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As an ovarian cancer survivor, I will race in 50 triathlons in all 50 states by 50-years-old to raise $100,000 for ovarian cancer research. This campaign is self inspired, self orchestrated and 100% self funded. In addition, all in-kind donations are turned into cash donations by me in the same name of the person who donates. I race for women who have lost their battle, women undergoing treatment and women yet to be diagnosed.

Please help with even a $10 donation!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Local Press

My local paper did an article on me this week. I was pretty excited because it is on page 2 and took up almost the entire page. I know you can't read this but click on it and it should take you to the website for the publication.

On another note, I am busy booking flights, cars, hotels and making plans for a bunch of states. I almost have the schedule mapped out and it is coming together quite nicely. Stay tuned; I should be posting more details soon. Now I have to stop eating cookies and actually train.
Happy holidays to all!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Year In Review

Thanks to your donations in 2010, OCRF researchers have worked hard to push forward the science of ovarian cancer. Below is a partial list of the exciting discoveries made by OCRF researchers this year. With each new finding, momentum is being created to change the future so that no woman has to die from this disease. To learn more about an individual finding, go to the OCRF website at We are all in this together and your contributions have made a difference. Thanks so much!

  • Discovered five gene variants linked to ovarian cancer
  • Revealed how microRNA regulates ovarian cancer stem cells
  • Shown that the change in CA-125 over time can be useful for early detection
  • Discovered a protein that boosts the creation of ovarian cancer blood vessels
  • Identified SIK2 as a potential target for ovarian cancer therapy

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Alaska Weighing In

Good news! I have been invited to race in Alaska at the Tri the Kenai triathlon in June. It is very exciting because the race is the culmination of a 3 day festival in honor of the area and the Kenai River that runs through the town. I am working out the details but it looks like a great opportunity to meet lots of people and spread the word about my campaign.
Holiday chaos is here and in between festive moments, I am trying to plan my race calendar. Hopefully by early January I will have it locked in. But in the meantime, hearing from states with generous offers to participate in their races is in the true spirit of giving and is making my holiday season that much more festive. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shout Out To The Firefighters of Texas

The Highland Park Department of Public Safety has stepped up and is going to race with me in their home state of Texas. One of their own, John, read about me in Triathlete Magazine and contacted me. His wife is an ovarian cancer survivor and he was looking for a venue to raise awareness and donations for the cause. We have joined forces and his crew and I are all racing in the St Patty's Day Triathlon in Texas on March 13, 2011. Better still, he has developed a fundraising page and is trying to raise much needed funds on behalf of my campaign. I am so grateful for John and the gang of Highland Park, Texas for getting on board and joining me in this important battle. Please help with even a $5 donation. It will take all of us working together to find a method of early detection for ovarian cancer.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Week After The Feast

If this image makes you go "UGH", you are not alone. I have eaten myself silly. What is it about this crazy holiday that makes us consume a ridiculous amount of calories? It sure was fun but enough is enough. Tomorrow is Monday and the normal eating habits begin once more.
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My husband and I hosted 36 of his family members this year. Everyone contributed to the dinner and this will be a tough year to beat. Truly, everyone pulled out all the stops and prepared some creative things. My favorite was my husband's onion casserole and a close second was my sister-in-laws artichoke stuffing. Turkey? Who cares about turkey. I'm all about the sides.
But I digress; this is about getting back on the beam. But not until tomorrow. Tonight there is still one more piece of pumpkin pie with my name on it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Giving Thanks

At this particular time of year it is important to give thanks. I have so much to be grateful for and I want to take a minute to give you my "short" list.
  • My health, which was almost taken from me due to ovarian cancer.
  • My husband, who has been my friend for almost 30 years.
  • My mother, who is my biggest fan and backs my every decision.
  • My friends, who lift me up, when I can barely lift myself.
  • My home, that provides me with a haven to recover and recharge for another day.
  • My sport, which has become my lifestyle.

This list is by no means exhaustive. I am sure as soon as I post it, I will think of at least a dozen more things to add. In the meantime... be safe this holiday and enjoy your loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Good Fight

Yesterday I heard that a good friend's mother passed away from ovarian cancer.  Her name was Gisela.  It is with great sadness that I make this post as her passing has really hit a nerve for me.  Gisela was diagnosed about two years ago and bravely battled this disease.  But like so many other women, the battle was too much and took her too soon.  When I learned the news in 2009, I dedicated a race to her.  I often thought of her and "carried" her with me while I raced.  Although I never met her, she is familiar to me.  Her story is like so many others.  Subtle symptoms, late stage diagnosis, treatment to no avail and ultimately, no cure.  This is why I race.  A method of early detection is what we need.  If Gisela had been diagnosed in Stage II, instead of Stage IV, there would be no need for OCRF or for my campaign. In the meantime, I can't bring Gisela back but I can race to raise money for a method of early detection.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Guys

The end of the season means a serious tuneup for my bicycle. I have to treat her right if I expect her to be dismantled, shipped, assembled and perform well weekend after weekend months on end. These are the guys who take care of her. Meet the bike techs of Carl Hart Bicycles.
I like going to the same bike store because they "know" me, they are aware of my campaign and can often see things that we (my bicycle and I) need that I am unaware of. It is about an hour away from my house but well worth the drive. A special perk though is that Darren (part owner, on the right) lives close to my home. He often transports my bike back and forth so I don't have to make the trip. Now that's customer service.
So a big shout out to Darren and all the gang at Carl Hart for taking care of me and my very special piece of equipment.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

So is anyone else bummed about the fast approaching winter? I am liking the thought of it less and less. Autumn has traditionally been my favorite time of year but I must be getting old or something. This year autumn represents the season before winter, which means colder weather and dark, morning runs. Ugh... kinda hard to get out of a warm bed in the dark to go for a 5 mile run. Well luckily it is officially the off season and I don't pressure myself. There are no "have to" statements this time of year. If my body wakes up and feels like stepping out in 30 degree temps in the pitch black, I do. If not, I don't. It's that simple. So while this lap of luxury is upon me, I will soak it up. It is short lived and by Thanksgiving, I will be back into training and preparing for spring. For now, I will wrap my hands around a cup of tea and maybe.... just one more cookie.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Texas for St Paddy's Day

Looks like race #1 for the 2011 season will be in Texas and in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Sights are set for March 13 and I will be racing with the Highland Park Fire Department. They heard about my campaign and want to join in the efforts. How fun is that? One of the guys in the house has a wife who is battling ovarian cancer and he wants to rally the troops in support of this important cause. He and I have been going back and forth trying to find a date and a location and it looks like Keller, Texas is the spot. Complete with Irish jigs and bagpipes at the finish line, this event seems like a perfect way to start the 2011 season. Only 5 months away.... already excited!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Learning A Lesson From A Younger Athlete

This young athlete, Gracie Morris, embodies everything triathlon. She races for the pure joy of it but also combines a charity close to her heart when she trains and competes. We can all learn a lesson from Gracie. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Well + Good NYC and Me

It's all about getting the message to as many people as possible and today's post on the Well + Good NYC blog did just that. A special shout out to Lisa Held who contacted me about my campaign. She was in the audience for a speech I did recently at a L'Oreal employee breakfast. Although I really hate this spotlight and am actually feeling pretty uncomfortable by it, I am reminded constantly of why I do this.
I received an email recently from someone who had read my blog. She said she had been experiencing some of the symptoms I described and had never even considered ovarian cancer. Armed with more information about this disease, she asked her doctor to "prove that she didn't have ovarian cancer". A pelvic ultrasound confirmed her worst nightmare.... ovarian cancer..... BUT stage I.
Treatments exist for ovarian cancer and if caught in early stages, it is 92% curable. For all intents and purposes, my email friend will be fine. She caught it early because of something she read. This is why I race. This is why I campaign. This is why you need to donate $5 to help find a method of early detection. Enough said.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Gearing Up For 2011

