After a few big donations, our donations are at $4248 and a total mileage of 2208.08. We are very excited about getting two $1000 donations, one from Midtown Massage and Wellness Center and the other from an anonymous donor. We know who you are!!!
I hit another obstacle this week. I went to Urgent Care for what we thought was a bladder infection. After 2 days of antibiotics, and no improvement, I ended up in the E.R. I had a much more serious infection. They gave me some antibiotics and pain medications. My potassium was also low and I have a kidney stone floating around in my kidney. I am pretty much on bed rest since it is painful to stand and walk. It will probably be a week or so until I am able to train.
Apparently the antibiotics that I need for my infection can cause tendons to weaken and athletes that train after taking them tend to have their Achilles snap. They gave me a weaker dose and if it doesn't improve within the next couple days, I will have to go to the stronger antibiotics. This will mean I will not be able to finish what I have started. We are hoping that my body is able to fight the infection with the meds I am currently on.
Until then, I will be resting, drinking lots of fluids and thinking positive thoughts. Thank you to all who have donated, and I hope to be back at it soon.
With a total of 1,347.63 miles and $1,748, everything feels exciting and training has been positive. The Olivia Caldwell Foundation has started Miles for Gold, which gives people the opportunity to raise money on their own while training, and there is already someone who has started the process. I don't know if it is the nice weather or the extra motivation, but my runs have become faster and longer and my bike rides and swims are following that trend. It only feels like a burden if I am training at 9pm which hasn't been a frequent problem. All in all I am feeling better about everything this month.
My family got a reminder of how devastating cancer is when we found out our dog had two tumors that were affecting her way of life. Within two weeks, she went from being the normal pain in the butt, messy, happy, lazy dog, to us having to put her down. Even though she wasn't our child, everyone knows how dogs become part of the family. Cancer is a sad disease that affects almost everyone. We hope that someday they will find a cure.
There are only four and a half months till the Race for Olivia, almost half way there. I feel confident that I am able to go half the distance in each discipline. I was doubting myself but recently my training has elevated and is at a place where I am comfortable with my progress. I am looking forward to spending the week in Idaho with family and friends at our cabin and making a little vacation out of it. After all, family and loved ones are the important things in life.
Five months until race day. I have had a strong last couple months. We have brought in a total of $1473.28 and I have trained a total of 1065.38 miles. To put that in perspective that is more than the miles between Reno and Denver. Training lately has been a good experience. The weather has been nice and I actually ran outside in a tank top. I still haven't ridden my bike outside yet, but that is only because it is still dark when I am training on it.
I have been taking my rest days on Mondays because I am off of work usually. This lets me really maximize my rest, which is really important because by the end of the week, my body is so tired I feel like I am not getting the most out of my training. We have done a couple videos and they have gotten a lot of views and likes which is good. However, I am not doing this to get "likes", I am doing this to raise money for pediatric cancer research. I would challenge everyone who likes a video on Facebook to donate at least one dollar. At this rate my miles will match my dollar amount in the next month.
We will be getting shirts designed and made soon, which will be available for online ordering. We are currently rethinking our strategy for raising money. The problem we have been having with companies is that they don't want to donate because the charity is not local. How different would companies feel if they had a child that went to the hospital in Denver where this money is going? I get really frustrated when I am running because I feel like I should have raised more money. But the fact of the matter is, no amount of money is enough and I would probably be frustrated and wishing I raised more. This is why we made a goal of 1 mile for every $1. We are currently ahead of that goal and I need to remember that we are just a family in Reno, not a company, or an event. We are just a family that is trying to help out in any way we can.
I am 10 weeks in and have raised $1273.28 and am currently ahead of our goal of raising one dollar for every mile. I have trained a total of 769.59 miles. It doesn't seem like much but my body is really starting to feel the miles increasing each week. Two weeks ago I came down with another head cold, the day before we went on vacation. I only ran once that week because I didn't want a repeat of the last time I tried to train when I was sick.
I came back from vacation well rested had my fasted swim and longest run of the program so far. I was concerned because before my morning run after vacation I had a sharp pain in my foot. It kind of felt like a stress fracture, so I took another day off and was forced by Janelle to ice and roll it with a golf ball. The next run I did was with Janelle and our friend Cassie, my foot felt fine. I guess my body is just getting beat up from training ten times a week.
Ten workouts a week, that is what it takes I suppose, or hope. The idea of swimming, biking and running that much in one day still feels a little out of reach but I cannot stop. There are exactly six months until race day. We have sent out a bunch of packets and Janelle just got some good news today that we hope to announce in our next blog (fingers crossed).
Till then, please donate. My miles are slowly creeping up on our donations!!!
I am 7 weeks into the training and have gone a total of 630.92 miles and have nearly raised twice that. $1257 is amazing. I am beginning to wonder if there is even a chance of me keeping up with the dollar amount of donations. There has been so much love and support so far. The last three weeks were chaotic. I was in Florida for 10 days but that didn't stop me. Even though I didn't have my bike, I rode the hotel's recumbent, anyone who has ever ridden one will cringe when I say I was on it for 1:45 at a time, one night the pain lasted until 2 a.m. Now that is some dedication.
