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Aug 21, 2012 | On Being Positive

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Lynne Tapper

I am a lifelong endurance athlete with the dual goal of training and racing until my bones turn to dust and sharing that passion with as many people as possible.

Since my last post on July 16th, I have literally and figuratively hit the ground running.  Physically I am feeling stronger and stronger every day.  For all of this, I am truly grateful.

As I reflect on the summer of 2012, I feel as though I’ve been given a gift.  The discovery that I, at one point, had cancer shook my world. I felt as though my life could have changed forever.  Instead of making a u-turn and early exit (that’s morbid) or taking a different route and having a prolonged battle with chemotherapy and all that entails (whatever driving metaphor works for you), I feel as though I only hit a speed bump.  I slowed down, did what I needed to do, and continued forward on the road of life.  I know that sounds so simple, but in hindsight, it’s how I see it.

With Janice at the FINISH line!

Instead of focusing on where I’m going, I have tried to take in the sights.  Focus on each day. Enjoy the view.

On August 5th, 33 days after my surgery, I completed a sprint distance triathlon in Niantic, CT.

Even though I’ve been doing triathlons since 1995, this one felt like the first!  I crossed the finish line with a huge smile on my face and a huge sigh of relief.

I now know that there will be many starting lines in my future.  And instead of only focusing on crossing the finish, I plan to enjoy the race!


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