My friend Meredith, AKA Swim Bike Mom, tackled her first Ironman in 2013 at Coeur d'Alene in Idaho. I remember reading all about it on her blog, and thinking I would like to try it. I had been thinking about it anyway, but Meredith's experience, and her sharing that experience, really was a major turning point for me.
|meeting an inspiration: Meredith!|
One of my favorite things that Meredith did to prepare for her first Iron race was to dedicate 10 day blocks of training, for the last 100 days before the race itself, to various people in her life. I have always tried to race and train with a grateful heart, thankful that my body is able to do the things that it can. Being mindful of my blessings is always beneficial to that end.
And so, I am totally stealing/borrowing/hijacking this idea from Swim Bike Mom. I just love it so much.
I am blessed by so many people. Its actually overwhelming in a way. By tailoring my dedications in the way that I have, I certainly have no intention to "exclude" anyone. My goal is to set an intention in my heart during each 10 day block for the person or persons I name... because that person or that group inspire me, have supported me in this particular goal, or generally are too huge a part of who I am.
And so, for my first block of 10, I dedicate my training to the Cancer Warriors.
This should not be a surprise, given my choice of fundraising for IMMD. I have so enjoyed spreading the word about The Little Things for Cancer and raising money through this race for the good work they do. And I am incredibly close to the fundraising goal I set in October. Check it out here: Colleen's TLT4C Fundraiser
Everyday, I say a prayer of thanks for my health. I can get up, do what I want, run my kids around, do a job that I love, be a wife and mother, and live my life at full capacity. A cancer diagnosis must be earth-shattering to that everyday life we all take so much for granted.
|Team Vickie Forever|
I hear so many stories about men and women, so much like me with young children and entire lives ahead of them, who are facing a diagnosis. I cannot imagine the bravery and the courage it must take to fight cancer.
When my Dad was diagnosed last year, I felt hollow for those days and weeks. He's the strongest and healthiest person I know. How can this be? We know how lucky we are, because his diagnosis came at 79 years old, and his treatment options were amazing. And he has been doing incredibly well. But facing cancer? It is just plain scary.
I am happy to know many survivors of this disease... amazing individuals full of faith, strength, hope and love. And I am humbled by those who are still fighting.
|James/my biceps at Eagleman|
So, from today through July 4th, I will carry the Cancer Warriors with me. I will say prayers for strength, for hope, for peace... Through these 10 days, I have:
3 miles of swimming (easing the collarbone back)
135 miles of biking
18 miles of running (which includes a 10K race!)
And when it gets tough, or the humidity threatens to take me down, I will remember what real toughness is, Warriors. I will remember, and I will forge ahead because that's what you have done, and continue to do, each and every day.