Jennie’s TNT Training Update: 25 August 2011

Dear Adoring Fans,

I’m going to cut to the chase: I need to raise $600 by tomorrow. That is 24 of you making a $25 donation, 12 of you making a $50 donation, or just six of you donating an incredibly generous $100 (of course, any amount you are able to contribute is extremely welcome). Last year the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, through donations like these, was able to invest $72 million dollars in blood cancer research. And since 2005, with your support, I have raised nearly $20,000 to help find a cure for blood cancer. Please help me continue to raise money for this vitally important cause. If you have been thinking about making a donation, please click on the link to the right and do it now. My birthday is this Sunday and I can think of no present I would appreciate more than your generous support to help find a support LLS in their quest for a cure.

Okay, I will step off of my fundraising soapbox now and give you a few highlights from the past week. I took a bit of a break from training to head up to Colorado with my friend Christopher to visit friends and go to the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest.The festival was amazing, as always. Some of my favorites were the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mary Gauthier, Anais Mitchell, Girlyman, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Red Horse, Bob Weir/Chris Robinson/Jackie Greene, and Jackson Browne, among many other amazing musicians. We also got to spend some time visiting with friends old and new, which was really lovely. Below are a few photographic highlights:

Rainbow on the road into Taos, NM. 8/16/2011

Kenneth! (Christopher's brother's dog).

Birthday lunch at Chipotle with Alani and Samuel (their birthday, not mine. Happy Birthday, guys! So glad we got to hang out!)

Staying cool in the St. Vrain River with Alice.

Self portrait in the sea of tarps after the land grab.

Jennie and Christopher enjoying the show.

Training Update
I did optimistically bring my running gear with me, but didn’t actually get out to run a single time for the entire week we were in Colorado (Bad Jennie!) We got back to , Arizona in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after driving straight through from Boulder, so I took Tuesday off from training, too, but have jumped right into things since then, with a hot 7 mile run yesterday morning with friends Sergio, Carolyn, Louise, and Clyde and a great swim this afternoon. This weekend I’ll be getting up early to do a long bike/swim brick, and next week I bring my bike up to Tempe to be shipped to the event–hard to believe it is just a little over two weeks away! I have some miles left to run/bike/swim between now and then, but overall am feeling good and prepared for the race–more on that next week! Here are a few pictures of some of the great folks who have helped get me to the start line by running and riding with me this summer:

Carolyn, Sergio, Louise, and Jennie, pre-run.

Clyde, post-run. Drool, drool, drool.

Jennie and Sergio mid-bike ride last week.

The Official Fundraising Update!
Okay, I jumped the gun a bit at the beginning of this post by asking straight away for your donation, but here’s the overall update. Since I last posted we’ve raised a total of $2235–amazing! Thanks so much to all who have donated so far. My overall goal is to raise $4000, but I need to get to $2850 by the end of the day tomorrow, so anything you can do to help make this happen will be so greatly appreciated. If you can’t donate yourself, or if you have already donated, please consider posting a link to my blog on your Facebook page or forwarding the link to your friends and family.  In so many ways this is truly team effort, and I couldn’t do it without you.

Until next week!

JND Team In Training Update: 11 August 2011

Wow, how did it get to be August already!? It’s Thursday evening here in Tucson, where we’ve been experiencing unseasonably cool weather. Last night I got home from work and instead of having to turn on my air conditioner, I just opened the windows and door and enjoyed the cool evening breeze. It’s also been overcast in the mornings the last few days, so I’ve been able to get in some longer runs without having to get up at the crack of dawn.

Last Sunday I got together with my friend Sergio for a bike ride. I tried to take a picture of what I mostly saw on this ride, but it is a little hard to see. Look for a teeny, tiny dot down the road. That is Sergio.

Sergio makes Jennie eat his dust. 8/7/2011

Sergio is faster than me, but he very graciously waited for me to catch up an numerous points on the 25 mile ride, and even took my picture for all of my adoring fans:

Jennie around mile 20, at Sunrise and Craycroft (Tucson in the distance)

We are actually friends (see picture below), even if he is faster than me on a bike. Also, it is much more fun to ride with a friend than to ride alone. Thanks for the company, Sergio!

Sergio and Jennie, 8/7/2011

After our ride I had planned on doing a short run, but by the time I got home at 8:30 it was hot and sunny, so I nixed the idea and just took a shower instead. I’ve been having a good week training wise (well, all around, actually), with two 7+ mile runs (this morning I did a beautiful 7.2 mile run early in the morning and a 2100 yard speed workout in the pool later on). I am feeling good and ready for the race, excited about doing it with my cousin Chris (hi, Chris!), and happy that my Aunt Mary and at least some of my cousins will be at the pre-race inspiration dinner with me again. For those of you who are new to my blog, Mary is my Uncle Kenny’s wife (I run in memory of Kenny), so it really means a lot for them to be there with me.

In non-triathlon news, next week I am headed back up to Colorado, this time with a friend to go to the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. I go to this festival just about every year and am excited to go see Sweet Honey in the Rock, Girlyman, and many, many other amazing musicians, to wade in the St. Vrain River, eat Boulder Ice Cream, and spend time with my dear friends Rochelle, Bryan, and their kids. I won’t be able to swim or bring my bike, but I am definitely bringing my running shoes and hope to get in at least a few runs while I’m there. Stay tuned for a “Highlights from the Festival” post, coming next week!

Then I get back and it is just two more weeks until the triathlon in D.C.! I just can’t believe how quickly this summer has gone by. But that brings us to….

The Fundraising Update!
Since I last posted we’ve raised an additional $550, bringing our current total to $1985, 50% of my goal of $4000 by August 15th (of course, I am very happy to accept your donations after this date, as well). We are half-way there, friends! So far 28 of you have donated (including one lovely friend who has donated twice–you know who you are!) Who will be next? YOU, perhaps? If you have been thinking of donating but just haven’t gotten around to it, please don’t wait any longer. Make a donation to help support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in its mission to find a cure for blood cancers. Any amount helps, from $5 to $500–just click on the link on the right to make a secure, online donation (or contact me if you’d prefer to send a check). And if you are unable to make a financial donation, your moral support is just as welcome.

This is truly team effort, and I couldn’t do it without you.

Until next time!