Monday, May 21, 2012

Race Week

Last TEAM practice...ready to RACE!
This time next Monday, May 28 we will be getting ready to walk over to the transition area and get ready for CAPTEX OLYMPIC TRIATHLON.  I can't believe it is already here.  Like all good race weeks...they are crazy busy...with all types of aches, pains, sleeplessness and just plain mind games.

Saturday was our last TEAM practice and we did 3 repeat bricks of swim, bike, run.  It wasn't our hardest training nor the longest but I was totally wiped when I got home and I only did the swim once. I sat the other two out because I'm still a bit concerned about the bronchitis I had two weeks ago.

I think my body is ready for some rest this week and I'm going to let it win over my craziness to push too hard.  Even Sunday my 8-miler with friends turned into 5 miles and then coffee : )

Sunday afternoon we celebrated my Grandma's 90th birthday!  What a joyous occasion and one that I will definitely remember for years to come and I think my children will too.  We are blessed beyond words for her good health and energetic spirit.  I can only hope that I'm still moving like that when I'm 90.   My grandma along with my Mom, Allie and the kids will be joining us in Austin this weekend.

Celebrating 90 years young!  We love you!
Please send prayers for safe travels and lots of good swim, bike and run vibes our way this weekend!

And everyone who stays up-to-date on this blog and who has donated to us for a past event or for this Tri event...THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!  We could not have done this without you!  You not only helped give us that extra push every time we saw a new donation but you gave hope to all those fighting cancer...with the money donated you have helped further new treatments and better patient services.  Together we raised $3,896.00 for this event and our entire Triathlon team raised over $40,000!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


STRONGER THAN CANCER... it has been Grayson's team motto since day one of his diagnosis and I am a proud supporter...wearing it during my Team in Training Rock & Roll Half Marathon event as well as during several of my tri training sessions. I am also a big fan of the song "Stronger" and its on my iPod to listen to while I run. Yes, I enjoy some good 'ole Kelly Clarkson tunes!

But this week those words took on some new meaning and some of you might know what I'm referring to, but if not I wanted to share it with you.  Georgia's mom, also posted it on their blog as its been buzzing all over the internet.

What I'm talking about is a video to the song "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson that was filmed by Chris Rumble, a 21 year old cancer patient at Seattle Children's Hospital. Since he was diagnosed at the age of 21 he spent 35 days in the children's ward as he was on the border between adolescent and adult care.  You can read more about Chris and the video here.

Watch the inspiring video

Kelly was so moved by the video that she sent her own message back to the children!

One last video...behind the scenes

And just like Grayson...all these children are...STRONGER THAN CANCER!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Ready to Rally

Summer TRI Team Ready to Rally!
Saturday, May 5 our tri team participated in the Head for the Hills Bike Rally.  It was a 40 mile route which ended up being anywhere from 40-48 miles depending on which direction one of the police took you
; )  but all in all everyone made it to the finish line and had tons of fun!!  We even got to ride about 15 miles in pouring down rain.  And I'm not being really was a good time for all!

Speaking of rally-ing...our event is 12 days away...can you believe it?  12 days away!  This weekend is our final training and team party!

And finally I wanted to pass on this awesome tidbit...from the start of spring season to now (so that includes my Rock & Roll half marathon event that was in March) and Will and I's fundraising for this event...we have raised a whopping $4,871.24!  

And it is all THANKS TO YOU...our friends and family who have supported us every mile of the way!  Take a moment and pat yourself on the back because you have made a have helped impact someone's life for the better through better treatments and patient services.  GO TEAM! 
The girls at Rest Stop #2

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

TRI again!

Sunday, April 29 Will and I completed the Tri for Humanity Sprint Triathlon with two of our other teammates - Nate and Stacey. It was a great morning and a fun event. Since the weather cooperated (unlike two weeks prior) we completed the full distance (400 meter swim, 12 mile bike and 3.1 mile run).  I was pretty happy with my time and this sprint definitely put me more at ease for our Austin Captex Olympic Event which is in 18 days. 

But 18 days left still means 17 more days of training...and the following weekend was packed full of training.

Saturday, May 5, was a big day for two reasons.  1) It was Georgia's NO MO CHEMO party in Austin which we were sad to miss....but 2) we had our longest training session to date that we couldn't miss - 1000 meter swim, 25 mile bike and 4 mile run.  I wasn't feeling very well that morning, but I was determined to battle through it because that is exactly what our honored heroes do!  And Will broke his toe coming out of the swim...he hit it on rock.  The run ended up being pretty the TEAM officially bonded with a dip in the lake afterwards...we had a great morning! 

Will's broken toe -- OUCH!
Cooling off after the run - GO TEAM!

Our make-shift transition area during training. We swim from the boat ramp across  and back.
The weekend was complete with a 8 mile run on Sunday with two awesome friends, Jessica & Kalee.  And finally the Fresh Beat Band concert with my daughter, Amy & Lillie.  Not sure who was rocking out more...Amy and I or the girls...ha!

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