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Miles with meaning - swim, bike, and run to find a cure

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

This weekend 1.3 million dollars was raised for the leukemia and lymphoma society to fight blood cancer through the leukemia and lymphom socety's team in training program, when 418 participated in the Wildflower triathlon in sunny california.

The wildflower triathlon, is also known as the Woodstock of triathlons because you are camping. The course is located close to Paso Robles, CA and if you have never been here, it is gorgeous, but quite HILLY! I started the day with a brisk 1.2 mile swim in 61 degree water (yes, a full wet suit and neoprene cap was added), then proceeded on a 56 mile bike ride around Lake San Antonio traversing up hills like Heart Rate Hill and Nasty Grade. I tried to ride as fast as I could on the bike (but ended up with a measly avearge of 13.5 mph - compared to the top five pro's riding at 23 mph). I knew I had to ride smart and save myself for the run (13.1 miles). Temps in the 80's an done of the co-sponsors was Gatorade. I have never chugged down so much gatorade.

From talking to a friend who did this two years ago the strategy was t0 run the flats and the down hills and walk the up hills. But, that plan didn’t quite work out as we had to basically go mountain climbing up and down the hills. Instead of a run, we ended up calling it a death march. The run was primarily trails - however - the view was absolutely gorgeous. My finish time was just shy of 9 hours.

Yes, I can now put a 70.3 sticker on my car.

However, there are many similarities to this and getting chemo. However, once it is over I can take a shower, dress, and relax where the cancer patient still live in fear of a recurrence. For me - there will be a recurrence - not sure what and where, but I will continue as long as I can raise the money and my body will allow me to do it.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma society has been partnering with this event for several years and have raised in excess of $20M, including this year's 1.3.

FInally, during the expo I signed up to be a marrow donor through Team Trevor - who was there paperwork and swaps for potential bone marrow donors.

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AMCG2002 5/12/2010 9:16PM


emoticon You are amazing! I wasn't far from you at camp in Solvang, just "down the road" a bit. It is very hilly there! lol I admire not only your tenacity in training, but also all of the very hard work you do to raise so much money for TnT. Congratulations!


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SEEHOLZ 5/11/2010 3:11PM

    You are really a true inspiration for given back! Seriously, I hope you had fun, but man, you must feel so accomplished in more than just the physical and mental sense. Thanks for the race report.

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MARYMARY611 5/9/2010 8:36PM

    Jan - you are so inspiring. Congrats on your amazing race! Be proud of that 70.3!!

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KRISTA-GIRL 5/8/2010 2:23PM

    Absolutely amazing. This blog is truly an inspiration. Not only would I have not thought this physically possible, I've never bothered to be involved in anything remotely like it. I've seen five of my immediate family members battle cancer (two are winning) and reading this shames me and inspires me at the same time. Thank you and congratulations!!

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B-N-ME 5/8/2010 1:46PM

    Jan, I'm a little behind so my apoligies for being tardy.
I am proud to know you. You are an inpiration and have left your footprint on many lives. Not only to those who know you for the work you do with your charity, or those who know you for your endless encouragement and educated comments...but the patients and families who hearts are touched, and who are encouraged by the work you do every work day.
As I have told you many times, you never cease to amaze me!!

Keep on keeping on!


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TRAINOF4 5/7/2010 1:23AM

    Yeah- I'm terrible at fund-raising, too. First weekend of June is our Relay for Life in Warrenton. I'll be walking this year! Woohooo!!!

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DDOORN 5/5/2010 10:02PM

    Awesome deal Jan!

While I LOVE the idea of doing things for fund-raising, I'm TERRIBLE in holding my hand out for donations...which of course tend to be lukewarm at best. Yet one more challenge, right? :-)

Way to keep at it!


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CATSTANCE 5/5/2010 8:59AM

    Jan..all I can say is awesome and so inspiring.

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GRAVYCHAIN 5/5/2010 12:11AM

    Wow...I must say. I have been involved in two events so far with TNT and I am still so inspired anytime someone mentions a triathlon. Your fitness achievements are amazing, coupled with the cause...even more so. I have never met someone through TNT that wasn't a hero in my're no exception! Congrats again!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 5/4/2010 8:29PM

That is emoticon and for such a great cause.