With the release of my piece in Triathlete Magazine, I got some great emails. Two in particular came from race directors, inviting me to race in their states and their races. So it looks like I am bound for Kansas in July and Oregon in August. How exciting that my race calendar is filling in only a week after my 2010 season ended.
Another email came from a firefighter in Dallas, Texas whose wife is battling ovarian cancer. He has wanted to do something for this "teal" cause but didn't know if anything existed. He has raced for other charities and thought it would benefit many people if he could spread the word about ovarian cancer. Resigned to take on the task himself, he read about my 50x50x100 campaign and contacted me. We have been emailing ever since and it looks like he and his triathlon/fire fighter buddies are going to join my campaign this year. They will don the teal colors and race to raise funds for OCRF. So it looks like Dallas, Texas will also be on my list for 2011.
I am thrilled this campaign is becoming viral. That is the only way we will save lives, one person at a time. Spreading the message and getting donations into the hands of researchers is how we will conquer ovarian cancer. I am doing my part. Would you consider helping with a $5 donation?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Hot Off The Presses

Just back from Mississippi and treated with more southern hospitality than I thought possible, I made it in the papers. Click on the link here for the Hattiesburg American and check out my results. It was a great race and because the race director had put my story on the race website, lots of folks knew me before I arrived and approached me during the event. That made my grass-roots effort of talking to people about signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer easier. I already had to "opener" with the story of my campaign and as a result, I was able to talk to many more people about this disease. The weather was perfect and conditions were beautiful. I'm pretty happy with my results too. A great way to end my 2010 season. Recap of the season in my next blog post.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Where It All Began

When I was receiving chemo, I saw an ad for a triathlon series in 3 states, benefitting ovarian cancer. I committed to participate in the entire series when I got better. That ad was in Triathlete Magazine and it started my journey and my current campaign.

This month I am the featured triathlete in the same magazine. It is pretty exciting and my hope is that it reaches many people and saves some lives. Click on the link below to read the article. Triathlete Magazine

And while you are at it.... would you be willing to donate $5? Even if you have already donated, can you donate another $5? Thanks so much for your support!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

State #20 Coming Up

My final race of the 2010 season represents state #20 on my mission to complete all 50 states. I am so happy the campaign has come to fruition and that I will be 40% done in less than 2 weeks. More exciting is how many people have come on board, donated and thanked me for my efforts. I am 100% convinced lives are being saved.
The race director in Mississippi caught wind of my campaign and has asked if I would like to wear #20 on race day. He also found a bike mechanic that is receiving my bike (via UPS) and putting it together for me. Thanks Ben and Sam! Now that's southern hospitality.
Someone asked me at the beginning of the season if I had a goal. Honestly, I wanted to come out of the season still enjoying the sport and uninjured. I am happy to report success in both areas.
If you are in the area of Hattiesburg, MS next weekend, please come out and say hi. I'd love to meet you.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ever Wonder Why Kelly Ripa Fights For Ovarian Cancer?

Just released, this short video explains why Kelly Ripa is so passionate about ovarian cancer, early detection and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

This Is Why I Race

Good news!!! Hot off the OCRF presses... See how your donations are working.

An international consortium of scientists funded by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) have discovered new genetic variants linked to ovarian cancer risk. The study was published in the Sept. 19 online edition of the journal Nature Genetics.
The Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium (OCAC), which was created in 2005 by a grant from OCRF, analyzed the DNA of more than 10,000 women with ovarian cancer and more than 13,000 women without the disease. They found five genetic variants in regions of the genome (chromosomes 2, 3, 8, 17 and 19) associated with ovarian cancer risk.
Four out of five of these variants were more common in women who had serous ovarian cancer, the most common and aggressive form of the disease.

This means that your donations are working!!! Science IS advancing and we are getting closer to finding a method of early detection. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. For those of you who haven't made a contribution, I beg of you.... give up one Grande-skinny-mocha-latte-no whip this week and donate $5 to OCRF. It all adds up. Thanks!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

18 Million Dollars and Counting

That's the amount L'Oreal has contributed to ovarian cancer research to date. Nope, not a typo. $18,000,000!!!
I had the honor of being asked to be one of two presenters at their employee breakfast this morning and it was a wonderful event. Standing room only, I spoke of my journey with diagnosis, treatment and my current campaign and effort to raise money and educate women about early detection. I think it went well; feedback was great.
In a world where money and profits seem like everything and greed runs rampant, L'Oreal is leading the way by being successful BUT doing the right thing. It is often hard to do the right thing but I think it is harder not to do the right thing. Their generosity is overwhelming and continues year after year.
September marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. All month L'Oreal will host events to educate their staff, their customers, all benefiting OCRF. They are the model company and it was a pleasure to be asked to present for them.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Was I at a Triathlon or Woodstock?

126,000 square feet of mud, rocking music playing and 7000 people in very little clothing. Sounds like Woodstock? Nope, it was this year's Nation's Triathlon in Washington DC. Entered into the Guiness World Book of Records this year, it is the largest triathlon in the country. Major rains overnight and a soggy forecast didn't dampen the spirits of the athletes, who were there to compete in the Olympic distance event.

It was hysterical. The mud was everywhere. I attempted to try to stay clean but at one point, I gave up and just went with it. It worked to my advantage... I guess. I had an amazing race. Placed 20th in my age group out of almost 200 old gals. Averaged 22 mph on the bike... even through the puddles. Wind beneath my wheels. And a solid run thanks to 2 women who paced me the whole 6 miles. Whoever they were, they were my running angels!

I walked the capital the day before and since it was September 11, it was very special. I met lots of folks along the way, gave out lots of cards and talked about my campaign. But I also took some time to thank the vets I met, saw the memorials and remembered those who lost their lives on that fateful day. The experience was very powerful.

Sore muscles today and a day off from exercise. Only one more race this year and then next year's planning begins. Hoping for another 10 - 12 states next year but let's not get ahead of myself.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Live With Regis & Kelly

So my husband's cousin, Toby, happens to be the piano teacher for Kelly Ripa's daughter. It's a tremendous coincidence and has nothing to do with the video clip she did for me with QVC. We only realized the coincidence after Kelly shot the introduction for me and the video segment. It is such a small world!
Today Toby got us tickets to the show so Kelly could officially meet me and make the connection. It was a blast. I've never been involved with live tv and it was pretty cool to see how it all comes together.
During a commercial break, she came over to introduce herself. She had me stand up in front of the audience and asked me to describe my 50x50x100 campaign. I got a huge round of applause and then she hugged me and told me how awesome the effort is.
I have to admit, I am a bit embarrassed by the recognition but the point is awareness and spreading the message. That being said, what better mouth piece than Kelly Ripa?
I gave her a card with my blog address and we'll see if any more comes of it. In the meantime, lots of people in the audience got a chance to see that ovarian cancer does NOT have to be a death sentence. Thanks Kelly!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Photos From Last Weekend

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! I hope you are all safe and secure after Hurricane Earl. It has just passed NY and truth to tell, it was a big nothing in my area. We were supposed to be flooded but I guess the course changed and nothing really happened. I guess that's a good thing but I like a good storm.... as long as I am not running or biking or swimming in it.
Here are some photos from last weekend. I barely recognized myself because my attire is so different. Unlike the white and teal uniform, I wore my TTT colors. This weekend is about rest and recovery, with a smattering of working out. Next weekend is another Olympic in Washington DC with about 5000 other athletes. I haven't been to DC since I was a kid so it should be fantastic. The course is right in the thick of the capital so the sights will be great and the course is flat and fast. I can't wait. But first... my R & R.
Be safe this weekend wherever your plans take you.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Familiarity Breeds Content

