Thursday, September 11, 2014
My almost 91-year-old Dad is going to take the Honor Flight Chicago trip to Washington DC on Oct 1, 2014. Honor Flight Chicago is a charitable organization that takes WWII vets to DC for a day of honor and to visit the WWII war memorial. Please pray for Cornelius (Neil) Leary's good health and strength - up to and throughout the trip on Oct 1. Dad had a stroke 10 years ago, so this will be a challenging day for him. He is really looking forward to this trip.
Dad served as a combat infantryman in the Army from 1943 - 1946. Dad was shot in the gun belt while serving in the Battle of Leyte in the Pacific campaign of World War II. Four bullets exploded, one of which pierced Dad's hip. He received the Purple Heart medal for his injury.
One of the surprises of Dad's trip is that when they arrive back home at Midway airport, they have "Mail Call" and are presented with a bag of mail from family, friends, and well wishers. Would you be willing to send a card or note of thanks/encouragement to Cornelius (Neil) Leary? Below are the instructions. Thank you, in advance, for your prayers and for helping to make my Dad's trip a healthy and memorable one!
Here's the instructions -
To ensure that your mail is included in Mail Call, please follow these guidelines:
· It is crucial that you address the envelope as follows:
Honor Flight Chicago Mail Call
Attn: Cornelius (Neil) Leary, October 1, 2014
6688 Joliet Road
Indian Head Park, IL 60525
· ALL MAIL MUST BE RECEIVED by 3PM Friday September 26th, 2014 to be included in Mail Call.
· Honor Flight Chicago cannot personally verify the receipt of your letter.
· If you need confirmation, please send it via UPS or FEDEX and check your tracking number.
· No mail should be larger than a 9” x 12” envelope
· If you cannot get the personal letter to us by this date, please keep the mail and slip it into your veteran’s envelope at the Welcome Home Celebration. Please do not mail it directly to the veteran until after the flight since it could ruin the surprise!
· Do not include any food, beverages, confetti, glitter or photo albums with your personalized letter or card.
Nancy Leary Haines
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Race Report
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Naperville Sprint Triathlon
Finishing time - 1:41:17
Swim 400 m - 12:18
T1 - 8:29
Bike 20K - 40.38
T2 - 4:29
Run 5K - 35:24
This tri was by far my best time, but the swim was only 1/4 mile (most are 1/2 mile), so that is part of the reason. My goal was to finish in less than 2 hours. My time was 1:41:17. I took 4th place in my division. Third place was 12 minutes ahead of me, so I've got lots to improve on.
I'm blowing Harry a kiss as I run past him toward the finish.
I am unable to pull my splits for my last race in June, so I am going from memory. I think my swim for 1/2 mile in June was around 20 minutes, so I was surprised that this one took 12+ minutes, especially since I spent 2 hours on Monday & Wednesday nights in swim class all summer. I remember my total transitions last time were almost 20 minutes, so these transitions times of 13 minutes are an improvement, but still need work. The leaders take about half the time that I take in transitions. The bike is where I smoked this time. I think in June my bike time was about 55 minutes vs 40 minutes on Sunday. I placed 639 out of 1,200 athletes in the bike portion. And this was a co-ed race, so I was smokin' a lot of men! The 5K run was probably similar time in June and on Sunday.
This was my last scheduled tri for the year. We have two charity bike rides (40 miles) scheduled this fall. Then I will probably do more indoor triathlons over the winter months.
I have to include a post script to my report to say that when I joined Spark in 2009, I had never run a race in my life; was never on any kind of sports team; nothing. But my teammates were all posting their race reports and how much fun they were having. They encouraged me to try a 5K race. I did, and took 2nd place in my division (the older you are, the fewer people are in your division)! Getting the 2nd place medal hooked me on running. I have arthritic knees, so it's not likely that I'll run more than a 5K (never say never). One of my teammates (JaneTris) is a triathlete. She started posting her race reports and encouraged me to enter a triathlon. I did and took 5th place - and got hooked on triathlons! You just never know what Spark will be lit when you try something out of your comfort zone. If you need some encouragement to try your first race, I'd love to encourage you like others have encouraged me. Just let me know how I can help you!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I've always said that if you make exercise fun, you'll always find time for it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMOQHsWfOB4
And, if you have a friend to exercise with, you'll be more committed to working out!
