Four Weeks and a Chance to Win an Echo

I can’t believe it – only four weeks to go! Had a breakthrough swim last night,  I swam almost 2.7 miles (that is 188 laps in a 25 yard pool) in under 1 hour and 15 minutes. The race swim is 2.4 miles and the cut off time is 2 hours and 20 minutes. That swim cleared a big mental hurdle for me!

Had the pool to myself for a change

 

I still have a little ways to go with the fund raising, but thanks to the good folks at Amazon, I will be raffling off an Amazon Echo to help reach my fundraising goal. Any donation above $30 between now and July 8th will help the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation achieve their mission and provide you a chance to win some great technology for your home or office!


The following is the breakdown on how to get chances to win:

  • $30 – One Chance
  • $50 – Two Chances
  • $100 – Five Chances
  • $250+ – Fifteen Chances

Please make your donations through my MMRF donation page. The drawing will be held on July 8th. I will email you after receiving your donation confirming the number of raffle chances. Thanks in advance and good luck in the raffle!

5 Weeks to Go

I am sitting in the Chicago Airport on Father’s Day and can’t believe it is five weeks until the IronMan Lake Placid. It seems like just a short time ago I announced I was doing this as a Charity Entry for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Training has been a lot recently, many long hours swimming, riding, and running, last week I spent more than 16 hours either swimming, riding or running. It is funny, I have never been the guy the people in a gym knew by first name, now I am. My wife has been poking fun at me, I am eating everything in the house and none of my none of my clothes fit me any longer. But it  became more even more real this week when the race kits arrived on Thursday. This shit is really getting close!

Tribute still to be announced….
 To circle back to Father’s Day, I can’t believe that it has been 14 years since my father lost his battle with Bladder & Brain Cancer.
Happy Father’s Day!

I remember how hard it was to go through that process and how difficult it was on our family. I want to do everything in my power to help others from having to go through that process. I would like to say thank you to everyone that has helped me get closer to my fund raising goal of $5,000. I am a little over $3,000 and could use some more help over the next few weeks in reaching my goal to help other families not have to go through that ordeal. If you have donated, I sincerely THANK YOU, but please share the link to my donation page with your friends and family. If you haven’t donated, please consider donating whatever you can.

 

Training going great, fund raising not so much…

A lot of things have happened since my last post. First and foremost, my training has been going great, last week I hit all of my distance and time goals and was not completely destroyed at the end of the week. The week before that, I spent a week in the mountains running through mountain lion country.

This week is starting off well and I am getting prepped for the Marine Corps 17.75k this weekend. I found a local Olympic distance triathlon, High Cloud PeasantMan, to do in the beginning of May. I also got notice that I secured a lottery position for the 2017 New York City Marathon!!!

The latest ranking from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation came out and I have slipped out of the Top 10. Way out of the Top 10 to be honest…

Thanks to a lot of you, I have raised almost $1,800, but I still have a long ways to go to my $5,000 goal. There 18 weeks left until the IronMan Lake Placid, that means I have to raise almost $180 every week from now until then to meet my goal. Do you think you can help me reach that goal? Please donate what you can. If you do not have the means to donate, please share this post with as many of your friends as you can.

Thank you in advance and stay tuned – there is more to come!

 

Giving Tuesday – Don’t Dig a Hole

If you are reading this, you have survived the food induced coma from Thanksgiving. Hopefully you didn’t get in a fight at the store on Black Friday or followed REI’s motto of #OptOutside and spent the day outdoors with your loved ones. Maybe you supported your local small businesses on Small Business Saturday and finished off your holiday shopping on Cyber Monday. Which leads us to today – Giving Tuesday.

One of my favorite games to play at family gatherings is Cards Against Humanity (like you expected anything better out of me). There have a few very late nights with my niece, nephews and their significant others in tears from laughing. Last week, the folks at Cards Against Humanity starting digging a hole and funded it with donations. There was no purpose for the hole other than digging it and having it funded by donations. From the interaction below, you can see why I enjoy playing Cards Against Humanity with them:

Digging a hole

D hit the nail right on the head from the FAQ:

Q: Why aren’t you giving the money to charity?
A: It’s your money. Why aren’t YOU giving it to charity.

Another FAQ I thought was relevant was:

Q: How am I supposed to feel about this?
A: You’re supposed to think it’s funny. You might not get it for a while, but some time next year you’ll chuckle quietly to yourself and remember all this business about the hole.

I see the humor and given everything that has been going on over the past few months, I think the hole is about as relevant as many other news items. But I ask a favor, if you are going to donate today, please consider donating to the Multiple Myleoma Research Foundation.  I don’t know a single person that has not been impact by cancer, whether personally, through a friend or loved one. This organization is solid  with 90% of the funds raised used to support research and related programming.

The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. As the world’s number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $240 million since its inception to fund laboratories and trials worldwide. Ninety percent of the MMRF’s budget is dedicated to support research and related programming, earning the very highest ratings from the nation’s leading charity evaluators such as Charity Navigator.

So please consider donating a few dollars, or more if you can, I don’t want to limit you. I know a number of you have made donations, and I truly appreciate it. If you could share my donations page or posts from here and help spread the story that would be great.

The Results are In

Less than 10 hours ago, I was finishing up the Nation’s Tri and came in 42nd (out of 107) in my age group and 482 (out of 1349). I will take it! Right now, I am more than 29,000’ in the air flying to Switzerland thinking about how today went and am really happy. One thing I was really stoked about was my bike section, averaging over 21 mph for 40k.

Me finishing today’s race

Thank you to everyone for all of the encouragement and support in the postings today. It definitely makes it easier to stay excited. Today was just the first step in the process towards next year’s IronMan Lake Placid. I have done a lot of work over the past year just to get myself here. In just under one year, I have lost over 45 pounds, run over 850 miles and am not sure how many miles I have put in on a bike (not as many as I should have to be honest).

Me about a year ago carrying an extra 45 lbs.

But as I mentioned, this is only the start. I still have a lot of serious work lined up ahead of me, not only physically, but I also have a ways to go with my fund raising efforts. I have raised $300 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, which is a good start. But I still have another $4700 to go until I can actually toe the line in Lake Placid. So please donate and help me get there.

Next stop, Marine Corps Marathon!