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Thanksgiving - Part 1.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Since I started doing endurance events for Team in Training I have sent out an email of being thankful this time (ironically my niece was diagnosed with leukemia the weekend before Thanksgiving).

I want to share it with you _ while I ponder on a thanksgiving note for my SP friends.

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Dear friends.

The rest is mentioned in no particular order of importance because each one of you is equally important.
- my wife who is as supportive to me as she was when we embarked on the training for the first ride in 2003
- my three buddies, aka 'the mules'. John, Mark, and Scott. I think the quote ' all for one and one for all' sums up our friendship.
- my team mates and coach Tim from the Wildflower triathlon. Thanks for an incredible experience
- my honoree's and families of honorees thank you for being my continued inspiration
- my friends from the spokes of hope who spread the message of 'cancer is not contagious - hope can be'

as some of you know, I don't send holiday letters/cards, but I use the time of Thanksgiving to reflect the year which is about to turn, and again this year, I have many things to be thankful for, most of all my health, which enables me to continue participating in endurance events and raising money in the fight for cancer in general, blood cancers in particular and second - Cathy

The hi-light of the 2010 cancer fighting campaign is as follows
The half ironman distance at the Wildflower triathlon in Monterey,CA (May 1st). I thought it was tough, but when I read the Danish professional triathlete Torbjorn Sindballe's (aka Thunderbear) account of the event - I realized this was quite the accomplishment. Let me give you a hint - the run was renamed 'the death march'. There were 10 of us from Northern Ohio (coach and two staff included). We stayed in tents for 5 days. A great experience. I managed to be the 5th highest fundraiser at this event, and earned my second triple crown (completing a full marathon, 100 mile bike ride, and a triathlon + do the fund raising for LLS).

Two weeks later I ran the half marathon in Cleveland - but not fundraising. However, I was there to support a young man who was diagnosed with lymphoma and started treatment in April of 2009. After running the half I went out to meet him and got to run the last mile (or close to it) with him. An unforgettable experience.

This young man called me in August and asked me - 'did you sign up?' - he referring to wanting me to run the Columbus marathon because he was the team honoree. Well - how can this old man can say no to being challenged by someone 30 year my junior! So I raised the money - started training - trained - and ran the Columbus marathon in October.

(I am not sure why cancer doesn't get it ... we will prevail and beat you).

In August I made a contribution to OROC, raising money in the fight for ovarian cancer), and ran with two gynecologist-oncologists two nurse practitioners, and the nurse clinician from our gyn onc clinic.

In September I took part in the 'Spokes of Hope' first visit to Cleveland. The team who, through a variety of events - mostly related to cycling, are taking the message of cancer is not contagious - hope can be to the bedsides of patients receiving chemotherapy (most of the team have been there themselves) and ending the tour in Washington DC where the needs of cancer patients are shared with our lawmakers.

My friends - thank you for being there for me as an inspiration, thank you for putting up with me as a friend or team mate, and thank you for swimming, riding and running with me - three disciplines, one mission, and one goal.

Have a most wonderful thanksgiving - this turkey is in the process of developing ways to raise funds for one or perhaps two events in 2011 and start my training for either a run, bike ride or a triathlon ... which to be determined.

With love to all


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FVHORVATH 11/22/2010 11:45AM

    Wha t a wonderful year you have had and the accomplishments you have had are amazing!

May you have an even better year next year and keep up the great work that you do!

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FUNFROG79 11/22/2010 8:11AM

    Great blog, have a wonderful Thansgiving emoticon

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B-N-ME 11/22/2010 6:51AM

    WIshing you success and health, may you be well equipped to meet you goals are you work towards your mission!
Determination is a awesome character to have if used effectively...which is what you have done...
Keep on moving, you are making a difference!

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CALIDREAMER76 11/21/2010 11:26PM

    I, Jan, am Thankful to have met you at JASR and get to know you just a little bit better through sparkpeople - You are the most selfless person I've ever met - putting others you know and have never met ahead of yourself. With the likes of you Cancer doesn't have a chance and should just give up!

God Bless you and Cathy with a Peaceful, Healthy Thanksgiving!


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LKEITHO 11/21/2010 9:48PM

    What an amazing year! Congratulations on your accomplishments, and thank you for your great fund raising efforts! You're right - sooner or later cancer is going to realize it has been beaten! And it will be because of people like you.

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IRISHLASS117 11/21/2010 9:26PM

    Warrior, hero, healer, Friend.


