Speedy Turtle was created by Eling (Queen Speedy Turtle) who is a friend of mine and a Memphis Thunder Racing teammate.
(Queen Speedy Turtle on the left; myself-Ninja Turtle on the right)
Speedy Turtle was created to document Eling’s triathlon journey.
Speedy Turtle is the epitome of perseverance, courage, strength, and positivism/optimism.
Speedy Turtle didn’t matter how fast she could swim a lap in; what MPH her bike was; or what her minute/mile pace was on the run-it mattered that she got out of the door and did these three disciplines.
Speedy Turtle in 2014 evolved. I, Ninja Turtle, already knowing Eling of course and love(d) her and the concept, began to realize this needed to be a “thing” and Eling agree and was kind enough to share her concept. More ‘turtles’ started to come around, all setting out to do the three (one or two was fine, too) disciplines surrounded by like-minded ‘turtles’, good athletes, caring peoples and the will and motivation to push themselves to a new personal achievement for themselves-what a GREAT 2014 we had! There was/is no room for negativity. There is ALWAYS room for encouragement.
Speedy Turtle according to myself, Ninja T.(get your popcorn ready):
I was a 40 pound overweight smoker in 2011. I needed a change. Triathlon/running and the athletic community I have surrounded myself with has been my key to success. First goal? ‘Wog’ a 5K. Second goal? “Wog a half marathon.” Third goal? “Run running races faster that I had previously; even if it was just by one second-push myself harder.” Fourth goal? “Triathlon; sprint.” FAST FORWARD TO PRESENT DAY Current Goal? “PR my upcoming half Ironman race with undeniable faith, courage, effort, strength and perseverance and to give God the Glory!” You see-for me, there is always a goal. That is how I stay motivated. Hit one goal; make another. Rinse; repeat. I am competitive-but with myself. Sometimes on a fun bike ride with other peoples I will ‘race them’; but I don’t let it consume me. What ‘consumes’ me is each time I step up to the start line I need and want to be the best version of the athlete I can be; and I want to beat the old version of me-even if by 0.01. If I gave 100% then I set out to do what I needed to do; I hit my goal. But Becky, you didn’t PR!!? *eye roll* Well, actually-each time you have the courage to start something and work hard toward something you ‘PR’ your internal well being; spiritually, emotionally and PHYSICALLY. My friends, that is a PR. What would have happened if you didn’t even step to the start line? And, when I finish; did I place? Nope. Did I win something? Why yes, yes I did-I won the adoration from my fellow ‘turtles’, my family, friends, and MYSELF. The last word is key; your self. Did I learn something? YOU BETCHA! I will train harder, push myself harder and the next time I toe the start line of an event I will try to beat the last version of Becky that toed the start line. Bam! I don’t know everything; I learn new things every day and love doing so-but I WILL share what I do know-always. Need help? Just ask me, please.
Becoming very involved with Speedy Turtles has enabled me to give back, to help encourage, to lift up others and that is food for my soul. The look on someone’s face when they “get” how to gear their bike up Mt. Monroe. The look on their face when that gearing worked and they CLIMBED it! I speak for Queen (Eling) Speedy Turtle when I say this as well-that is what it is all about. When you can take yourself, and others, help them, push them, encourage them-THEN you are a ‘turtleworthy’ (and I totally just made that word up-don’t try to google it-ha!).
Speedy Turtle 2015-WOW! We have some exciting things going on! We have Queen signed up to do her First IRONMAN!! We have several of us signed up to do a half Ironman; we have several doing their first ever triathlon; we have several just getting comfortable on their bikes; and we will have several that will be new and need help. I love it when an Ironman can help a Newbie; and then the Newbie turns around and helps the Ironman (like helped the half ironman do Yoga in the parking lot-it’s a thing). There are no boundaries. To the person that is doing their first triathlon-that IS their Ironman!! They had the courage to sign up, have committed to this and they will do it. That is the same concept regardless if you are new, seasoned, triathlete, runner, dog walker, speed walker, walker, human being. You get the picture. And, you ALWAYS help your fellow ‘turtle;’ no one gets left behind to journey alone (unless it is a tempo run and the person prefers to run alone and you don’t want to hear colorful sentence enhancers (ahem)-you are exempt). And, for GOODNESS SAKE, it doesn’t matter how fast you go-what matters? You started. I won’t accept any argument. You have to believe that for yourself-or fail. Get consumed in what others think and/or are doing? You can’t give 100% to yourself; and, ain’t nobody got time for that!
In order to be the best version of ourselves, as ‘Turtles,’ athletes, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aliens, Felecias, we need to push ourselves. This year, as we go forward, we will have some changes to our ride group paces-so that we can push one another and give 100%; we will have a “kick off” party (details coming soon) and we truly hope that you always exhibit the spirit of “The Turtle” in all you do. Impossible? No. FEAR the Turtle.
Speedy Turtle-2015 will be amazing; you just have to want it to be!
Thanks for listening; make sure to tip your bartenders and your waitresses-I’ll be here all night. 🙂