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.