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LAURIE5658 11/21/2010 8:54PM

    Jan, you are one of the most incredible individuals I have ever met and you have a heart the size of Texas. I thank God that I crossed your path and by doing so my life has been made richer.


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DEEJ4FITNESS 11/21/2010 8:49PM

    YOU Jan are the inspiration and a blessing to all who run with, bike with, swim with, chat with, and are supported by you, your efforts and your friendship!

Be blessed, stay safe, and may you have many years of blessings for which to be thankful as you use your health and your gratitude to help & motivate others!!!

What a cool blog! Life is good!! God is good!!!


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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 11/21/2010 8:49PM

    Wow! What an amazing person you are, very giving of yourself (and it sounds like your wife is too).
Thank you for sharing this information and giving me guidance. Maybe someday (sooner than later) I can run one of those races with you.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Reflections 11.08.10 (follow up on 10.07.10)

Monday, November 08, 2010

Thank you all for chiming in with your comments. I love this dialogue on my reflections. The purpose of me posting them is to create some conversations and discussions. It is not necessarily about me and my accomplishments - but more reflections on things I come across in my readings on the website and elsewhere.

I know we all have different reasons and goals. We all want to do our best when we are out there running, riding, and tri-ing - and when I say 'best' - it is what you define as best.

For the longest time I was a self taught runner and cyclist, and I did well - if I must say so. However, once I got a better handle on training, nutrition, and hydration, and learned from books and magazine, a lot of things became much more enjoyable on many levels. My goal is - when I cross the start line is to finish and to finish without injury - and some times push the envelope.

I think we all want to apply the concept of 'good to great' - meaning we continue to strive for something better. In some small way I hope to come with some thoughts which might make you do a little thinking - or in this case seek more information.

One person said 'I think everyone is different and everyone needs to make their own choices, you know what's best for them. As long as you are comfortable with your choice, no worries, right? ' I am not sure I agree.

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/9/2010 10:33AM

    " 'As long as you are comfortable with your choice, no worries, right? ' I am not sure I agree."
A pretty broad statement. I agree, so long as it is meant to be taken within the bounds of 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' I'd say not a single one of us can rightly make choices that cause damage to other people, or the Earth.

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IRISHLASS117 11/8/2010 8:51PM

    Sound, safe choices. Your advice is always welcome and delivered with great intentions. Thank you for sharing your strengths and knowledge Warrior.

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Reflections 11.07.10

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Tonight I got an email from a friend who wanted to run a half marathon with me in a couple of weeks. I thought about it and wrote him back - declining.

It is not because I don't like him, it is not because I don't want to run with him (I will still be going to lunch or dinner with him and his wife when they are in town) - but I am letting common sense speak.

If you have been reading Chris Carmichael's book (Chris is Lance's coach) Food for Fitness, you will have heard the term 'periodization'. The concept breaks the year into cycles so you can plan your training/workout. I can highly recommend this book.

I think I have reached my second peak of the year. My first was in May when I trained for and completed the half ironman distance and the Cleveland half marathon and the the second was recently when I completed two full marathons in three weeks. It is time to slow down and focus on 'maintenance' before I start to ramp up things again. (the plans for next year are beginning to form).

Recently I have read a lot of spark blogs, and I get the sense that many sparkers keep going and going and going. They complete one event and train for the next ... as exciting as it is to read, and as wonderful it is to see people push themselves, I get concerned that they overdo it and will end up getting hurt, or getting burned out and lose their spark (no pun intended).

As 2010 comes to an end - perhaps it is time to have a 'year in review' and learn from what you have done. I am not done with my year in review, but when I am I am sure my plan for next year will have a different focus than this year, the preparation for the events will be different and I am confident that the outcome will be different.

Coach Nancy wrote a status update today and reminded people to have a record of their runs (could apply to bikes and tri training as well). It is a great idea and I think - in addition to being a great diary - it will be an invaluable training tool.

Train hard and train right.

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JENN26POINT2 11/9/2010 12:34PM

    I hadn't thought about it that way... you're right, or the author is right... whichever. Either way, I definitely agree that I should be taking some time to recouperate but since I'm already signed up and already 1/3 of the way to my fundraising goal, I will keep going... But I will definitely think about this cycling that you speak of and will look into the book as well.

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WENDYSPARKS 11/8/2010 5:33PM

    Good for you!!!

Wendy emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/8/2010 5:28PM

    I agree with you here, although I do think it makes a difference if one is training for peak performance vs training for "to finish" goals, which is more like maintenance training. It's all about intensity (and breaks from high intensity training.)

