I know it is a bit ridiculous that with all the races and training I’ve done, I have not posted all summer long. I have definitely been busy, but probably not as busy as Dustin and Care so no excuses! June obviously brought my AMAZING niece, Kila Montana. I made a couple trips up there, arriving the night she was born and then making another trip just before she turned a month old. I just saw her this past weekend at my Half Ironman right after she turned 3 months old. She, Dustin, Care, Tsali (my dog niece) and my Dad and Patti all came up to cheer me on! In that capacity it was the best race ever, though performance-wise not so much. Details on that race coming soon…
July and August were CRAZY busy serving as the Summer Sizzler Event Director as well as the Rocketman Olympic Triathlon Volunteer Coordinator. In addition, I made a job change within Family Services Center to the Homicide Survivors Program. September absolutely flew by, as I spent 2 1/2 weeks of the month on vacation in Spokane, WA and Glacier National Park, MT. So, here is my attempt to update everyone on what I have been up to this summer. Hold on tight. It’s a wild ride!
On July 9, 2011 the Dixie Daredevils held a fundraiser in conjunction with the Rocket City Hash House Harriers, which ended up bringing us to our $15,000 fundraising goal. So, it is official! The DD’s are going to Hood to Coast 2012!!! If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet, please do so. Tell your friends! Over the next year, we will continue to raise funds for American Cancer Society and our travel expenses. We have a Jewelry party coming up this Friday in which DD friend and Lia Sophia consultant, Sandra Tompkins will donate 75% of her commissions towards our travel expenses!! In addition, the Skinny Turkey 5K and 10K on Saturday, November 26, 2011 will be donating its proceeds to our travel expenses!! Race Director, Parker Edmiston ROCKS!!! So, gather your family and friends to run off those Thanksgiving calories and release some Black Friday shopping stress!
In July I raced the Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG 5K at Bridgestreet. It was a typical hot, humid, sunny day in Huntsville, Alabama. I was determined to PR though and I did! Although my time was 24:36, the course was long. Given the calculation formula from the Race Director my time was 22:23, which I am TOTALLY claiming! That race was tough!! I remember kicking it up to a sprint once my Garmin said 3 miles only to find out that I was STILL RUNNING after the 3.1 distance. I felt like I was going to die, but ended up taking 1st place in the 30-39 female age group and came in 4th overall female, about a minute behind the 3rd place female. I ended up volunteering for (and not racing) the Paint the Streets 5K, which is a Team Rocket Tri Club (TRTC) event directed by Jim Varnavas. The event was a HUGE success and is only in it’s 2nd year, raising over v$20K. I know I speak for the entire club when I say we are proud of and thankful to have Jim!I want to test my 5K again on a course that is measured accurately, but I am not sure if I should “race” a 5K the weekend before my marathon. If you have thoughts on this, please let me know!
Saturday, August 6, 2011 was the Summer Sizzler Super Metric Century Bike Ride benefiting the Both Parents Supervised Visitation Program at Family Services Center. As I am the Event Director for the Sizzler, I was super busy the entire month of July. It was SO worth every effort of myself and all the fabulous volunteers who gave of their time and energy to put on an event that drew almost 200 cyclists. This was my 3rd year as Event Director and I am proud to say the ride has grown each year, thanks to our enthusiastic and passionate cycling and triathlon communities. Thank you to each of you who helped along the way and/or at the event. You guys ROCK!! Mark your calendars for the 2012 date, Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 7:00 am; spread the word!
I spent the remainder of August riding as much as I could, primarily at the “Bike with Mike” nights. I definitely took advantage of the extra daylight hours this summer, and met lots of great people along the way. This fall and winter I am organizing a weekly ride called “Night Riding Disco Lighting”! Basically it is just a fun excuse to motivate us all to ride outside during the dark and cold months. Come on, you know you want to join! Ok, and if you are “just a runner” I might have something else fun up my sleeve! Stay tuned…
August was also super busy with my Rocketman Olympic Triathlon Volunteer Coordinator obligations. If you have never raced Rocketman, you are totally missing out. If you are looking for an end of summer oly distance race that is very well organized and makes each athlete feel like a Rockstar, look no further. Race Director and Team Rocket Tri Club member, Mike Gerrity puts on a top notch event. Registration is now open for the 2012 race! Register now and get the early bird discount. Better yet, join Team Rocket and get $15 off your race fee, and become a member of the coolest tri club in town! Unfortunately I will not be able to race the 2012 event, as I will be running in Oregon with my Dixie Daredevils! It’s bittersweet. If you are interested in taking over as Volunteer Coordinator for the 2012 event let me know. Mike is on top of things and will be recruiting soon!
Finally, September rolled around and it was time for my vacation! I scored 2 1/2 weeks off and planned the trip of a lifetime. Even though I go to Glacier every summer, each trip is entirely different; and yes, each picture I take (of the “same thing”) is entirely different. My vacation deserves (and requires) a post of it’s own, so stay tuned! Just think Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge, Stand Up Paddleboarding on Lake Coeur d’Alene, a 2.5/80/2.5 “solo duathlon” around the Flathead Valley, a ride by Hammer Nutrition headquarters, catching up with old friends, Amtrak train rides, a 9 day backpacking trip through Glacier National Park, a climb up Mount Oberlin for amazing 360* views! See, a trip of a lifetime… I promise to write about it soon!