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A year ago I fell in love with a new sport … It has been 375 days since my first triathlon race: The “Ironman 70.3 Panama 2016.” I feel happy and thankful!

The happiness I feel goes beyond the endorphins provided by exercise. I feel happy to have found something that I truly enjoy and that has made me connect with people from near and far. I love belonging to the community of fighters who seek to achieve goals and overcome themselves through daily effort.

Triathlon keeps me away from things that are damaging like overeating, excess drinking or not sleeping enough. I feel happy to take the wheel of my health through exercise and good nutrition. I admit that it was harder making the decision to go to a dietitian and changing my eating habits than waking up at 4:30 AM to go out and train (including Saturdays).

I am grateful to all of those who have supported my adventures, who read my entries and see my photos on Instagram. I feel like I owe you.

Now I want to share what made me happy about this past year:

  1. I found friends with whom I have trained and / or joined races: Team Trainer in Colombia, Tribu in Peru, and other friends J
  2. I managed to complete three Ironman 70.3 triathlons in one year.
  3. I have a healthy body that recovers well after exercising. It is not about achieving a perfect body, but about feeling good and living longer.
  4. I have been able to run faster by training triathlon, than when I just ran. I have never focused so much on speed, but reaching PRs always brings happiness! This happens because in triathlon you do not rely always on the same muscles (it’s like cross-training)
  5. I have been studying a “Triathlon training” certification and other sport courses. Studying has always been one of my favorite activities … I’m a little nerdy. I’ll tell you when I’m done.

The three 70.3 Races 2016: Panama, Paracas and Cartagena

And well, the only thing I don’t enjoy about training is my new permanent tan that looks like irregular patches on my legs and back and contrasts with my white stomach. Buuu! But I know, I can live with this problem.

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Yes, it hurts!

I hope you also find a lot of joy in your activities. Thanks for reading. Have a good week!