God Bless

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TTLEELEE 5/4/2010 7:21PM

    Jan Da'Man! emoticon

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IRISHLASS117 5/4/2010 7:12PM

    Bravo Warrior and bless you for your kind and giving spirit you share so freely. The world is a better place because of your tire tracks and foot prints.

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GRACE612 5/4/2010 6:39PM

    Wow! Just wow, on all fronts. From that miles posted to the money raised, that is just awesome!! You rock!

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BILLALEX70 5/4/2010 6:34PM

    Glad to see you back in ONE piece! We'll have to start calling you Steve Austin (as in Six-Million Dollar Man, not that wrestling chump).

That's simply amazing that you did this. I tell everyone that you just have to pick an event and train for it. This event sounds like it took quite a bit of training, but gives so much back in return. I know you're a proud TnT member and never hesitate to share your stories. Cancer is a terrible disease and we need to find a cure now.

Hope to see you soon for a bike ride.

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LAURIE5658 5/4/2010 3:08PM

    Jan, this is incredible! THATS where you went and I wondered if indeed you were at an event. Congratulations on participating in such a special event. YOU are awesome!

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You did so awesome. I am so proud of you. What a tri - I will have my hubby who does half ironman's read this one....maybe he will want to try it...

Glad your back.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

I am not the best to write blogs. There are many reasons for that, but one of them is that my essay skills could be better.

If you have followed me, my blogs, my training, and my health issues, you will know this is a work in progress.

Let me start with the health. I saw my dietitian this week. My weight could have been better, but since I last saw Julia, I have started to swim a mile once or twice a week. I also had blood work done and my lipid panel looked better, as did my blood sugar. However, I got a note from my PCP that my ultrasensitive CRP (shows inflammation and is a good indicator of cardio vascular disease) was up. His note (email) read 'I am concerned about your CRP being x" - I wrote him back and said - do you think a 13 mile run on Saturday and a 60 mile bike ride on Sunday would have something to do with it?" - he responded - next time you need to not exercise 5-6 days before.

In the last paragraph you saw swim, bike, and run. Yes, I am training for a triathlon which will be soon.... I am very excited about it - but also very nervous, because there are time cut offs. Again, this is a fundraiser for the leukemia and lymphoma society - and according to an email I received yesterday, I am the 7th highest fundraiser for this event. I am pretty happy about that.

Today I ran the Hermes 10 miler (Cleveland) and thought I did OK (I wasn't in any hurry). When I looked at the pace - 9.62 min mile - I was quite happy about that.

I am taking it easy tonight ... even though my Red Wings are not playing tonight, there is plenty of other Stanley cup playoff games. Chicago - Nashville just played a heck of a game, and then tomorrow ... a mile in the pool and perhaps some other things - we shall see ....

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LKEITHO 5/3/2010 11:18PM

    Congratulations on the great job of fund raising, and for being able to do the triathlon!

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PURPLEALLY 5/1/2010 8:22PM

    where is your tri?
I hate it when the wings play teams from the west coast.

we were doing registration wed night for a race and one of the runners commented she wouldn't do so well since she stayed up to watch the wings, we gave her no sympathy and told her we did too PLUS had a shot of tequila everytime they scored all SIX of them

go wings!

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SEEHOLZ 4/26/2010 2:55PM

    That is exciting news about your Triathlon! When is it?
Congrats on raising so much money- you are awesome for doing so much for a good cause Jan!

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BILLALEX70 4/25/2010 7:27PM

    I can't wait to hear how your tri goes. I'm anxious (nervous) to get into the pool. Once my half is over with I've got to make that a reality, so people will just have to overt their eyes or poke them out. I am lucky that Tammy's aunt has a huge pond in her back yard that I can train in.

I'll call you soon to chat.

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DDOORN 4/24/2010 9:43PM

    Great work Jan!

