JND Team In Training Update: 5 September 2011

Dear Adoring Fans,

Well, this is it–five more days until the race! I shipped by bike off last Thursday and am officially in the pre-race taper, basically just marking time until race day on September 11, doing a few short workouts, but nothing too strenuous. I went for my last long-ish run this morning (6 beautiful miles in Reid Park on a cool, overcast morning–oh, autumn, how you tease me when I know full well you won’t really be here until October…) and am planning on a short swim tomorrow with my friend Rick (who will be racing with me next Sunday in Washington, D.C.) and then on Wednesday I fly east!I know you’ve seen  your share of red-faced, post-workout Jennie pictures this season, but here’s one more for good measure, taken after my last brick workout–30 miles on the bike, 6.2 miles running:

Jennie and the next-door neighbor's daughter, post-workout (and mid-popsicle).

That brick (it was more like a sandwich—25 miles on the bike, 6.2 running, 5 miles on the bike to get home) helped me understand why you do the bike before the run in the triathlon. I mean, I get the order of the sports–you don’t the swim to be last because you don’t want a bunch of tired people getting into the water. Same goes for the bike. But after this workout I realized another reason to run AFTER the bike ride–your feet swell when you run. I knew this, but apparently didn’t put two and two together. By the time I had ridden 5 miles home my toes were numb inside my cycling shoes because they are smaller than my running shoes and don’t have the same give. Live and learn.

I’m combining the trip for my triathlon with a pre-race work-related meeting at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (where I was an intern in the mid-1990s). The Broad-winged Hawk migration is in full swing, so with a little bit of luck I’ll get to enjoy the beautiful sight kettles of hawks migrating over the Kittatinny Ridge. To make it even better, my friend Melissa (hi, Melissa!!) is also going to be at the meeting and is going to come with me to D.C. afterward for the race. We’ll fly into Allentown on Wednesday evening and then rent a car and drive down to D.C. early Saturday morning, and the weekend is all about the race: on Saturday getting set up, and on Sunday doing it! After the race I am taking a week of vacation time and heading up to New York to visit friends and family, so I’m really looking forward to that, too.

I’ll post a full race report as soon as I can after I get back from my trip, and in the meanwhile I’ll post pictures and short updates on Facebook (send me a friend request if we aren’t already connected) and/or Twitter (follow canicas).

How Jennie feels when she thinks about the triathlon...

Fundraising Update
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your overwhelmingly generous response to my request the other week. I sent out my email at 10pm and when I woke up at 5am the next morning over $500 had already been donated. Over the course of the next four hours, you amazing people donated over $1200 to help find a cure for blood cancer. Even more wonderful is the way that your incredible response inspired several of my Tucson TNT Teammates to use a similar approach with their own fundraising efforts. Your generosity multiplied itself in the fundraising of my friends. Thank you feels like a very inadequate way to express how grateful I am for all of the support that you’ve given me and to LLS since I started with TNT in 2005. You are all the best!

So where are we now? I am proud to say that to date we have raised an amazing $3600 to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission to find a cure for blood cancers. We are 90% of the way to my goal of $4000, just $400 short. If you have been thinking of donating but just haven’t gotten around to it, now’s the time. 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). 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 time!

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