Now I know what that means... or at least applied to this yesterday's race. I raced locally yesterday with my club, Team Total Training and it was terrific. It felt like old home week. Here is a photo of me with one of my favorite teammates, Steve. Mother Nature provided us with a spectacular day to boot.
I wore my TTT uniform instead of my teal OCRF suit, as NY state didn't really need to "count" and I wanted to feel like I was a part of the club effort. Not sure how many of us were there but I know there were a lot. Everywhere I looked, there was a TTT uniform. And quite a few of us took home some hardware. I think we had 4 in the top 10 overall. I was 5th in age but more important, I bested my time by 2+ minutes. This is a race that I can actually compare, as I have done it 3 times before. I gave it my all, had nothing left in the tank, and had fun racing with friends. You can't ask for a better day.
TTT had a team party afterwards so we all got to see each other "with our clothes on". It's a bit of a triathlon joke because we usually only see each other in bathing suits or bike helmuts. At the very least, we are sweaty. So this was a nice occasion to look like our "real' self. Or is the sweaty triathlon look our real self? I wonder.
No time to rest. I got my confirmation for Nation's Tri today. Swim wave #19. It's a giant race. Excitement building...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Staying Close To Home

Another race coming up this weekend but this one is in my own backyard. I have already raced in NY many times so technically, I don't need this race or this state. But this one is special to me because it is a "team event". The group that I train with, Team Total Training, comes out en mass for this event. In fact, I think I might even wear the team colors this weekend and not the OCRF teal uniform I usually wear.
It's funny but I guess I am a bit lonely. I've been traveling all over the country and meeting lots of people but haven't had a chance to see friends, train with the team or do much summer socializing. Don't get me wrong; I am not complaining. But when the opportunity to be with my "peeps" came up, even though I didn't need to race NY, I jumped and registered right away.
So off to Oyster Bay and the TOBAY triathlon this weekend. Wave #6, Sunday morning. Weather forecast is great, after a very soggy, rainy week so the tri spirits will be with us.
Then two more races after that... but I am not thinking about them right now.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Weekend Off... Well, Not Really

Seems like a long time since I had a weekend "off".... whatever that means. I have been packing and loading up the car and traveling to races for the last several weekends so I guess it means a weekend of not driving. Alas, not the case. Even though I am not traveling for a race, I am headed to Massachusetts for a baby shower. So packing I will do and driving I will do and places I will go.

On a training note, my husband joined me this morning for my am run. For all of you who know my husband, you must be laughing or are confused. HE DID NOT RUN. He followed me on his bicycle and paced me. Which means, I had to keep up. And it was not easy. He can be quite the task master when he wants to. So I had a very good run this morning, thanks to Don.

Monday, August 16, 2010

3 Races, 3 States, 8 Days

I just got back from a whirlwind adventure this weekend.  I did an Olympic distance race in Virginia... the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia followed by a Sprint distance in Deleware the following day.  This morning I woke up and felt like I had been hit by a truck.  My body hurts.  But it's all for a good cause and I am happy to report that state #19 is complete.  As you know West Virginia was last week so that makes the 3 states in 8 days.
Tons of specatators for Virginia so mom and I were able to hand out lots of cards, talk to lots of people, educate about signs and symptoms and early detection of ovarian cancer and make some friends.  Deleware had a smaller crowd so not as much networking. 
I have 3 more races this season, having planned this past weekend as the "peak" of the summer.  In 2 weeks, I will do a local team race on Long Island.  Then Washington DC in early September and Mississippi in October.  Then some much needed R&R, while planning my race schedule for 2011.
Big thanks to mom who keeps me company and does whatever I ask of her on this adventure.  I really appreciate it!  Now off to work, the chiropractor and a much needed massage this evening.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Friends

Meet Conor Nicholson. He participated in his first triathlon at age 12 but in his opinion "that didn't count". This past Sunday was his first "adult" triathlon and I am proud to have shared it with him.

Mom and I met Conor and his wife, Jessica, and 3 month old baby, Claire, at dinner the night before the race. I remember sitting at the table next to them and knew he was racing the following day. He had the look, he wasn't drinking, he was eating pasta and he passed up dessert. Truly the tell tale signs of a triathlete. I, however, had the apple cobbler with ice cream. What does that say about me? I wonder.
I found him after the race and he was thrilled with his results. I was thrilled for him, as you never forget your first race. Jessica snapped this photo right after we both crossed the finish line. So I told him, "now you need to buy the gear". Jessica said, "There's MORE gear?"
Congratulations Conor. Maybe our paths will cross in another state.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Keeps Getting Better All The Time

Just when I think I am pretty pleased with my athletic progress, I knock one out of the park. Yesterday my body was inhabited by a younger, more fit person; someone I did not recognize. It was awesome! I placed first in age but that's not the best part. I placed THIRD OVERALL FEMALE. I heard the announcer say that as I was crossing the finish line and really couldn't believe it was me. Hee hee! I'm shocked, humbled, elated, infused and totally stoked for my upcoming Olympic and Sprint back to backs this weekend in VA and DE. The results also helped to make the 8 hour car ride home a little bit easier.... at least the first 2 hours until the adrenaline wore off.
It gets better. I met a man who recognized me for my campaign based on my uniform and said he had "seen and heard" of me. That means the message is getting out there. He lives in Chicago and seems to remember reading something about me on line. All the social networking is paying off. Better still, he is ALSO doing 50 triathlons in 50 states (for no particular cause other than for fun) and West Virginia was state #30 for him. We spent at least a half an hour talking and asking each other questions. I have asked him to email me so I can use him as a resource moving forward. Since he is ahead of me in this process, I think he can be very helpful. He had some interesting thoughts for my final #50 state race but I will keep you in suspense for now.
Keeping my eye on the goal, mom and I were able to talk to lots of folks about ovarian cancer and spread the message. I have 3 emails in my inbox already this morning from folks I met in WV yesterday. I am glad I added my email address to the blog for just this reason. It was a very friendly and welcoming crowd. So state #17 complete. I am riding on air this week.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Keeping Track

So a big shout out to Darren and the guys at Carl Hart Bicycles. They are my "go to" bike store and all things cycle related. Except that I really never need to "go to" the store. That's because the store is about an hour away from where I live but Darren (who is part owner) lives 10 minutes from my house. He is so awesome that he meets me after work and transports my bike when it needs repair or when I need any supplies. He saves me hours of time! I can't even begin to tell you how precious that is in my life.
When my bike arrived home from Utah, the computer was broken. It must have gotten smashed by something in transit. The computer is the gadget that records time, distance and average mpg. I called Darren to see if I could just buy a computer head. He said no but that he had a spare lying around. He offered to meet me at his house the next day and bring it to me so I would have it for my race in West Virginia this weekend.
NO CHARGE! Actually that's not entirely true. The replacement battery cost $5. And he had it set for the correct time and already set for my bicycle/wheel.
In a day and age when customer service should matter the most, I find most places are sorely lacking in this area. Carl Hart and Darren, in particular, not only talk the talk but walk the walk. I am so proud to call them my "go to" bike store. Thanks guys!!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Peak Of The Season

It hardly seems I have been home long enough to catch my breath and I am packing again. Off to West Virginia this weekend and then Virginia AND Deleware for back to back races next weekend. This is what is called the "peak" of the season. When I planned my race schedule, I knew the beginning of August would be the toughest. 3 races in 8 days, 2 being back to back Saturday and Sunday and 1 of them being an Olympic distance. This will truly test my fitness and my love for the endurance sport of triathlon. I have been trying to take it easy this week and just maintain my level of fitness but it's also been a really busy work week so I don't feel very rested. 3 jobs is a lot to juggle.
On another note, I wanted to thank everyone for the amazing feedback to the QVC piece. It has been great to get Facebook comments and emails from all over the world. The message is getting spread about the need for early detection and the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. This is still a grass roots effort so don't be shy. Talk to everyone you know about what you have learned. And oh yeah, pass on this link if you can and ask your friends for a $5 donation. Thanks!!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Thanks QVC

My video just aired on QVC and I wanted to thank them for helping to get the message out.  Early detection is the key.  Ovarian cancer is 94% curable if caught early.  But it is often undetected until late stages.  At present there is NO method of early detection.  OCRF is working on that and all we need is your donation.  Help if you can, please!  $5 ... really, that's it. 

