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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Kicking Off the Biggest Race of My Life ... Actually the ONLY Race of My Life So Far!

Hey everyone,

As many of you know, I have been instructed by my wonderful counselor, the all-knowing Denny, to fill my life with as many hobbies/distractions/positive, healthy things that I can.

I had been familiar with Team in Training/The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the years, and I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. Not only is one raising money for a great cause, but I would be forced to get in shape because I would be working with a team and going to a beautiful location somewhere. However, A: I don't run anywhere but from the cops and B: I can't swim, so a triathlon would be out. Then I saw the Honolulu Century Ride pop up on their site.

Yes, it is 100 miles that I'm going to be training for in the St. Louis summer. Yes, it is in Hawaii. Pros and cons folks. I signed up last week and yesterday was kick-off, where we received our training schedule and met most members of our team.

Our team of 13 or so looks like a great group of people. We had our leis, tacky Hawaiian shirts and Hawaiian Punch ready to go, and we clearly were gonna work hard and have the most fun.

I have no idea what to expect. I don't even own a bike yet, and haven't been on one since I got my driver's license. I never had to wear a helmet when I was a kid. And, I've never had to raise money of any sort. I've never been a girl scout or been a band member.

So, these next 5 months will be a journey outside of my comfort zone. Denny is thrilled, of course. Hopefully you all will keep reading and will donate. You aren't donating to me, you are donating through me to the cause. Our honored teammate is Josie, and she is the daughter of one of our team riders. I am looking forward to getting to know them personally, because to me putting a personal spin on things makes all of the difference.

Below is a link to where you can donate to help kick off my fundraising. Thanks so much for reading.


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