Posted by: Joe Nuss on Feb 11, 2011
Photo by Jessi Blakely
Shannon Holland, 39, Denver, NC
Owner/Operator of a Davis Lake Restaurant
Living through this experience has inspired me to personally recruit women of all shapes, sizes, and ages to sign up. I will always remember how much support and encouragement my friends and family gave me and my goal is to pay it forward from now on!
By far, my biggest fear was . . . knowledge. Was I doing things the right way? Being a business owner, it’s not always easy to admit when you don’t know how to do something, but training with the Tri It For Life team knocked those fears out the door, and I never felt alone and never looked back!
The amazing group of women I gained as friends are part of a feeling of pride, accomplishment, overcoming fears and having fun, which will stay with me for a lifetime.
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Tracel Wilt, Denver, NC, 39
My most memorable moment was seeing all these women of different life experiences, shapes, and sizes all doing what THEY thought they couldn’t accomplish. The look of pride in achievement on their faces and the joy of their families makes me want to share this experience with everyone I know.
I would never have been able to get those long workouts in on Saturday mornings if it weren’t for the support of my husband. I must say, my workout partner, Shannon, comes in a close second. Those 5 a.m. swim workouts? She is the one who kept me accountable!
When I come to a place in my life where I think I can’t . . . I reflect on how far I have come. Then I know not only that I can, but that I will excel.