Another half in the books! Lucky 5. 

Miami you made me strong! 

From the hazard rip tide bay swim conditions, to the heavy 20+ MPH head winds on the bike, to typical hot & humid temps for the run.... you taught me a lesson.... that the word JOY does not truly fit ME and the word PRESENT is truly what keeps me going.

I came into this race with two goals:  get one more race before the end of the year and race with JOY.

I wanted to truly enjoy this race. But fuuuck... the swim was not joyous. It was not fun. It totally fucking sucked. Those waves crushed you relentlessly and tossed you around like a rag doll. So when I asked myself em I feeling joy. I was like fuck NO and fuck joy. If I chose joy I would have asked to be pulled out like many others were doing. So I quickly had to change my race goal and word. I remembered that for the first half of the year I used the word PRESENT. So I committed for the next few hours to truly stay present with myself and the universe.

The word PRESENT helped me re-commit to the race and I accept the challenges that the universe was giving me....... it fueled my purpose to get 7th overall in my age group. I felt joy at the finish line and yet PRESENT is what fuels my passion.

Find your fuel.  Go after what sets your soul on fire!

Esther Collinetti