Friday, July 30, 2010

Super Saturday Tomorrow

I am so excited because my story is going to be on QVC's Live From Super Saturday broadcast tomorrow. It airs from 2 to 4 pm. Here are a couple of photos from the shoot day. Super Saturday is OCRF's largest fund raiser of the year and this year they wanted to include a survivor in the their broadcast. Guess what.... it's me. And it's a role I take very seriously. My cancer was not "for nothing". I survived so that other women will have a chance. My efforts to raise money for OCRF will go towards finding a method of early detection. Traveling around the country and competing allows me the grass-roots opportunity to talk to women about signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. I KNOW lives are being saved. And if QVC can help me get this message out, all the better. Please consider a $5 donation by clicking on the link above. Every penny of your donation goes to the cause as my 50x50x50 campaign is 100% self funded. Spread the word.
But most importantly, if you are not feeling right about your body and it lasts for more than two weeks, go to your doctor and make him/her PROVE TO YOU THAT YOU DON'T HAVE OVARIAN CANCER.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

End of the Journey... for now

I am sitting in the Phoenix airport awaiting our return trip home. It feels like we have been gone for months. We covered a lot of ground. To recap... 2 races, visit with cousins from both families, a friendly match of horseshoes, Flagstaff, Provo, Salt Lake City, soaring, tubing on the Virgin River, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, the rodeo, horse races, nature hikes, Morman Tabernacle Choir, fireworks, 2000 miles in Arizona and Utah.
So this chapter closes and we bring home the memories and the photos. We met some nice folks along the way and hopefully educated some about ovarian cancer and early detection. As much as this was a vacation, the mission was always at the forefront of our minds.
We'll hit the ground running when we land in NY. Don and I will go back to our busy lives and
cross paths occassionally. He leaves for NC for work and I travel to WV for another race. It's the nature of our lives. It's ALL good. Thanks for following us on this journey.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Coming Down Is A Good Thing

If you've been following my blog, you know I have been in the 7000-9000 foot range for the last week.  It has been beautiful and we are having a ball. But the altitude has been tricky and our breathing suffered, especially during our hiking and at last week's race.  That being said, I now know first hand why athletes like Lance Armstrong train in Colorado.  It's called blood doping.  Train at altitude, deprive yourself of oxygen and acclimate and then travel to your race destination.  Your body becomes so excited with the lower altitude, your red blood cells soak it up and it puts fire under your wings.  Well not literally, but you get the idea.
I had a great race yesterday.  I did not use a wetsuit as the water temperature was 73 degrees. My swim was terrific.  I rocked it on the bike and averaged 19.5 mph.  The course was flat and fast and I was only passed by one man.  The run was hot and boring.  One nice neighborhood lady was out with her garden hose and sprayed us as we passed but otherwise, not much action to distract us from the pounding of the pavement.
Results..... 1st place in age by a considerable margin.  Podium finish.  14th female overall.  I love holding my own with the 20 year olds...
Off to Bryce Canyon today and then back to Phoenix tomorrow.  Our adventure is about to come to an end. 
But stayed tuned.  Lots more races this season.  A week off and then on to West Virginia.
Please consider passing this blog link on to your friends.  We still need donations (even $5) to help find a method of early detection for ovarian cancer.  As much of a vacation as this has been, I don't want to forget why I REALLY do this.  Help out if you can. 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Up Up And Away and UT

Finished with the Grand Canyon and made our way through Zion. Did an amazing 2 hour tube ride down the Virgin River...great way to see the canyon. Then on to Utah. Happened past an airport and Don said, "I've always wanted to soar." So soar he did. I've been before so it was his turn. 11,000 feet elevation, 30 minutes, 3G manuevers, it was fun to watch from the ground. I was happy that he got to check it off his bucket list.
Salt Lake City and the Morman Tabernacle Choir... got to see a rehearsal. 320 in the choir, 110 in the orchestra. Nothing short of amazing.
Race check in today and race tomorrow. Getting used to the altitude and finally feel acclimated. Stay tuned for results of state #16.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Back On The Grid

Just off the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and back on the internet. Sitting in the parking lot of a McDonalds to bring you this post... did you know most of them have internet access? Who knew? Thanks Janette for the information. Fast food places have a benefit...
So the results from the race are posted. Looks like I missed the top 10 by 20 seconds. Still getting used to the altitude. Ran yesterday after hiking the Grand Canyon all day. Whew! What workouts. Good thing though because I am eating my way across this state...especially S'mores. What's a campfire without them?
Met some great folks at the race. Talked to them about ovarian cancer and early detection. Gave out some cards and already received a donation. That's what this is all for... remember?
Congratulations to my NY friends who raced the NYC tri last weekend. Heard it was brutal with the heat.
More from Provo... stay tuned.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Not Enough Air To Breathe

I live at 5 feet below sea level. This race was at 7500 feet above sea level. Translation... No air to breathe.
I had a really tough time on this race. Mostly the swim. I couldn't catch my breath and for the first time
the first time ever, I had to do the breast stroke and backstroke. I figured as long as I
was making forward progress, I couldn't quit. But DNF did cross my mind.

The bike was better. Picturesque. Lake Mary is really a beautiful place. And average
18.6 mph so obviously my breathing was better. I took a tip from a pro I met recently who
told me I spent too much time in the big ring. So today I stayed in the small ring the entire time
and I think it paid off.

So since I used the small ring, I had fresh legs for the run. And run I did. I was very
happy with my run. I've been working on it since its been my weak sport.

No podium finish but given the altitude, I'm thrilled. A big shout out to my cousins
Janette and Butch who drove from San Diego to be with me. And of course, Don for
being my chief cook and bottle washer.

Note this post is from my Blackberry so apologies for any formatting errors.
We head to the Grand Canyon tomorrow en route to Utah for next week's race.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

On My Way To The Grand Canyon State

We leave tomorrow!! Woo hoo! I remember last December when I planned my race schedule. I decided to do AZ and UT back to back weeks and planned this RV vacation with my husband. You know how it is? You make plans 8 months ahead and it feels like forever 'til it gets here and then BAM! It's here.
My bike has arrived. I got a call from Tom at A-1 Bike Center in Mesa that she arrived safely and has been put together. Check. Camping gear assembled. Check. Race documents and maps organized. Check. Tonight I'll figure out the clothes. 40 degree temperature swing in Flagstaff, where the race is. Layers of clothes, I guess. It's the desert, afterall.
And racing at elevation. Don't even get me started on that. That'll be interesting. Don't count on any podium finishes this time.
So if you're in Flagstaff on Sunday, please come say hi to me. I'll be the one in the bright TEAL uniform, riding the bright TEAL bicycle.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

20 Is Better Than 19

I like numbers and 20 is a much nicer number than 19. That's why I decided to add another state to my list for this season. I have just registered for a final race in Mississippi in October. It's harder to find races in October but I searched down south and found one. I will fly into Jackson and drive 2 hours to Hattiesburg. I've never been there so it'll all be new for me. I'm really happy because by the end of this season I will have 20 states completed plus Wash DC.

