As many of you know, I’m participating in the Nations triathlon. I’m super excited and also a bit nervous since I was never a big athlete in high school or in college (I played a little bit of volleyball and basketball, but in my case you can sort of count it as playing recreationally).
It’s my first triathlon, and really first endurance sport-activity. I’ve never done an organized 5K, marathon or century. I know how to swim, but I’ve never done it competitively. So signing up for this is a bit of an ambitious undertaking for the summer considering I’ll be swimming 0.9 mile, biking 25 miles and running 6.2 miles.
Therefore, I’m doing it with Team in Training. It’s a great organization that was started by a man named Bruce Cleland of Rye, NY. He formed a team, raised funds and trained to run the New York City Marathon in honor of his daughter Georgia, a leukemia survivor. It is amazing how much money Team in Training (TNT) has raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Because of TNT, so many lives have been saved and now, the rate of survival from Leukemia is 90%. It’s really moved me to train with this organization because no matter how hard a run, bike ride, or swim is, they make me realize that it is no way harder than battling cancer.
It makes me realize how much my world would change if tomorrow I went for a check up and was told I had cancer. How devastating it would be if a family member of mine or a child of mine in the future was diagnosed. It can honestly happen to anyone. So really, I am blessed to be healthy and able to swim, bike and run this triathlon.
I’ve committed to this cause so I’m really excited to train and condition my body for this. All I have to do now is fundraise! If you’d like to donate to my triathlon, you can see my TNT fundraising page here or by click the widget below. If you’re unable donate, but know someone else who is able to, I would be very appreciative if you could let them know about what I’m doing!
Additionally, if you have ANY advice about swimming, running, biking or anything related (i.e. fundraising, preparing for the race, buying a bike, etc!), I would love to hear from you.
On the George Washington Bridge, biking 25 miles