I got back from my trip to a wife and daughter who was starting to get sick. This last week has been a balancing act of training and taking care of them, which means I would do my Husband and Fatherly duties and go to the gym to get my swimming done at 9 pm. With them being better, we started training week 8 with the same hectic ritual. I woke up this morning to find my dog's snout to be swollen. I had to leave her at the vet and hopefully they will find out that it is a minor issue.
This Sunday we will be leaving on a much needed family vacation to Alabama to visit my mom, and then to Texas to visit my brother that I served in the Marine Corps with. I will still be racking up mileage while I'm gone, no matter how much of a pain it is. I have committed to something, and I will see it through to the best of my ability. When we get back from this trip, the race will be only 6 months out, so it will be time to really start preparing.
The hard part about endurance races is not the race, but the training. The race will only be 13 hours, it is committing yourself to 8 months of training in the middle of the night, being tired all of the time, sacrificing family time to go run up a mountain in the snow, training on vacation when everyone else is having fun. It is those times that you look back upon as being the real challenge. I have to be thankful that Janelle and Bella are so supportive and helpful with this crazy idea that I came up with. They are sacrificing just as much as I am.
Till next time, keep the donations coming. Without all of the support and donations, mine and my families sacrifices are for nothing.
I have been training for 4 weeks now and have gone a total of 372.22 miles. I have been able to stay healthy for the past two weeks and logged over 130 miles. It is fun to watch the miles increase, even though the fatigue is starting to creep into every day activities. Yesterday we went sledding after I had ran and biked, and chasing a 3 year old up that 10 ft hill was brutal. I guess it is time to start conserving my energy as much as possible, although I would rather be dead beat tired and spend time with my family than rest. After all, family is what is important in life, so I will continue to play tag your it and dance with my daughter till wee hours of the night. I have also started eating more. I wake up every morning with my stomach growling, no matter how much I eat the night before. Janelle laughs at me when I say I'm hungry twenty minutes after eating dinner. Time to put some money aside for the grocery bill.
Overall it has been a fun experience so far. I have made just shy of $900 and continuously thinking about new ways to inspire people to donate. I have begun dropping flyers off at business that I visit. I have a stack in my truck and hand them out when I stop somewhere. Hopefully the community will get behind this effort to fight for a cure. It has been really fun to watch all of the activity on the Facebook page. There are new followers and likes daily, from all over the country. Now those people just need to donate. Even a couple dollars will make a difference.
I have two trips coming up, one to Florida for the PGA Show and another to Alabama and Texas to visit family. It will be hard to get my training in. The last thing I want to do on vacation is to wake up and go for a run or ride a bike in some tiny hotel gym. But training for an event like this takes a great deal of dedication, and I have to keep it in mind that there are only 8 months left, and it is for a great cause. It is hard for people to have perspective on situations.
No matter how hard your current situation is, there is someone out there going through something ten times worse. Enjoy your life, and remember that hard times will pass. There is always someone there to help you through these times and you should never give up.
Week two is in the books. I had to take the first couple days off to get rid of my sickness, but I still managed to log 41.46 miles which puts me at 240.31 total miles. I have really been lucking out with the weather, but it is not looking good this week. On Wednesday it looks like I will be running when it is 3 degrees outside. I wake up and workout so early that I can crawl back into my warm bed until Bella wakes up which is nice.
I don't know if it is an illusion or what, but this training has not really taken away from my time with my family. When I trained for my marathon, Janelle was working on her MBA, I was working on my PGA Apprenticeship, and we had a baby under the age of one. When Janelle and I trained for our half ironman we had a toddler and it is not possible to train at the same time. This made training absorb our entire days together. Now Janelle is working on strength training and neither of us are in school, so I am able to schedule my training in a way that will take away as little time as possible, this will change when I am riding 100+ miles and running over 20 in a day, but that is a ways away.
Our family has already booked a cabin that sleeps 13 people in Idaho and we are excited to spend the week with family and friends. We would like to encourage everyone to come out and witness the race in person, and would love to see everyone there. In the meantime there are miles to be traveled and dollars to be raised. I cannot thank everyone enough for their contributions, and for those that have not donated yet please do so. Our next promotion to raise money is coming soon, the Rowdy Bars were a success and we are very thankful to Kellie for her generous help.
First week of training (sort of) is in the books. Bella, my daughter had her third birthday last week, it was my one year anniversary, and Christmas, very busy week to start something such as training for an Ironman. For Bella's birthday, we were going to have a sledding party until we noticed that the high was 24 degrees, we then decided it would be better to just have people at our house. Anyone with kids can tell you what happens when you have a bunch of toddlers in a closed environment in December. I woke up that afternoon from a nap with a sore throat. I decided to ignore it and Monday woke up to training day one.