Yesterday my bike was shipped to Arizona for the AZ and UT races. I leave next week for the southwest leg of this triathlon season. I am really excited because my husband is joining me and we are renting an RV and cruising through the Grand Canyon.

Just to remind you... this campaign is 100% self inspired, self organized and self funded. Not one penny of your contributions goes to my travel arrangements, flights, bike ship or race entries. That's all on me and is my commitment to the cause. Please consider making a $5 donation, even if you have already made one. Or consider passing this link on to anyone you know who would be able to donate. Fundraising is tough in this economy and I am doing everything possible to spread the word. Please please help if you can.

And if you live near Flagstaff, AZ or Salt Lake City, UT... come see me race and say hi!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Social Networking At Its Finest

So if you saw Julia & Julia, you know the gal who blogs wonders if anyone actually reads the blog. She puts the question out to the great worldwide web and lo and behold, people are following her. It's a cute movie if you've never seen it.
Guess what? People are reading my blog. I am so glad I put my email address in my revised blog. I am actually getting emails. It makes my blog experience seem a little more meaningful.

This week I got an email from a gal who lives in Texas. I am not sure how she found my blog but she was interested in my campaign and offered her home and hospitality when I race in Texas. Can you believe it? The kindness of strangers! A total stranger offered to house me when I race in Texas. I am planning on being there next year and will definitely keep her in mind. I have saved her email (I hope I remember where next year when I need it) and will contact her after I plan next year's races. I am still blown away.

So lest I doubt that these little notes are reaching people... I now have proof.

Thanks to everyone who commented on my new design and for those people who are following me. Please consider throwing the net a little wider and sending this link to your friends.

Happy and safe 4th of July to all!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Good Times, Good Friends

I raced in Vermont today and since I am from Massachusetts, I took some time to visit friends along the way. A big thanks to everyone for feeding me, housing me and providing laughter and conversation. I started in Quechee on Friday night where Marty and Chris entertained me on the veranda, overlooking the mountains. The evening was cool and breathtaking. On to Kevin and Sharon's new house in White River Junction. Lots of pets, lots of love, lots of good conversation to "chew" for weeks to come. Thanks Spooch.
Next day to the National Forest and the little town of Ripton where I FINALLY met Yib and Yared, sons of Jes and Chris. They had a friend over for dinner and being around 3 teenage boys was quite entertaining. Last stop, Natick, Massachusetts and the home of Cath and Jelly, the cat with the unusually long whiskers. Quick stop at DQ tonight for a world famous blizzard and I am almost ready for bed. Home tomorrow.
Oh yeh.... the race. That is the point. It was terrific. No podium finish but I had a really good event. Wound up placing 4th but gave it my all, so nothing to be disappointed in. Averaged 19.1 on the bike and was around 8 minute miles on the run. Strong swim too but other heartier, Vermont gals were just faster than me today. Talked to many women about ovarian cancer. Many came up to me, as they recognized my tri suit was different with the OCRF logo and started asking questions. I had some very meaningful conversations. I hope it made a difference in someone's life. That REALLY is the point.
So all in all, a terrific couple of days. Another state done. Next stop Arizona.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Vermont Here I Come

Another weekend approaching.... another race, another state. I am particularly excited about racing in Vermont, because it means I have to travel through my old stomping ground of Massachusetts. I have 3 good friends in Vermont and will be seeing all of them en route, with a stop over at a friend's house in MA too. Now that's what I call multi-tasking. And no hotel expenses this weekend too. Multi-tasking on a budget!
Marty and Christine will feed me on Friday night. Kevin and Sharon will put me up. Jess, Chris and the boys will be my hosts for Saturday night and then Cath will be my final stop in MA before returning home on Monday. I am taking the extra day since I have so many people to see.
The race will be in the Green Mountains, near Middlebury, so I am sure it will be spectacular. The hills should be challenging and the water might be chilly but the vistas will make up for it. I had my bike in for a tuneup this week and she is ready to go. The derailer actually had a crack in it which would explain the recent clunk clunking. But I'm good to go now.
More after the race... stay tuned.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Thanks for the Ride

Training can be a lonely business... so I want to thank my friends from this past weekend for the great Connecticut ride, the conversation and the company. It was a terrific ride with lovely scenic views, cows and horses and some killer hills. A far cry from the streets of Long Island. My buddy Pete, a friend from high school, coordiated it and so a special shout out goes to him. Ron, I may be calling you again for a ride since you made a generous offer to do so. And Dave and Lindy, best of luck with your travels. Oh and a special thanks to Dave's son and wife (Troy and Judy) for the cookies and the coffee after the ride. That was perhaps the best part. Well, that's it for now. Off to the pool to be smoked by the Team Total Training gang.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Super Human Weekend

I don't mean the results of the weekend.  In fact, I don't even know my results.  We didn't wait around for them after the race because we had a 12 hour drive home from Ohio to contend with.  The super human status refers to the entire adventure.  A 12 hour drive each way to Ohio in one weekend.  Oh yea... and a race.  Check out the videos of before and after the race.  You can actually hear the whipping wind in the "after" video... yikes.
Big shout out to mom for keeping me company, keeping me awake, driving when I needed a nap and for the overall laughter and fun.  Suffice it to say, every state has a story and this was no different.  The story of Ohio is about the tornados, the rain, the lightning and thunder and 40 mph cross winds across the very flat corn fields.  White caps on the lake, afraid to take my hands off the handlebars to drink because of the wind and a cross country run through mud on the aqueduct. 
On the way home we stopped at Schlep's Diner (yes, you can't make this stuff up) and the lights were out.  They were still cooking and we were starving so we stayed.  But when mom went to use the ladies room, Schlep himself followed her in with a candle.  She thought he might stay and hold it too but he just wanted to make sure she was ok.
Super human, hysterical, whirlwind adventure.... all to raise much needed funds for ovarian cancer research.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Oh Oh Ohio

Tomorrow morning at 5 am, mom and I venture to Ohio to race and complete state #13. It is just close enough to drive (about 650 miles) and just far enough to be a drag. I suppose I could fly but then I would have to ship the bike. Ka-ching! Since I drive a Prius that gets 50 mpg, the choice seems clear. So it's the open road for us gals tomorrow. Race briefing on Saturday and then, race on Sunday and drive home right after. Makes for a long weekend but hey, it's for the cause.
Truth to tell, I am looking forward to the girl time with mom. We never run out of things to talk about. Why is that? And I am looking forward to being one state closer to my goal.
So check out my blog next week. I will try to get a video and photos up on Monday. In the meantime, please ask your friends to donate $5 to OCRF by clicking the link at the top of this page. We really are closing in on finding a method of early detection and need every penny to make this a reality.

