What It’s Like Being a Plus-Size Triathlete | Iris

published on July 2, 2020


dear body this is Leona you are an

athlete I have not always believed this

nor have you always lived the life of an

athlete but you have always been one I

remember the day that I realized that

you were almost 400 pounds the warning

the doctor gave me it clicked in my head

that if I did not make changes to make

my life healthier he would not be around

to see my niece's graduate high school I

started working out with a personal

trainer and a nutritionist and he began

shedding weight and getting stronger I

would see people in my community running

and I wanted you to be able to do that

so I found my running coach in my

running club and my life changed I found

a community of people who supported each


and supported you on this crazy journey

they were there to cheer you on for my

first half marathon my first triathlon

and to many five K's to count

it has not always been easy we've had

injuries and setbacks there have been

times when I did not believe in you but

I have found motivation in my community

of people in real life and online I look

at pictures of my nieces and I remember

that it is also about that I not only

want to be their favorite aunt but I

also want to be their role model I've

now started my life over in New York

City a week before my 36th birthday and

I'm ready for new adventures and new

ways of proving that you are strong

and you can do anything and helping

other women see that they are as well

badi I will never stop believing in you

and I will never doubt that you are an

athlete again I am amazed by you


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