area
• Commit to register for the 2010 Huntersville Ramblin’ Rose Sprint Triathlon on or before May 1, 2010
• Commit to participate in the 2010 Huntersville Ramblin’ Rose Sprint Triathlon
• Demonstrate a financial need
• Submit a completed application
For more details and to download a scholarship application, visit www.triitforlife.com and click on the SCHOLARSHIP link. All schoalrship applications must be post marked by April 16, 2010.
Tri It For Life, a 501(c)3, was founded by Dr. Alyse Kelly-Jones, who saw women like herself in her Charlotte OB/GYN practice every day. The mother of three could relate all too well: many women are devoted to jobs and family, but they spend too little time on themselves. Kelly-Jones found improved physical health and balance in her busy life through triathlons. She knew first-hand that if women spend some time focusing on themselves each day, they would be better mothers, wives and partners. They would be better at living their own lives by challenging themselves, getting healthy, gaining self-confidence and self-esteem while building nurturing relationships.
For 2010, Tri It For Life expects to have a membership of more than 300 athletes, including 200 first-time female triathletes. Members don’t just learn how to compete, they receive self-reliant education about bike maintenance (how to change a tire, clean a bike chain and other functions of the machine). Along the way, the athletes challenge and better themselves by getting healthy, gaining selfconfidence and self-esteem, developing relationships with like-minded women.