You've got a SPARK that illuminates the darkest of skies! :-)


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CALIDREAMER76 4/24/2010 9:03PM

You are becoming my hero - Let me know how I can help you continue to be the 7th best fundraiser and maybe move up a notch.

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LILPAT3 4/24/2010 7:33PM

    Nice, Nice, Nice! emoticon

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B-N-ME 4/24/2010 7:28PM

    hmmmm....It's over two years since we "met" and never have you waivered or slacked in your determination to put in miles with meaning! You have and continue to impress and inspire many. Your dedication to your cause is to be commended...I know how focused and determined you are and have no doubt that your upcoming tri will be an amazing experience, I just wish I could be there to cheer you on in person...

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TTLEELEE 4/24/2010 7:03PM

    Did you mean your "wait" could be better? DUDE! Bodies are such strange machines, aren't they. Yours seems to be doing really well. Mine is a new model than yours but bike & swim (in terms of "miles) never happen in the same day (anymore). And if you see "run" associated with my body, something horrible was chasing me!!

When I grow up.... emoticon

and btw, your s/a skills are just fine emoticon

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 4/24/2010 6:49PM

    You do such good works with your body, Jan! Hopefully it will repay in kind. :)

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FREDANNA 4/24/2010 6:42PM

  I am impressed!

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'just a short run' - Pittsburgh 3.27.10

Monday, March 29, 2010

The rivalry was put on hold. No Steelers, Browns, Red Wings or Penguins comments. LOL It was all about bringing out the spark and so we did in a run called 'just a short run'. The run is to benefit the leukemia and lymphoma society and the money raised was $13.000.

Among the 2000 runners were 11 sparers from OH_PA... which gave the name ohpa, and the results are as follows

PATRICLES43- set a PR in the 5k
LYNNANN43- ran her first 5k, so a PR and achieved 100lb weight loss to date in the same day!!!
MIAMIA7-place 3rd in her age group 5k
BILLALEX70 – ran his first 12k, so a PR
QUIDDITCHGRRL –ran her first 12k, so again a PR
BOBBYD31 –first 12k another PR
AMCG2002 - ran her first half marathon, so a new PR
JAN_FRANDSEN -half marathon 2:15.
ROSENJ1965 -30k(stopped on her way from NJ to KY, although we never did meet up)
CALIDREAMER76 -first 5k walk race
DJS-DEBBIE - first 5k walk race(with her daughter)
Cathy - 12k walk race(although not a sparker but Jan_Frandsen DW, so unofficial sparker)

It was an awesome weekend, we all have fun, and worth recognizing would be
- the individuals who got the idea
- the family members who gave up their 'sparker' for a couple of hours to spend tme with us
- the family members who came to cheer
- 11 sparkers who made my DW feel welcome and part of the group.

Last but not least - the group at this event have lost a collective 1000 lbs.

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DEBBIEDAY 4/3/2010 9:17AM

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Sounds awesome and like everyone had a great time and raised some awesome money for a great cause!!!!

Have a blessed weekend!

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    How awesome Jan....Hope one day to run with you.

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MIAMIA7 3/30/2010 1:50PM

    It was so much fun! We even got my 23 yr. old son to join us! Amazing! Great to meet you and Cathy. Can't wait to do it again.

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BOBBYD31 3/30/2010 1:28PM

    it was great getting to meet you and cathy, she is one of us thru marriage. anne and i really had a good time getting to know everyone, hope we can do it again soon!

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GRACE612 3/30/2010 11:42AM

    What a great experience for you guys & gals and for a great cause!!

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BILLALEX70 3/30/2010 10:27AM

    We're down for Cleveland or C-bus.

Glad to finally meet Cathy. I knew she had to be great to put up with you! LOL

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LYNNANN43 3/29/2010 11:43PM

    It was so nice to meet you & your DW!

And I just signed up for my next 5K to get it in before my surgery next Wednesday:D

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JOPAPGH 3/29/2010 10:56PM

    Think the next is Metro Cleveland!!!!!!!!!!

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AMCG2002 3/29/2010 10:50PM

    So when do we do this again?! emoticon

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DDOORN 3/29/2010 10:37PM

    How WONDERFUL to see SparkPeople so well represented!

