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“The fact that I accomplished something that I never ever believed I could do has so inspired me.”

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“The fact that I accomplished something that I never ever believed I could do has so inspired me.”

Having to learn to swim was my biggest obstacle to overcome. I did not know how to swim. I did not like the water. I wanted nothing to do with it. However, I said I would give it a try. After taking a few swim lessons and practicing with my daughter, etc., I was ready to give up. I told her I just couldn’t do this. I would hyperventilate in the water, get short of breath and would look like a ramblin’ (no pun intended) idiot! She kept encouraging me and told me if I would just stick with it I would turn the corner and all would be fine. I made a promise to myself that if I just got through this one triathlon I would never have to set foot in a pool again! But then, I ended up completing three triathlons last year and placed in my age group in two of them. My life is very different now in that I work out regularly and have joined swim fit at the Y and swim because I like it!

“My most memorable moment was watching the very last woman in the race cross the finish line with all of us finishers hooting and hollering for her.” 

Nancy H. Barham, 57: RN/Legal Nurse Consultant – Raleigh, NC