Monday, May 31, 2010

73 mile Saturday

So I had the great opportunity to get away this Memorial Day weekend. Two sets of my husband's family members were vacationing and we went to visit both. One set was in Rhinebeck, NY and other set was in the Berkshire Mountains in Lee, MA. There is 73 miles between the places. I decided in an effort to train, I would cycle the distance. And so I did.
I have not cycled that far, especially solo, in a long time. Truth to tell, I was nervous, especially the first 10 miles, as I asked myself... "Can I do this? Am I crazy?" Yes and no, were my replies.
The day was a little overcast. Note to self, always carry a rain jacket and a plastic bag for my cell phone. I got caught in a down pour at mile 50. I am happy to report the cell phone survived and so did I. But I was quite chilled and never warmed up for the duration of the ride.
It was by far some of the most beautiful landscape I have seen in a long time. There is something meditative about country roads, alone, with only the sound of the gears. I had a ball.
I averaged about 15 mph and because of my husband's daudling, I actually beat him to the 2nd destination.
Cycling is my strong sport for sure. Now if I could get my swim and run that secure, I'd be unstoppable. Next stop, OHIO next weekend. Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Best News I've Heard In A Long Time

The Today Show featured some great news about early detection and ovarian cancer. Click here to see the video. I am so excited... I have goose bumps. This means that the fundraising and the effort is working. We are closer than ever to locking in a method of early detection for this disease. Please continue to help out and please ask your friends to donate $5 to this campaign. Remember I am 100% self funded so all of your donations go to OCRF and the cause. WOO HOO! What a great story and what great news.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Blog In A Blog

I got featured in the blog listed below. This woman, Sara Cox Landolt, contacted me about my cause. She is a triathlon coach and thought her blog would be a good vehicle to educate women (and men) about ovarian cancer. We did an interview and she put together the story. I think she did a good job and has also posted it on Facebook. Thanks to Sara... someone's life might get saved.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Back To Back

Whew! 2 states in 1 weekend... New Jersey yesterday. Placed 1st in age, 11th overall. It was an all women's race so that sounds better than it is but still pretty cool. Yesterday's goal - I wanted to push it and see how much I would have left over for today. Next day Maryland with a completely different goal. Today I wanted to race my race but remain injury free. I did well. REALLY tough course. People were throwing up at the finish line, it was so brutal. My chip had a malfunction but I think I would have taken 4th in age and perhaps top 25% overall. Thanks to mom who helped me with the endless driving, the finances (remember this mission is self supporting)and general all around support and to all the wonderful people I met along the way. We are getting the word out about ovarian cancer and the signs and symptoms and the need for early detection. It feels so good to be doing this! 12 states down, 38 to go. If you can, please, please donate $5 to ovarian cancer research. Thanks. 3 weeks off and then on to OHIO.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A First For Me and For A Friend

Frigid temps this season and especially this week means that water temps may not even reach 60 degrees. I am racing in TWO states this weekend. NJ on Saturday and MD on Sunday. I have never done two states before and although skies will be clear and air temperature warm, the water will be freezing. The MD race is in a lake so I am not too concerned with Sunday but Saturday's race is at the Jersey Shore and the ocean will take my breath away. Double caps, earplugs and a full wetsuit are highly recommended. More to the point is racing twice in one weekend... I am a little nervous about how my body will respond.
But even more to the point is why I race. My friend Patti just completed her rounds of chemo and I am so happy for her. This weekend is for her and her triumph. I will carry her with me all weekend.
This is why I race.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Things To Ponder

I'm reading this hysterical book called Trizophrenia. It's written by a triathlete, comic, artist, writer guy who (I swear) has me blowing in his ear. His sentiments and take on the sport of triathlon is so accurate, I find myself chuckling out loud as I read it. My husband bought me the book for Christmas and I have been saving it for the race "season". I had no idea I would enjoy it so much.
Last night, the author posed a serious question. Do I train to race or do I race to train? Without a race, isn't it just exercise? I found myself questioning my efforts as I drifted off to sleep.
This morning the answer is clear. I train and I race to find a method of early detection for ovarian cancer. I don't have to think any further.
Someone asked me the other day, "What will you do when you finish all 50 states?" "Probably sleep a lot", I told her. Seriously, I am not sure what I will do or if it will include this sport. But honestly, can I cross that bridge when it gets a little closer?

Friday, May 7, 2010

My Long Locks (Sort of)

While I was undergoing chemotherapy, I lost my hair. I really didn't mind. I actually liked being bald; it was very free-ing. Women (and some men) spend too much time and too much money on their hair. I wore a cap for warmth and can count on one hand how many times I wore a wig. This is one of the only photos of me right after chemo. My hair was long before I got sick and I cut it in anticipation of losing it and then had my husband shave my head just as it started falling out. I remember having to catch my breath for a moment when the hair "buzzer" turned on but then I felt like Demi Moore in G.I.Jane.

I have kept it short since it has grown back. It was fun to have a different look. There are so many perks to short hair; the best one being not wearing a swim cap. Well about 2 months ago, I decided it was time for a change and I am growing my hair again. For anyone who has ever had short hair and decided to grow it, it is torture and I am in the "awkward" stages. So be it. There might actually be the hint of a ponytail by the end of the summer... at least that's the goal. But in the meantime, it is long enough in the pool to be getting in the way of my goggles. I guess it's a good problem to have. It means it is actually growing. So now I need to buy a swim cap. I haven't owned one for over 3 years.

Not sure why this feels like a big deal to me. I can only guess it is another level of being "well" and putting my cancer behind me. Look at me... giving all this energy and time to my hair. Wasn't I just complaining about that?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Super Saturday Preview

What an exciting day! QVC, you know... the home shopping network?.... came and shot me today for an upcoming segment for Super Saturday. It will air in July and I will make sure everyone knows the date. They wanted a survivor and a face for ovarian cancer that has "beat" it and is living a full life. Well they came to the right place. Full life is an understatement and they got a taste of it today.
It was totally cool and I want to thank Mike and the guys for all their hard work today. They came from PA and sat in rain and traffic for about 4 hours to come to my home. They shot for about 6 hours, only to turn around in rush hour traffic to do it all over again. They rock!
The best part was this tricked out camera that was attached to the back of the truck The cameraman was actually strapped in (I asked) and he was able to film me while riding my bike. I got a sneak peek at the footage and it looks awesome. My little streets of Freeport look like the open road and I look like I am going 50 mph. I can't wait to see the finished product.
The viewing audience for Super Saturday and QVC is pretty huge. If everyone who watches donates $1, I will reach my goal in no time. I hope that message gets across. But I also hope that I provided a message to women who are fighting this battle and women who have yet to be diagnosed.
Thanks guys for a great day and a great start to my season.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Big Shout Out To My Girls

Today is the Long Island Half and Full Marathon and I have at least 8 girlfriends running in it, not to mention countless members of my training team. I hosted a pre-race dinner last night for them and it made me feel "part of" the race, even though I chose not to race it. With my aggressive race schedule this season, I didn't think it was necessary to add a half marathon... even though it is one of my favorite events. Call it being cautious, call it wimpy, I change my mind depending on the day. But alas the day of the event is here and I ran an 8 miler this morning in honor of the event. But solo, not with 20,000 others. So hats off to Joanne, Pamm, Cyndi, Glo, Cath, Regina, Kim and Ali for participating in today's race.