Thx for bringing a smile to my face tongiht! Woo hoo! :-)


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JOPAPGH 3/29/2010 10:24PM

    sounds like a good time was had by all! Hope to join you all for the next one...

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Keep my former church in your prayers

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My former church next to the Clinic was presumably struck by lightning this am. Watch the dramatic video on the link - keep the people who worship there in your prayers.

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SEEHOLZ 3/26/2010 8:29PM

    Holy Cow! I had no clue ... been working a lot-- in my own little bubble... hope your former church is okay!

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_MAOMAO_ 3/24/2010 12:12AM

  Jan, I'm so sorry! Praise God that nobody was hurt!

Where I live, one of the oldest buildings in this small town was the Methodist church. Not long b4 Christmas a year ago, an electrical fired gutted it during the night. It was a loss, yes, but how grateful we all were that the fire started when nobody was there. There were plenty of facility offers by other churches, so they didn't go w/o Christmas services.

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DDOORN 3/23/2010 11:03PM

    You got it Jan...Mother Nature can sure turn a cruel streak sometimes...!


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B-N-ME 3/23/2010 6:40PM

    We don't always understand why things are allowed to happen. It's good to know we don't have to understand it all...
I'm sorry for the loss of such a beautiful building, but as other have comments, glad it was only the building that was destroyed. May the spirits of those affected be rebuilt, and filled with new energy.

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SIGLED 3/23/2010 11:18AM

    Sometimes the only way to see REVIVAL is for lighting to strike.

Our prayers and thoughts. emoticon

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GOLDFISHLIZ 3/23/2010 10:42AM

    Thoughts and prayers to you and all the members of the church. May God bring something new and wonderful from the present dismay and hurt.
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TTLEELEE 3/23/2010 9:43AM

    I drove by that church yesterday, admiring it and thinking what gem to have in the middle of the Clinic. It is so sad that it is gone. I am so sorry and extend my prayers to the congregation and entire community that once benefited from the Church's work.

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SASSYDI16A 3/23/2010 9:22AM

    Oh my goodness that is horrible! I will certainly pray for them.

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BEVPRESLEY 3/23/2010 9:21AM

    I will certainly keep the church in my prayers. God must have great plans for this church to test it so.

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LAURIE5658 3/23/2010 8:56AM

    Jan, I am so sorry! I went to the church's website and what a beautiful church it sad. I can see why they Cleveland CLinic officials were so concerned as it is so close to the church. Wow.

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BILLALEX70 3/23/2010 8:44AM

Your church is in my thoughts and prayers.

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MARYMARY611 3/23/2010 8:38AM

    Oh that's sad, it looks like a beautiful church. Thankfully no one was hurt.

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CHERYLD02 3/23/2010 8:37AM

    How awful for such a long standing church building to fall. I will keep the congregation in my prayers and hope that the church can be rebuilt. God Blees to the entire congregation both past and present.

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GRACE612 3/23/2010 8:06AM

    No matter what the congregation, it always makes me sad to see a place of worship go up in flames....that was a beautiful church...

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102633 3/23/2010 7:26AM

    We will certainly lift this church up. It is a tragedy to lose a worship center but we must remember that the church is the people who gather, the building is just a place. I am satisfied that God will use this situation to grow his church in their spiritual walk.

God bless to you and your former church.

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Sparkpeople on CNN

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

check out this website for the story

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    Thanks - what a great article

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DDOORN 2/25/2010 12:12AM

    Thx for the head's up! Always a joy to see the SPARK spreading!


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AMCG2002 2/24/2010 9:35PM

    Cool! Maybe now my friends will stop giving me that blank look when I tell them Sparkpeople has helped me so much through the last year. Thanks for posting the link.

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GRACE612 2/24/2010 9:17PM

    I've noticed lately that SP is showing up more and more in Magazines too!

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LAURIE5658 2/24/2010 9:00PM

    How awesome is that, Jan?!?! Thank you for posting this cuz I forgot about it.

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