Unexpected. Humbling. Motivating. These three words succinctly describe the past 29 days that my GoFundMe campaign has been active.
Unexpected. As I have already said, the campaign was started in response to family and friends who requested a way to help launch my entrance into the pro triathlon world. They have seen the sacrifice and dedication my husband and I have had the past year to make it this far and knew it would take additional support to go to the next level.
Never would I have expected the response I received from the Triathlon community, at-large! Social media exploded with criticism from a wide range of people who didn’t agree with my approach to fundraising. Yet, this criticism generated unexpected publicity. I’m thankful to Triathlete Magazine and Triathlon Taren for providing a platform to respond and provide my perspective.
Humbling. If I knew I would receive this type of criticism, I doubt I would have started the GoFundMe in the first place. However, after making it through the hottest part of the fire, I wouldn’t have changed anything about how I approached fundraising. The experience has connected me to incredible people who have offered support and advice, including tips on budgeting as a pro. Check out Brad Williams’ blogs on budgeting as a pro triathlete HERE (2015) and HERE (2016). Yes, I’m studying these closely!
Motivating. All of the negativity has given me incredible motivation to perform well next year. It has already inspired me in the dark places of challenging workouts that many of us know too well. That moment when you are tempted to throw in the towel and wonder WHY you do this to yourself? My why is stronger than ever.
Additionally, I have a great sense of responsibility to those who are making this journey possible. Not only to those who have given tangible gifts, but to those supporters who are sending strong positive vibes. All of you provide strength in the daily grind.
Thank you. To everyone who has provided and offered support. To everyone who has sent positive words of encouragement. To my coaches who keep me focused. To my current sponsors.
We are getting ready to embark on a journey that will have highs, lows, and a mix of everything in-between. I commit myself to being a good steward of your love and support and represent this spectacular community with poise, confidence, and strength. Thank you!
1 Corinthians 15:58 (MSG/NIV) – Stand your ground. Don’t hold back. Commit yourself to the work of the Lord, knowing that what you do is not in vain.
I got my bike in March 2017 and hadn’t identified a name for it, until now!
An anonymous donor, who has blown my mind with their generosity, gave $1000 to give the bike a name with great meaning and will, undoubtedly, provide great motivation for 2018. The donor requested the bike be named Tetelestai.
But what does this mean? Tetelestai is a Greek word which translates to “paid in full” or “it is finished.” It is derived from telos (an achieved goal, a consummation, an attained result) and means to bring something to its destined goal. These three words in English, one word in Greek, were Christ’s last words on the cross. It was this moment that his life’s purpose of sacrificing himself for our sins was complete and our debt was paid in full, both now and forever. It was a powerful choice of words considering the meaning and historical use of Tetelestai. More on this can be found in this article in the American Journal of Academic Research.
What does this mean to me? To whom much is given, much is required. Going into 2018, I have a great sense of responsibility to be a good steward of all that has been given me. I’ve been granted strength to overcome challenges that threatened my dreams, family and friends who believe in the vision, and an abundance of supporters who are making the dream a reality. With this in mind, I will ride Telelesti with a fierce resolve to overcome anything that attempts to steal the joy and peace to be found in giving life to the dream. I have confidence in who I am and whose I am because the victory we have in Christ.