Monday, April 26, 2010

T Minus 3

So in a little less than 3 weeks, I am going to attempt to do something I have not done before... compete in 2 triathlons back to back in 2 days. On May 15, I will race in New Jersey and on May 16, I will race in Maryland. Of course, in between will be the driving. So I have a feeling on Monday, May 17, I might be a little tired. Both are sprint distances so I am pretty sure I will complete them. But I know me... I am a little competitive. And even though I may say that I am just going out for the training and I hope to finish and not be injured in any way... something strange happens when the gun goes off. And I have to race as hard as possible and do as well as possible. Competition brain takes over and it's all about the finish line.
That being said, the main goal is to finish well but finish healthy. I have a long season ahead of me and I need to preserve my body. So I will attempt to treat these 2 races like training days and go out and enjoy myself. I will be the ambassador for ovarian cancer and hope to raise awareness along the way. That's really what this is about.
But I know me... today I am concerned about racing back to back. But when the gun goes off, I will be concerned about passing the next woman in front of me.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Training Someplace New

I had to attend and teach at a convention in Lake Placid this past weekend. WOW... was it ever pretty up there! Serious elevation, located in the Adirondack Mountains, I could feel the pressure on my lungs as soon as I arrived. This provided a small glimpse into what I will encounter in Flagstaff when I race. Just a glimpse though as Flagstaff is at 7000 ft and Lake Placid is at about 4000. Ugh... big difference. But let's focus on the positive. It was an opportunity to do a little training at a higher altitude than I am used to. FYI- the town I live in on Long Island is actually one foot BELOW sea level.
I worked out 2 times while I was gone. One morning I ran around Mirror Lake, which is the area where the 1980 Winter Olympics were held. It was a lovely morning with the fog coming off the lake and a slight chill in the air. It felt terrific but I did notice the difference in my breathing. The second workout was in the gym of the hotel because it was pouring outside. I just didn't feel like being cold and wet. Did I tell you it snowed for most of the weekend? Really and I'm not kidding.
So there you have it. A change on venue, a change of altitude. It's all in a day's training and it's all good.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

You Can't Buy Integrity At Sears

That's a quote from my father-in-law and I have always loved it. Basically it boils down to doing the right thing because once you don't, you can't take it back. Once you lose someone's trust, it is almost impossible to regain. Pretty deep for 6:30 am. But I just got a confirmation email from the race director in Colorado about refunding my entrance fee. You'll remember they changed the date of the race and didn't notify the participants. I found out by accident and immediately requested a refund. The problem was they have a "no refund" policy. Policy...shmolicy! They changed the date!
It would have been terribly dishonest for the race company to use these standards of practice. Integrity lost. As it is, I am leary about ever signing up with this race company again. But at least they are honoring my request and refunding my much needed race fee. I wonder how many other folks are in this situation and have no idea the race date has changed? How many folks will show up on the wrong day?
Heck of a way for a race company to make money.... Synical this morning. Sorry.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Change of Plans

So by accident I was going through my schedule and decided to click on the race website for the CO race on July 24th. Guess what? They changed the date! It's scheduled for August 7 now. They didn't email to tell me; they just changed it. That's never happened to me before. UGH! That messes up the whole west coast trip and plans of combining AZ and CO in one week. So after several hours of scrambling and trying to find another race, I am switching gears and racing in Utah instead. Colorado will have to wait for next year. It all worked out but it was total madness for a few hours while I googled races, states, maps, cars, flights etc... all the logistics that comes with trying to accomplish this goal of all 50 states. Yeah... it looks easy but the logistical piece of it is quite challenging. So all is well now and I will still have 19 states completed by the end of the season, just not the ones I originally planned.

Friday, April 9, 2010

No Amount Too Small

Iffy forecast for the weekend but I hope to get in a decent day of training tomorrow. I took yesterday off as a recovery day. Important to rest... or so I am told.

A big shout out for all the recent donations! Thanks but we need more. I think there is a mis-perception that if you can't donate a bunch of money, it isn't worth it. Nothing could be further from the truth. PLEASE... $5, $10 donations are great too. If you could ask 5 people to donate $5, that is as good as you donating $25. My goal of $100,000 is lofty but possible if we can get everyone on board.

Please consider forwarding this link to anyone who might be interested in making a difference. We are very close to a method of early detection and need more funding. All of your donation goes to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. NONE of it goes to me and my racing efforts. That's all on me.

Please help me fight this disease. No one has to die if we can find a method of early detection. Enough said.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Finally the Photos

Sorry it took all week but getting back late on Monday, I jumped back into the fire at work this week. It's late Friday night and I am finally getting a chance to upload my photos and video. I've had a great week, basking in the enjoyment of my 2nd place finish. It was such a great time in Vegas and the warm sunshine on my body did me a world of good. As you can see from the photos, I had some support in Vegas. My mom and my cousins from San Diego (Janette and Butch) met me for the race. My friend, Tanya, lives there and was able to come and join me for an overnight after the race. Sometimes going to the races can be kinda lonely and boring so to start the season off with all this love and support, gave me wings. Thanks everyone, especially my mom, who is the world's best sport. I really appreciate all she does so that I can be stress free on these trips. So that's the news for now. Back to training, although no race until May. Please keep those donations coming and do consider asking your friends to help. If we could ask folks to donate $5, it would really add up.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

2nd Place but Photos to Follow

So it's about 9 pm and I just got in from my Las Vegas, NV race. It started at 4:45 in the afternoon which is about the weirdest thing. But it's Vegas and everything operates on a different time schedule. The event was called the Showdown at Sundown and it was by far the HARDEST race I have done but also the PRETTIEST. And guess what? I took 2nd place in my age group. I totally rocked it!
This is state #10 and my first race of the season. I am thrilled with the results, of course, but more important, I am thrilled with the way I felt during the race. The winter blues of New York had me worried that perhaps, I was not ready for today. But I felt strong and had a really good time. I caught up to 2 waves ahead of me on the swim, only 1 person passed me on the bike and the run was strong as well. I had a little "issue" on the run though. The turn-around was not clearly indicated and there were 3 races happening concurrently. I wound up running past the turn-around and ran into the longer race. Bottom line... I ran an extra 5 minutes that I didn't have to. And I still took 2nd place... imagine that?!
I am still in Vegas and don't come home until Monday so I will try to post my video and photos then. Suffice it to say, I had a blast!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Eagle Has Landed

Good news... my bike has arrived in Las Vegas and Nate at The Bike Shop in Henderson, NV is setting it up for me. A big shout out to them! I am so relieved. This is the first year I am shipping the bike ahead and I was concerned. It is costing a bunch of money but peace of mind is worth it. And I just don't trust the airlines any more. So.... this is the week.
I leave Thursday and the race is Saturday afternoon. It's called the Showdown at Sundown and is the first race I have ever done in the afternoon. I am a morning workout gal and of course, most races go off at 6 am so this will be very different. We'll have to see if my body likes it. Truth to tell, I am happy about being able to sleep in. But what of my nutrition? How do I eat that day? Big learning curve but I am excited. I stand to learn a lot from this experience.
Stay tuned. I will blog when I get back.

Monday, March 15, 2010

UPS Don't Fail Me Now

I bought a really good, hard cover bike case this year. And it is making its maiden voyage as we speak. I paid a ridiculous amount of money for the case but traveling on the airplanes with my soft cover case isn't smart anymore. The airlines don't care and my bike was damaged the last two trips. I am trying a different strategy now by packing it and shipping it to my destination. No carrying on the airplane, no security check, no struggling to fit it in a rented car.
So this morning at 9 am when UPS opened, there I was with my 64 pound, packed to the gills, bicycle case. Destination LAS VEGAS.
Believe it or not, the cost is the same as what the airlines would charge. And I bought a pre-paid return ticket already so I will do the same thing coming home. I will have it picked up at my hotel and sent back to my house where I will re-assemble it.
This is a huge weight off my mind. I have been consumed with the hows of the bike transport and I am really hoping it goes as smoothly as today's UPS trip.
Stay tuned.

