Still kicking!

So I created this new WordPress blog so things would be easier and more straightforward to update, and here it has been more than a month since I posted. Yeesh. I hereby publicly promise to do better in the future!

Evidence that I do, in fact, occasionally ride my bike. Or at least stand next to it while dressed in spandex.

But things are great! I just got back from a 31 mile bike ride with some TNT alumni. It was a beautiful, cool morning (well, cool by Tucson standards in July) and Coach Mike took us on a nice route with out too much traffic and just the right number of hills for a girl who hasn’t been riding her bicycle as much as is good for her! I’d forgotten how much I love riding my bike, especially with my Team.

Other than not riding my bike enough, my training is going really well. I’m swimming at least twice a week and running most mornings, so if I can work in some cycling from here on out, I think I’ll be in good shape for The Nation’s Triathlon on September 11.

2011 Camp Colorado

2011 Camp Colorado participants

Lest you think all I do is train, I also got to spend ten days in beautiful Colorado at the end of June/early July. The American Birding Association hired me to co-lead a young birder camp–Camp Colorado–so I got to spend eight days basically birding and hiking in many of Colorado’s different habitats. Not a bad way to spend your vacation! It has been a few years since I did anything young birders, so I really enjoyed being back in the field with this group. (Read a more complete synopsis of camp here.)

Photo taken shortly before an epic hail storm that drove us down the mountain very quickly. And painfully!

I spent the weekend after camp ended visiting Colorado friends, which was really great, and am looking forward to going back up in mid-August for the Rocky Mt. Folk Festival in Lyons.

Fundraising update!
So far we’ve raised a stupendous $1260 to help find a cure for blood cancer–thank you to all who have donated so generously! That 30% of the way to my goal of $4000. What’s that you say? You want to join the club? It couldn’t be easier. Just click here to make a secure, online donation. If you’d prefer to send a check, just contact me for details. This is truly a team effort, and I couldn’t do it without your support.

Before I wrap this up, I want to share with you something that happened to me today, something that just really reinforced for me the reason why I have been part of Team In Training since 2005. As we were waiting in the parking lot before we started riding this morning, another cyclist rode up and said, “I just wanted to come over and say thank you for saving my life.” It was Steve, a leukemia survivor and the honored teammates of one of my marathon coaches. Steve’s leukemia is chronic, and for him that means that while so far there isn’t a cure, he is able to live a relatively normal life, thanks in large part to research supported by groups like The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. But the catch is that the future is uncertain. Right now he is in great health, but he is playing a waiting game, waiting to see when the cancer will make its move. The hope, of course, is that by the time this happens, someone will have made an important discovery that will continue to keep things in check for Steve (or for Jan, my honored teammate, who is battling multiple myeloma). Jan, Steve, and the many others on my list of honorees are why I keep doing these events. Who knows what might be discovered this year, or next year, or the year after. But we need the money to be able to support this important research. It is literally a life or death situation. Your donation has never been more important–$5, $50, or $500, it all makes a difference.

Go Team!


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