This process of training and fundraising has really had a profound effect on me. As I’ve started my taper, I’ve been reflecting on this a lot. And things continue to happen that make me feel really humbled an honored.
A lot of this experience has really been outside my comfort zone. I’m not a big fundraiser, I’m not very good a tooting my own horn, and I really don’t like asking people for money. It’s hard to tell someone what an IRONMAN is and what the training is like without them thinking that you’re crazy or super human (I’m not, see this earlier post!).
So, I’m eternally grateful for everyone who has donated to my cause. We reached the goal of $2109 on 7/26 and donations have continued to come in.
Also, over the course of the last week or so, I was invited to be a part of an athlete panel for the Ironman Foundation at Ironman Louisville to sit and talk with 4-5 other fundraising athletes about our journeys and causes. This was also very outside my comfort zone, but I jumped on board because as Eminem says “This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” I spent a few days pulling together a brief bio (with Jason’s help… like I said, I don’t like to toot my own horn) and picture only to find out they decided to cancel the panel in Louisville… totally bummed!
Even though the panel is a no go, I thought I’d share my little bio on here. Why? I think it’s pretty much next to impossible to tell my entire Ironman story in one post, or in one place… but each time I write about it, it comes from a slightly different angle and I hope that through all of these “explanations” you all have a better understanding of what this event ultimately means to me!
To my Ironman Louisville Race for a Cause to benefit the
Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
to honor the 32 Hokies who lost their lives on April 16, 2007.
Learn more here!