I hope these videos give you a smile, but more importantly, give you some ideas about making exercise fun!
Thanks to my teammate, Molly, who inspired me by sharing the first video with me.
Monday, September 16, 2013
On Saturday, September 14, I participated in Lorie's Lakeside Century bike ride in Chesterton, IN (no, I didn't ride for 100 miles, although many others did!). The ride was to benefit the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Porter County, IN. The VNA provides a broad spectrum of health and social services that can be delivered to recovering, disabled, chronically ill or terminally ill persons in their home environment - a very worthy cause.
If you haven't participated in one of these bike rides for charity, I strongly recommend it. It is NOT a race; rather it is all about camaraderie and fellowship – and eating!
It was a brisk 40* overnight. We left Naperville at 6am to drive to Chesterton and got to see this beautiful sunrise!
Here is our "team" representing Emerson Industrial Automation, one of the race sponsors. Left to right - Tiffany Epler, John Vroom, Andy Darrol, Nancy Haines, Dan Burgey, and Harry Fischer.
You can start the ride anytime between 7-10am. At 7am, it was around 50* with a slight wind. We delayed our start time from 7am to 8:30am to let it warm up a bit - it might have been 55* when we started. Pretty brisk, especially in the shade, but it warmed up nicely the longer we rode. The first SAG (support and grub) stop was about 12 miles into our ride. The longest ride Harry had done previously to this was 16 miles, so he was a little concerned about going 28 miles.
This was the view at our first SAG stop - gorgeous! There was a wedding party on the beach taking photos. At this stop, Harry said he was feeling pretty strong and confident that he could make it 28 miles. It was my intent to ride 38 miles.
Who knew that Indiana was hilly? The 12 miles to the next SAG stop was all uphill - gently rolling uphill, but uphill just the same! Harry said he should have realized that going TOWARD Lake Michigan would all be downhill for watershed. At one point, there was a rather steep uphill climb. When Tiffany and I, who were leading our team, reached the top of the hill, there were about a dozen riders taking an unofficial rest stop in someone's front yard. We joined them to wait for the guys. Harry was feeling his knees ache on this climb. He was so grateful for the unofficial stop.
Our second SAG stop was at the Art Barn - which came complete with chickens and crowing roosters. Dan thought that the rooster must have known that we were eating chicken sandwiches at that rest stop, and the rooster was alerting the other birds to that fact!
John, Harry, and Andy refueling at the Art Barn.
If I was going to do the 38 mile ride, the Art Barn is where I would have parted ways with my team. But, due to the nature of this being a ride and not a race, we were never in a hurry to leave the SAG stops. Harry and I had tickets to the Wine & Food Festival back in IL, so time was running short. I returned back to the starting line with the rest of my team for lunch. Yes, I said lunch! The race sponsors put on a pulled pork and corn on the cob luncheon for us.
Harry, Nancy, Tiffany, and Dan pointing out the Emerson Industrial Automation race sponsorship on the banner.
I forgot to start the Map My Ride app when we started to ride (that's a great FREE app, by the way). Map My Ride clocked us at 28.85 miles in 2 hours and 40 minutes with 1,336 calories burned. Dan's computer said that we went just a hair under 30 miles. I think we ate more calories at SAG stops and at the luncheon than we burned off riding!
This ride was 30 miles of beautiful scenery with wonderful people. The volunteers at registration, the SAG stops, and at the luncheon were awesome. They couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly. I will do this ride again next year - and perhaps go 38 miles. Although Tiffany told me that she did the 38 miles in a previous year and it was even MORE uphill from there!
If you ever get a chance to participate in one of these charity rides, I highly recommend it. Find a cause that you want to support and get out there for some fresh air, exercise, and an extremely fun time!
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