Wednesday, November 4, 2009

2010 + Triathlon = Pro

The 2009 triathlon season was a lot of work and a ton of fun. I worked my butt off in training and was really happy with my racing. I made some mistakes that were invaluable learning experiences.

I love triathlon because I truly find it fun. The friends I have made through this sport and some crazy training days could never be replaced. The feeling of realizing you can do oh so much more than you thought possible is something I wish for everyone to have.

I have always been in triathlon because I love trying to answer the question "How fast I can get?" In continuing with this goal, I'm going to send away for my Pro Card and chase the fast girls.

This makes getting back to Kona 10x harder and instead of posting about winning races I might be posting about how proud I was to finish way back. But I really see it as the opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to experience triathlon in a completely new way and to challenge myself. When I turn 80 I want no regrets.

This picture was taken about 10 minutes after I finished the Kona Ironman in 2008. I love it because to me it shows 100% the way I feel about this sport. My goal is to maintain everything that picture stands for while racing Pro.

Thankfully I won't be alone in my rookie pro season. I've got an awesome friend to experience it with. And with that, I'll leave you guessing while I go try to learn how to swim...

51 comments:

Molly said...

Wow, congratulations!!! That's awesome! I know you'll do great! :)

Shan said...

What wonderful news - congratulations Charisa! I'll be cheering on for you every step of the way!!!!! :-D

Lindsey Jerdonek said...

W00T! Congrats on taking the plunge!

we can hand over the rookiepros domain to you..

Rebecca DeWire said...

YOU ROCK!!!!!! Can't wait to follow your pro rookie season. Such exciting news.

Tawnee said...

Yaaayyyyy! So glad you decided to go for it! This will be an experience of a lifetime.

Now I'm really going to have to come down to SD and go riding with you to see if I can hang with a pro ;)

cat. said...

HOT DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!
: ))

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

YEA!!!!!! I'm so excited for you AND Ian ;) You have had a fantastic year and its been an honor to train with you the times that I did - hooray! Can't wait for next year - it will be awesome!

Leah said...

Congrats! No regrets is the right way to approach it. I'll be rooting for you!

Jill Costantino said...

HUGE Congrats! Way to go! Ah - you must be so proud! Looking forward to watching you up with the Pros next year and for many more years too!
Wow - and that is BIG for Cedric! to. "Oh the places you will go" Dr. Seuss.

Kim said...

amazing! you are a rockstar! and i totally love that picture of you.

NJ said...

Congrats! That is so awesome! Yes, it may be more challenging, but you will rise to it and shine.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats and good luck!!!!! You are a certified rockstar!!!

Running and living said...

I've been wondering why you are not racing pro. You ARE a pro:) so congrats for taking this step. And you at the back of the pack....NO WAY! Looking forward to watching you get to the top while laughing out loud in the process!

Jennifer Harrison said...

GOOD FOR YOU! GOOD luck - you will do super!

Nicole said...

Good luck! You are so right! No regrets! You will kick butt!! :)

Lauren Harrison said...

Congrats..and great attitude!

FLATOUT JIM said...

If only you could bottle and sell that smile.

Congratulations PRO!!

Colleen said...

congrats charisa! you are going to rock your rookie season no problemo! exciting!!

MM said...

you two are gonna kick ass. And I can say I hung with them way back. We'll have to figure out some way to get some training together.

IAN said...

I can't wait to see what the 2010 season brings for you! I see good things. The harder you suffer, the greater the reward.

Renee said...

About time!! That is so awesome!

ADC said...

Yay! I am so excited for you. And can't wait to be there for your first (maybe) pro race. You truly ROCK.

Steve Stenzel said...

Holy cow!! Congrats!!! I'll be sure to follow this madness!!

(p.s. I have a ?? for you - I'll FB you in a bit....)

t-odd said...

That's awesome! Can I have your autograph? What will Microscope World do now?

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

You're going to do it! So so proud of you!!!

Mama Simmons said...

Wow that's awesome! I'm sure there are many gals in the 30-34 age group who are breathing a huge sigh of relief that they don't have to race against you anymore. ;) Looking forward to following your journey!

LoveOfShoes said...

Congrats on taking the leap!! I look forward to following your progress into next year.

Meg Runs said...

What a great decision, you are going to have SO much fun and be even happier than that picture. Way to inspire us all too!

Yasi said...

Congratulations on your decision! That is really exciting news. I can't wait to hear more.

beth said...

really, charisa, you didn't have to go to such great lengths to be so kind as get yourself out of the 30-34 AG just as i'm getting into it! i'm so flattered!

for reals....
i think its a wonderful step and you are ready!

Lisa G said...

A big congrats to you! That is such awesome news - I look forward to hearing about your journey.

D said...

I think this is a really bad idea. OH SHIT... I'm not anonymous...

Megan said...

YEAH GIRL! Go get 'em!!!

Honky Lips said...

I did notice in the Kona results that you whooped most of the so called Pro's in the race.

Congrats! Now the pressure is on!! (in a good way)

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

AWESOME!!!!!! I'm super excited for you :-)

rocketpants said...

Awesome! Can't wait to hear what 2010 adventures bring your way! :-)

Ordinarylife said...

Awesome - that is so exciting and congrats!! I will continue following your blog post with interest and support you from afar!!!

Now you just need to come and race South Africa some time so I can scream for you in person.

Beth said...

YAY!!! Very exciting!! Can't wait to follow you on your journey. Moving on up!!! Congrats Charisa! :)

D10 said...

Awesome! You are certainly ready for the challenge. Your dedication to the sport will only find you success.

Kim said...

You had such an amazing season! I was hoping that you would decide to do it!! You have a great attitude - love the picture and good luck with next year! You're going to rock it!

Haley Cooper said...

Well, it's about time for you to learn the joy of starting before everyone else and thereby not having to queue at the massage tent. It's brilliant!

X-Country2 said...

THat picture is PERFECT! Good luck next year!

Runner Leana said...

Charisa, that is AWESOME!!!!! I am so excited for you and so proud. You had one heck of a season this year and you so deserve it. And I was going to guess that your buddy Ian would be tearing up the pro circuit with you since he was pretty smokin' fast this year.

Now please tell me that you are going to come race IMC in 2010!!!

GoBigGreen said...

That is fantastic news. Super excited for you:)!
And that picture says it all. No frowny faces or you are back to AG, ok?

Bob Almighty said...

Charisa Awesome! Now I'll be able to hear about your adventures on the race casts via Ironman live.

solarpowered said...

Yeah!!! SWEET! That's an awesome and exciting step - congrats on a great season. LOVE that pic!

Silvi said...

Hey,
great decision! Do you quit work? Or just turning Pro while working?
What races are you planning? Have a great weekend! Silv

Jennifer Cunnane said...

Can I post???!! I know many of us are excited for you, few have the talent and dedication and, well, it looks like you have both a plenty! I know you will do great but of course keep the same attitude while you work your way up the ranks. Congrats!

LizE said...

i'm doing a raise the roof dance for you. we really learn what we can do when we step out of the known.

Heidi Austin said...

congrats that is awesome :) i think I have a hunch of who the other person might be! Can't wait to hear more!

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Congratulations Charisa. You are awesome.