What a Difference a Year Makes

One year ago today I swam, biked, and ran 140.6 miles. It was the hardest yet most worthwhile experience of my life, to this point. Harder than that one individual day, were all the days of training leading up to it. And somehow, along the way, I raised more than $3000 for the Virginia Tech Foundation Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention.

As a result of becoming an IRONMAN, I have also become…

  • More confident, not only athletically, but also professionally and personally
  • A role model – maybe I was one before, but I’m now more aware of this and have had many more people reach out to me for help and advice this year
  • Faster in all three sport, but especially running
  • And probably much more that I can’t think of right now!

So, I just want to say a thank you again to everyone who supported me in this effort. I certainly couldn’t do it alone! And to each one of you who also donated to my cause, a double thanks to you!

I can’t exactly remember how much I told you when I recapped IM Louisville for you last year. But I was very overwhelmed by how many people were watching me cross the finish line. So much so that I ended up bawling in the car on the way back. Warning: Ugly crying pic coming up!

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It’s taken me a year to post this hideous photo, but I wanted you all to know how much your support meant.


Yesterday, IRONMAN Louisville 2014 took place and Brandan, one of the guys I ran with during the race last year, was out there again. I tracked him throughout the day and lived vicariously through this race. He had an amazing day, from what I can tell. He cut 7 minutes off his swim time and more than an hour off his run, coming across the line just a little more than 14 hours after he started. Jason and I got home from his soccer game just in time to tune into the finish line camera to see Brandan come across the line. Then, I was so excited to be the first one to take and post a screenshot of his finish on his FB wall, just as numerous people did for me last year.


And as I saw him finish I said, “I think I’m going to have to do that again.” To which Jason replied, “I might have to do it too…”

Stay tuned for more on that…


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