Monday, March 8, 2010

First Brick

So a brick is when you combine 2 of the sports back to back. In other words, you swim and then you bike or you bike and then you run. Yesterday we had some AMAZING weather in the northeast and I gained a ton of confidence for the upcoming NV race. I ran 6 miles with my girlfriends in the morning. The pace wasn't stellar but we were talking the whole time. The distance felt good though. In the afternoon, I decided to venture out again and cycle outdoors for the first time since last October. Nothing short of heavenly! I did a quick 10 miles as I really didn't want to overdo it my first day out. And then I did a brick by running another mile fresh off the bike. Jelly legs for sure but it gave me some muscle memory to fall back on. A little sore last night but am hoping for another run this afternoon. Tomorrow will be a rest day and then a little over 2 weeks before the race. Now the logistics begin. Shipping the bike is for starters. Actually taking it apart is first but I am going to ship UPS this year instead of carrying it on the airplane. Same price, less stressful... I think. That's the news. If you live in the Northeast... enjoy this weather!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Home Stretch

So the calendar has turned a page and it is March already. My triathlon season is on the horizon. Wasn't it just December and wasn't I just enjoying the time off and the extra calories... guilt free? Time flies and although I had a tough off season, I am looking forward to racing again. I was sick several times this winter which is very unlike me. And the snow and ice in the Northeast has made outdoor training challenging. But I can feel it... SPRING is around the corner. Rather than the ice field in my backyard, I see mud. That makes me happy; it means things are melting. Las Vegas is the first stop on this year's journey and I am OH so excited to feel the warmth on my shoulders. Stepping up the training but trying to take care. I don't expect to post any amazing results since it's the first race of the season but it will feel good to get "back in the saddle". I must really be suffering from the winter blues. My 5 am run this morning was actually pleasant. More later...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Panic Setting In

So I'm sick again.... haven't worked out since last Thursday. Bronchial thing. Rule of thumb says if you are sick from the neck up, it's ok to workout. If you are sick below the neck, don't do it. So ....

But here's the thing. First race is a little more than a month away. I am no where near ready for it. It's been a tough winter. I've been sick twice and we've had so much snow, freezing temps and general bad weather that training has been challenging.

I am starting to be concerned about even finishing the race. Is this realistic or am I just going through my pre-season jitters? There is still time but with each day off, I fear my muscles are losing their memory.

I am going to give myself a few more days of healing and try not to panic. I won't freak out until, oh.... March 1.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Enough of That

So I can't say that I didn't try (tri)... ha ha. No pun intended. If you've been following, you know I have a shoulder problem and my swim coach suggested a new stroke. I gave it a good 2 weeks of effort and it didn't make my shoulder any better. But it did slow me down.
So you know what? I'm going back to my old stroke. It was a good try but enough of that!
I think I have to resign myself to the fact that my shoulder will hurt. I am a competitive (very competitive) athlete and my body is going to hurt from time to time. So what?
When I consider why I am racing and who I am racing for and what women in treatment are going through, my shoulder pain is nothing. There is a greater purpose and it isn't about me and my ailments.
I am strong. My body is healthy (for the most part) and I race for women who can't and for women yet to be diagnosed.
Please pardon the cathartic pep talk... I needed it.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Big Thank You

The donations are rolling in and I am so thrilled. A big thank you to all those who jumped at the chance to help. And an advance thank you to those who are still planning on donating and/or forwarding my link along to others. I started sending my donation emails this week and the response has been very positive.
I know times are tough and I know we are not out of the recession but guess what?... Cancer doesn't care about the recession. It never takes a holiday. This year's fundraising is more important than ever as we have never been this close to finding the method of early detection. The excitement is palpable.
Anyway, if you are reading this, I am preaching to the choir. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your support of this important cause.

Monday, February 1, 2010

A New Swim Stroke

I have a shoulder "issue". I hate to call it a shoulder problem but I have been told my two surgeons that surgery is imminent. That's all I want to say about that. However, in an effort to avoid the inevitable, I asked my swim coach for some tips. And you know what he did? He changed my stroke. I don't know why I am surprised. Did I actually think he would say, "You're perfect. Don't change a thing"?.... NOT. So now I feel like a brand new swimmer; a fish out of water so to speak. Less than 8 weeks before my first race of the season and I am learning to swim all over again.
After last week's practice, the coach asked me how my shoulder was doing. I told him (in a grumpy voice) that it was fine but that I was slow now. He laughed and gave me the old cliche about slow and steady winning the race. UGH!
So it begs the question. Is it better to be in pain and swim fast or is it better to be more comfortable and swim slow? I don't have the answer yet. I am pondering.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hills, Hills and More Hills

Went to my mom's house in Westchester this past weekend. She lives on a hill which has the reputation of being the highest point in this particular little town. I used the opportunity for some hill training. A six mile run up six significant hills and boy, is my butt sore! I have been feeling every step since Sunday morning. Today is officially the "second day soreness" day so I am hoping tomorrow is a better day. Truth to tell, my swim felt good and I am looser after. Well, I thought I was in pretty good shape but clearly, I am not hill-ready. Luckily I have two months before my first race. Humbling experience for sure. Stay tuned. Hopefully in another month, the hills will be a piece of cake.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Weekend Away

Sometimes the best training is cross training and has nothing to do with the activity that you will compete in. Meaning, that training doesn't always have to be about swimming, biking and running. I was away this weekend for the Martin Luther King Jr holiday and traveled to the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. If you know anything about where I currently live, you will know it is FLAT and can be quite boring. In fact, I often have to travel to get in any hill training. So it was a welcome treat to be in surroundings that involved ups and downs. I didn't work out per se but did three very solid walks that involved up and down hills. I know it was a solid workout because upon return, I can feel my shins and my gluts (aka: my butt) muscles. And all I thought I was doing was walking. I actually was feeling guilty for not officially working out this weekend. But when you feel new muscles that you otherwise ignore, you know that something good is happening. Lesson learned. Exercise comes in many forms and doesn't always have to be about the activity you plan to compete in. On my 5 am run tomorrow, I am sure my body will appreciate the time off and will be better for the cross training.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Good News Indeed!

In the January 6, 2010 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers determined that three cancer biomarkers show up in blood tests long before symptoms occur. What that means in layman's terms is that a method of early detection is on the horizon. There is still much work to be done (and much fundraising necessary) but the discovery of these three important biomarkers is a huge step towards the ultimate goal. I am over-the-moon excited. THIS IS WHY I RACE. This year will be an important year. I am racing in 11 new states, aiming to bring in another $20,000 to put towards the research necessary to make this goal come to fruition. Please give if you can and pass this link along to everyone you know. Lots of $10 donations this year will make the difference. Feel free to follow the research on the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund website at www.ocrf. org and keep your fingers crossed that SOON, no one will have to die from this disease.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Set In Stone

Take a look at this 2010 schedule!!!! Totally kick ass if I do say so myself. It took weeks to solidify, logistics, scheduling, mapping it out and making it fit. But it's done and I like it. Now I need to get my butt in gear and train. The holidays are over, sweets are gone, work schedule is back intact and I can get to the task at hand.... train, sleep, book airline tickets, lodging, bike shipping arrangements, oh... and find some people to join me. Anyone interested in some road trips?

In case you are wondering where the money comes from (some folks have asked) to race around the country... the answer is simple. ME! This is my contribution. This is my way of giving back to a sport that saved my life. This is what I do to combat this awful disease that is claiming other women everyday. I pay to compete, I raise money to find a method of early detection, I want ovarian cancer to be diagnosed in early stages so no one needs to die. Please join me. Contribute if you can... even $5. Meet me in some town and cheer me on. Offer to house me for one of the races. Tell all your friends. Share this link with everyone you know. There are many ways to help. But it takes many hands to make this happen. I need all of you. The schedule is set... that's the easy part. Now the work begins.