Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My 2014 fundraising project

The Ironman foundation provides a unique opportunity for athletes to fundraise while they train. I have taken on the challenge of not only participating in the race but also fundraising for the Scott Rigsby Foundation.

"The Scott Rigsby Foundation is the exclusive charity partner of Ironman 70.3 Augusta. I have registered through The Ironman Foundation to raise funds and support our returning warriors. Funds will help military families through The Scott Rigsby Foundation and its partners in the Georgia Warrior Alliance, focusing on Health and Wellness, Education and Employment Assistance."

In the past I have done fundraisers and each time they are personal to me, this is no different. A year ago I was able to help Kathy participate in her first triathlon. I had never done one myself. Kathy is a wounded Veteran, and a friend, and watching her cross off another box on her bucket list was very fulfilling. If I can help other veterans then why shouldn't I, right? I would not being doing triathlon's if it weren't for Kathy (yes she knows it's all her fault) so it's only fitting that my first big race is a fundraiser for others just like her. 

I have a goal of raising $2,500. I know there are a lot of good causes and reasons to give but if you could spare even $5 you would be helping. Below is the link to my fundraising page. Please donate and/or pass it on to anyone that may be able to help support this wonderful cause.

Thank you!

70.3: What did I get myself into

70.3 miles, some water, a bike and a pair of shoes. I will of course need a few more things but I can worry about my packing list later. This September I will be going 70.3 miles in just one race. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.....yikes!!! I still can't believe I signed myself up for this but I'm really excited for the challenge. My blog will following my training and preparation so if you don't want to read about swimming, biking, running or living healthy I understand. I am open to advice and encouragement since this will be my first major race 

A few weeks ago Kathy and I finished the St. Anthony's Olympic distance triathlon and it felt great! Kathy improved a lot since last year and I found out that I like triathlons a lot! It's a unique physical and mental challenge that really gets me excited about working out. When i find something that takes working out from a chore to a privilage I know I should stick wiith it for a while, so I'm doing 70.3. I found a training program that I like and makes sense with my schedule. I'm sure there will be weeks when I don't follow it exactly but nobody's perfect so I'm just going to do the best that I can. 

September 28th I will be swimming, biking and running in Augusta, Georgia in the Half Ironman....and I can't wait!