It sounds like a cliché that a coach would say, but this is the result of the Team in Training fundraising I did for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. With a goal of $5,000 the generosity of so many friends and family helped me to reach $5,373.86. The donations and the sources of them was truly inspirational ranging from my Mom’s jar of change that resulted in the highest donation of $375 to Steve Price who was my first donation of $50. Along the way I learned so many stories of people touched by cancer in some way and many specifically by Leukemia or Lymphoma. Although this is not the first time I have raised money for this worthy cause, this is by far the largest amount I have ever raised and it is even more incredible given the tough economic times we are in.
So as a result, at the race on Sunday, I am going to do my best to give 107% effort. This is my second Olympic distance triathlon. In the first, the Loveland Triathlon, two summers ago, it took me a total time of 4 hours 14 minute and 15 seconds to finish. Not a blazing speed, but I don’t do these because I am good at them, but because they are good for me. So since my donors gave 7% more than I needed I am going to work to have a 7% improvement in my time, which is roughly 18 minutes. I wanted to break 4 hours anyhow so this will really push me. So stay tuned and we will see if I meet this latest goal that all of my donors set for me.