With less than 3 weeks until I race in the Lavaman Triathlon in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada as part of Team in Training, I wanted to give everyone with another update on my training and fundraising successes.
First, I need to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has so generously supported my fundraising efforts for this triathlon. For the second year in a row, your support has helped me raise more than $6,000 in support of Blood Cancer and Patient Services!
So many people will benefit from this help (including some of my honoured teammates!), and when I’m racing in Hawaii with more than 1,000 other Team in Training team members, the collective efforts of so many people can make a huge difference!
If you did donate, and you want me to write an honoured person’s name on my jersey, please send me a quick message so I can make sure your donation is honoured properly!
If you haven’t donated yet, it isn’t too late (just click HERE), and you’ll just push me higher and higher with every donation – can you help me hit $7,000???
Preparing for the Race:
Compared to this time last year, I did not feel anywhere near as strong as I do this year. In general, the experience from training last year, meant that this year I kind of knew what to expect and where to push myself harder. I managed to save my knees from their usual fate (and my usual pain!), and taking the time to get a sweet bike makes things much easier to prepare for that 40km ride through the lava fields.
The 1.5 km swim will start at 7:30am,
With any luck, I’ll be onto the 40km bike before 8am.
About an hour or so on the bike, I take to my feet for a 10km run across the lava, through fields of asphalt, across soft sand, not to mention a few coral trails just for fun.
If all goes according to plan, I will cross the finish line about 2 hours and 30 minutes after I start my swim, and will subsequently suck back a ton of cold water because I am pretty sure its going to be REALLY hot! 35 degrees is the expected temperature by about 10am, and I remember from last year just how hot and roasted I was at the end!
I can’t thank everyone enough for all the support, liking my runs on Facebook, and cheering me on in general, and I hope on April 1st, about 9:30am Vancouver time, you’ll spare a thought for me!