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.
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 ....
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.
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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