I quickly threw my swim gear and my running shoes into my backpack. I looked at the clock. . .11AM. One hour until the start of the Tricky Turkey Triathlon at the the health club next door. Am I ready for this? Do I have the strength to finish and will my back be ok? Just the day before I somewhat reluctantly signed up for this indoor, beginner’s triathlon. Although I had been a successful triathlete in my 20’s, before separate bike and car accidents shelved those dreams, I had not competed in a swim/bike/run race in 18 years!
I shoved down the doubts and lingering insecurities and walked out the door. Well God, if you don’t show up, this will be an epic fail. I need you to get through this. The race consisted of 20 minutes in the pool, 20 minutes on a spin bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill. Trainers at the gym kept track of how many laps or miles we went in each of these events.
I jumped in the pool with the other ladies in my heat. I am just going to try my best and finish this race. God, I leave the results to you. I realized then, life is often like that. . .God asks us to do something or try something and we just need to walk through the door. He doesn’t ask us to figure out the details first or only go through the door if there will be a safe and easy outcome. We just need to walk through the door He leads us to and trust Him with the rest.
I felt my body glide through the water with ease. My training and all the coaching I received in my 20’s came back to me. . .elbow out, reach and roll and now pull the water through. I eventually got winded and looked at the clock. Ten minutes still to go. I decided to do a couple laps of breast stroke to catch my breath. I finished strong yet exhausted and discovered I had swam the most laps in my heat.
I hopped on the bike and flew. Thank you God for giving me strong legs! I should have received indication I was doing well when one of the trainers approached. “How often do you swim and bike? You look amazing out here.”
“Usually, just once a week, although I haven’t been in the pool in about two weeks. . . I used to do triathlons many years ago.”
I felt the best on the bike and then moved on to the treadmill, which was my biggest challenge. Running has been hardest on my back since I reinjured it in 2014 and found out I had three bulging disks. Thankfully, my treadmill was next to the fastest woman in my heat. She pushed me to run faster. And in the end, I had the best results overall in our group.
The next day I received an email from the lead trainer at the gym. She told me I won the overall race in Huntley and when I checked the stats I realized I beat everyone at both health clubs. God you are amazing! I give you all the credit for this. . . I didn’t even think I was ready to do this race. Thank you for honoring my steps of faith.
My word for the year is Victory. I keep hearing His still, small voice encouraging me, Try the door, it will open. I can picture myself in this hallway where many familiar doors for me have been closing. I have tried some of these new doors in the past and they haven’t opened. But... maybe it wasn’t time for the door to open then, but it is time now. Just because it didn’t open the last two or three or even ten times you tried, who’s to say it won’t open this time?
I think God has some new, amazing doors for all of us to walk through this year. I pray He gives you courage, motivation and unshakable faith as you try the door, and that you find victory and fulfillment on the other side!