The great Jack Daniels argues in his class book "Running Formula" that we should track weekly intensity rather than mileage. Too much intensity all the time is what wears the body down. Not to mention the mind.

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FUNFROG79 11/8/2010 8:47AM

    I think everyone is different and everyone needs to make their own choices, you know what's best for them. As long as you are comfortable with your choice, no worries, right? You've accomplished so much this year and should be proud! emoticon

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DEBBIEDAY 11/8/2010 8:23AM

    Jan-anyone who has read you blog and followed your success knows you know what you are talking about and should take it to heart.

THANK YOU for sharing your passion and joy for racing as well as the smart tips and plan to do so safely!

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    Hope you aren't speaking to me....I am doing a lot, but after this half in 13 days...I will have 48 days then 50 days between the next ones. I am not planning on pushing any of these. I have the PR I wanted, I will be slow and steady and be sensible.

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DDOORN 11/8/2010 6:23AM

    Make sense to pace oneself...!

Smart thinking, Jan!


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LKEITHO 11/7/2010 9:49PM

    Interesting comments! I have just been setting up a periodized training plan for myself, so your comments really hit home.

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CALIDREAMER76 11/7/2010 9:44PM

    You are wise counsel to anyone who will listen and learn.

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LAURIE5658 11/7/2010 9:09PM

    You truly did have a great year in 2010!

For me I have come to the realization that I need to have another race to strive for. I need it to keep going with my fitness and well being. In my HM recovery period this past month I felt so lost and disjointed. Right now, I am just starting week 5 of Princess HM training and I just love that feeling of a schedule. I am regimented like that. Next year, my racing plans are sketched out with heavy use in the fall. By then, I will have 2 years running under my belt. The 3 next Fall will not be raced as they will be run in an easy manner in order to ward off injuries. I still don't have the desire to run a full marathon...not even close. HM's are fun-size marathons!


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DREMARGRL 11/7/2010 8:57PM

    Good common sense prevails. FABULOUS, JAN! emoticon
You've accomplished so much and have a right to feel very proud of yourself. I'm proud of you, too!
Have a good night. xo
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Let's move it ... there is an app for that

Thursday, October 28, 2010's-move-it!-mo

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/30/2010 10:47AM

    I don't have an iPhone but I may be getting an iPad soon - I wonder if it will work on there...

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LAURIE5658 10/29/2010 9:00AM

    Oh Jan, Thank you so much for posting this as I do have an iPhone!!! And its freeeeeeeeeeee!

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CALIDREAMER76 10/28/2010 9:25PM

I don't have a phone to use this on, but I'm copying the link to send to friends and family who do. For them - Thanks

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Reflections 10.27.10

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

When I went through orientation four years ago I met a young woman who kinda looked familiar, but I wasn't sure where I knew her from. She came up to me and asked me - didn't I use to work with Dr. 'so-and-so' ... which I confirmed.

Julie (not her real name) then shared with me that she was a bone marrow transplant patient and Dr. 'so-and-so' was her oncologist.

Since then we have talked regularly. She has a lot of challenges in her life in addition to live with her lymphoma, but the way she deals with them is nothing but admirable. Every time I see her walk out of the office, I am reminded why I continue to do what I do for the leukemia and lymphoma society. She is a real inspiration to me.

Today she came to my office. She sat down on the chair - looked at me and said. I am getitng admitted 'downtown' (our main hospital). I don't feel well - I have pain in my stomach, and they are not sure what it is. My heart sank, and I tried to be as supportive as I could. But it was difficult (although I don't think she found out). It could be a lot of things, and I can only hope for the best. Her last comment to me - as she walked out the door ... I will be back next week. I hope she is back next week.

Do me a favor ... send some positive thoughts to 'Jan's friend'.

No need to comment - just give my friend all the positive energy you can.

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LKEITHO 10/28/2010 10:37AM

    Sending all positive thoughts her way. All the best!

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LAURIE5658 10/28/2010 8:51AM

    {{{positive vibes}}}

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    Jan she has my positive thoughts and vibes headed to her. Just in case crossing my fingers and toes for her too.

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IRISHLASS117 10/28/2010 4:51AM

    Storming Heaven for her Jan.

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DDOORN 10/28/2010 2:19AM

    We're *there* for her Jan!

Beaming along the SPARK power!

Thank YOU for being there for so many Jan!


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ANGIEBILL 10/27/2010 11:14PM

    Positive thoughts and prayer going to your friend!

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