I was getting very good at waking up at 5 am and biking in the garage. Last time I had ridden my bike trainer in the garage was in the summer and it felt like a sweat lodge. I have to admit that it is kind of nice to ride when it is in the low 20's. In the afternoon, after drinking many cups of coffee, I would do another workout, whether it be swimming or running. Needless to say I had a pretty good routine going. I was beginning to figure out my eating, sleeping and training, getting a good balance. All this time I had that cold lingering.
There was one morning when I was running that I actually wondered to myself if this was how people get pneumonia. Friday I had planned to wake up and bike to start the day, but my tonsils hurt so bad I could barely swallow. I was officially sick, too sick to train. I took Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. Even though I was not feeling well, it was still a blessing in disguise to be able to spend the weekend with my family, without any other obligations. In the four days of stubborn training I was able to log a total of 39.9 miles which puts me at a grand total of 198.85 miles.
We had our first promotion start in the last couple weeks also. We have been selling Rowdy Bars on the Race for Olivia Website. They are a protein bar company that a friend started. All of the money has been going toward the foundation. There are only six boxes left so order yours today from the website. We had ordered a box and they are already gone. They are not your normal protein bar. They do not have that chalky flavor. They remind me of my favorite candy, Reese's Pieces. With Rowdy Protein Bars on board, we have raised a total of $883.31. We are way ahead of our goal but any amount of money is not enough. Children everywhere need our help so let's keep it going.
I am currently at 158.95 miles and we are still ahead of our goal with $175. I will probably be over 175 miles within the next two weeks so we need some donations. We have gotten a couple of big commitments for some sponsors, which we are really looking forward to. Janelle is going to be sending out a bunch of the sponsorship packets, so if you are interested let us know and we will send you one.
On October 1st Janelle and I ran the Tahoe Flume Half Marathon. The first four miles were straight uphill, somewhere around 1800 ft of elevation gain. Having been running up Peavine for the past six months, I felt totally prepared. I passed a whole lot of runners on the way up. At the top there was an aid station that had high power water bottles. I squirted a bunch of water straight into the back of my throat and had to wait a minute until the choking stopped. I then had to pass all of the people for a second time. I finished in the top 25 out of 269 people. It was good revenge on the half marathon distance after getting destroyed during the run of the Lake Tahoe Triathlon.
Since then, I have really been enjoying the cross training and just running my measly three mile runs every couple days. I am only about six weeks from training all of the time, and the weather should be nice and cold when I start. When I trained for my marathon a couple of years ago, it was during winter. I will remember those days and draw from that experience. Band aids over the nipples, thick underwear, gloves, and hot chocolate are a must. It is probably the best time to get into a solid training plan though because my hours at work are shorter and more conducive for it. Until December 18th, I will be enjoying the warmth of my home and family.
Everything is starting to get real. We have booked a cabin in Idaho for our families to stay at the week of the race. I am lucky to have the people in my life that support all of my crazy ideas. It will be fun to spend the week with all of those people and very special to see them along the course.
It is not too early for donations. We have $175 which is ahead of our goal now but the miles are going to pick up in six weeks so we would like to have a bigger head start. Go to the Olivia Caldwell Foundation's website and donate to the Race for Olivia to help find a cure for pediatric cancer.
It has been one month since the triathlon and I have been enjoying the time I have been able to spend with my family and not having to train as much. I have still been running and logged 15.1 miles in the last week, which put us at a total mileage of 118.98. With the light workload on the training end, Janelle and I have been working on some logistics of getting sponsorships with businesses and are ironing some details out for the fundraising part. We have packets containing all of the sponsorship information, and it can also be obtained through the website.
This last week, one of my fellow Marines committed suicide. That night I went on a run and had some good time to think. As I came around the turn at the top of King’s Row overlooking the city, I was reminded of how beautiful life is and how lucky we all are for the amount of time we have on this Earth, even if it is a short time. Brent Bishop was one of the most honorable people, and Marines I had ever met. It is shocking to know that such a strong person and leader was in need of help and didn’t get it.
It fires me up when I see people on Facebook doing these challenges to “raise awareness”. Everyone knows that Veterans are struggling with suicide and PTSD. Everyone knows that we need to find a cure for cancer. I believe that these pushup challenges and others like it are lazy attempts to make people feel like they are doing something to help. They didn’t help Staff Sergeant Bishop, they aren’t helping the children that are dying everyday of cancer. Instead of raising awareness, we need to get out in the community and make a difference. Go down to the VA and see what you can do to help, donate money, actually DO something. People need your help in many different ways, and raising awareness simply isn’t enough. That is why I decided to start the Race for Olivia. I looked for my strength’s, I am mentally tough enough to do an Ironman and endure all of the physical pain that will come and this is how I choose to help. I need everyone’s help and support in donating to the Foundation. Please donate now and together we can make a difference in the lives of children everywhere.
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