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                           Correction to the Loggerhead Triathlon 2013

What's the big deal with race recognition?

Well let me tell you. My name is Dana Rymarz. I am the first place finisher in the "First Timer" category of the 2013 Loggerhead Triathlon, but you wouldn't know that unless I told you. The timing company AltaVista had some timing issues the day of the triathlon. The error was corrected on their website a few days later and there I was,

                             "Dana Rymarz 1:24:09 First Place for First Timers".

                                                      Overall 170/600

I'm not the bragging kind of person, and anyone that knows me, knows that I am usually the cheerleader motivating and celebrating your goals. You also know that I feel totally uncomfortable trying to declare my position, but I have to be honest, as a mentor to my clients, what kind of example am I setting if I sit back and don't let goals that have been achieved be celebrated? So, I felt compelled to speak out. I missed out on my "First Time" achievement and I'm not getting any younger!

It didn't bother me so much until my friends and clients started asking questions after reading the incorrect results in the Courier. At the urging of my proud husband, mom and sister, friends and clients I contacted the Courier. The editor, himself, asked me to write this essay.

I am an independent personal trainer who works with a variety of people to help get them to make exercise and eating right a habit and a part of their lifestyle. I am the Weight Loss Coach for Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists where I witness people getting better from exercise! My motto is "It's never too late to try and live forever!" I love to get people motivated to make a difference in their lives and to try different things. (I helped motivate 7 newbies for the Loggerhead tri!) This was a totally new experience for me and I was just as nervous and excited as the other 600 competitors.

So what's the big deal with race recognition? Well, it's a big deal if you've tried your best, like I did! I am a 42 year old wife and mother of two wonderful children who cheer me on when I'm working out. I have found friends/training buddies that I love and respect not only because they teach me valuable lessons in regard to training (swimming, biking, running) but life in general, as well.

I did not write this because I needed a pat on the back, but because I need to provide an example for my children and clients. They were more excited to see my medal than I was!
(The Chamber of Commerce has recognized my win.) 

I really just wanted to take this opportunity to let my clients, past and present, my extended family, my friends, Dr. Rashan at Advanced Fitness & Training (he fixed my IT Band issues), Dr. Ostapchuk who encouraged me to bike in addition to run, and everyone that wished me well know that, ...well, I did well!

The take away here is that whether it be wearing your heart on your sleeve while standing up for yourself or trying a triathlon, don't be afraid to do something out of your comfort zone...and when you do, insist that your efforts are recognized!

Thank you!

Dana Rymarz 2013 Loggerhead 1st place First Timer :)

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