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Moving Forward

Posted October 8, 2018 in Life With Kyle

By Kyle Dinwiddie, PRC Blogger AND Triathlete

Kyle talking

After staying in a cheap and dirty hotel in St Louis, we woke up at 6:30 a.m. to get ready to go to the 2018 Tri My Best Adaptive Triathlon at the Washington University Athletic Complex.

The first portion of the triathlon started at 8:30 a.m. with swimming. I swam three laps which was 150 meters in 10 minutes. On the final lap, my water shoe fell off and floated to the top of the water. My pool helper grabbed it for me.

Kyle swimming

Once I was out of the pool, my dad dried my feet. He put on my socks and shoes and off to the cycling portion of the triathlon I went. But as soon as I leapt onto a bike my mom accidentally poked her finger in my eye. So for awhile things were a little blurry, but I was able ride a mile and a half in 23 minutes. And again on the final lap my shoe fell off. One of my helpers tried to put it back on, but it wouldn’t stay.

Kyle on his bike

Then it was time for my favorite part of the triathlon, running. My mom was able to get my shoe back on, but when she got my walker, the seat slid right off. She stuck it back on and off I went. I ran three-fourths of a mile in 6 minutes. On the final lap, my shoes stayed on, but my walker’s seat dropped off right under me. There wasn’t time to stop running. I crossed the finish line with someone following me, carrying my seat. I fell on top of the bar where my seat was supposed to be and the pain was instant. With one good eye and one testicle, I hobbled across the finish line. But the VICTORY was MINE!

crossing the finish line

In life, there are times when the unexpected will happen. Problems are always following us causing lots of hiccups in our lives, but we can’t let these things get the better of us. The key is to keep going forward if you want to make the finish line.

This is Life with Kyle and I will talk to you next week.

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