Michael Swift's Fundraising Page!
Racing to Save Lives
Welcome to my Team In Training home page!
I am training to participate in the Capital Of Texas Triathlon on May 25th as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I'm completing this triathlon in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
My goal is to raise $4,000 and complete my first Olympic Distance Triathlon. For those that don't know, an Olympic Triathlon is a 1500m swim, 40k bike, and a 10k run. The money I am able to raise will go directly to help an 8 year old boy named Trey. In October of 2005 Trey was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.
Please help me reach my goal of raising $4,000 towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
I hope you'll visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!
May 6, 2008: Only 3 more weeks until the big event!! I've had great training sessions over the past few weeks. I continue to feel stronger on the bike and run. This past Sunday I did my first open water swim in the wetsuit. We stayed in the shallow area of Lake Allatoona but it went well. It's a little weird swimming where you can't see the nice line painted on the bottom of the floor so hopefully I don't veer to far off course :) It's also going to be a little strange to try and pace myself without touching the wall every minute. One thing I've decided to buy is some tinted swim goggles b/c I found that you get to stare at the sun quite a bit without a roof over your head. We've also been practicing our transitions from swimming to biking and biking to running. Lets just say the bike to run continues to be interesting and is well worth watching. I have yet to fall trying to hop of my bike in a smooth motion but I'm sure it's coming. The wetsuit wasn't too hard to take off but the water in the ear during the bike was quite annoying. Well, I'll try and get one more update before the big event. Remember you should be able to track me online during the race if your really bored that day :)
April 20, 2008: This was a great week! Last night I held my fundraiser at the Atlanta Brewing Company and was able to raise $1,442!! I'm now just shy of completing my goal of $4,000. In training news I've had two great bike/run training days. Each Saturday I've been able to do around 30 miles on the bike and then a 4 mile run. I'm starting to get use to the transition from biking to running. I can feel that I'm getting stronger and more comfortable on the bike. Especially with having to eat and drink while riding. Then the big news in my swim training is that our wetsuits came in this week. We got to test them out in the pool and I have to say that it's amazing! You float like a cork! While swimming with the wetsuit I didn't even have to use my legs since my body floated on it's own. The only down side is that it gets you warm quick, but this will be a positive when we swim in the cold water. I've got about one more month before the big event and it's looking better and better every day.
April 4, 2008: Well, this update was delayed a bit due to a tough weekend last week. To start, my swim training continues to improve. This past Monday I did close to 1900m of different interval work and then on Wednesday I did 2200m of interval work. I'm starting to be able to find my grove in the water. On Wednesday we increased our pace with each interval so by the end we were really pushing it. Today I did a 32 mile bike and a 4 mile run! That was the furthest I had ever biked! I also tried Power Gel during the bike which I could tell made a big difference. It was a little challenging trying to learn to eat, drink, and keep my balance on the bike. During my run I was able to hold about a 7 minute per mile pace. By the end I was completely wipped out. But the real pain came last weekend. For my police training I had to get sprayed with OC (pepper) spray. I was out of commission due the fact that I couldn't see very well for about 3 days last weekend. But my training didn't suffer to much. So far so good!
March 23, 2008: What a great week! For the first time I felt like a real swimmer on Wednesday. I bought my tri shorts, which basically look like spandex shorts but a little more high tech. Switching to the spandex instead of the baggy, cargo short swim suit made an amazing difference. I was able to feel myself gliding through the water and I could set a pace. We did a total of about 1700m and I was ready for more at the end! Then as if that weren't good enough for the week, I attended my first group bike training on Saturday. It was a bike and run training session. I did 19 miles on the bike and then around 3 miles on the run. I was pretty tired after the bike, but that was the furthest I had ever biked in my life! Not to mention it was at Stone Mountain which is filled with massive hills. Then, when I hit the run I felt strong, even with the massive hills. Everyone was impressed with my running ability. I'm starting to feel much more comfortable with the idea of doing a triathlon.
March 18, 2008: This past Sunday I did my first bike/run brick. This is when you transition from biking to running. It's a very strange feeling in the legs. The only way to describe it is that I couldn't "feel" my legs and they wanted to run 100 mph! Apparently my legs didn't realize they were no longer biking. I've been told it's good to practice this transition so that your legs can become accustom to it. It took about a mile to get the normal feeling back. Overall, I did a 10 mile bike and 3 mile run. I didn't want to overdue it on my first try. I've gotten back into my routine of swimming around 650m before work. Last week was rough due to my defensive tactics training. For those that don't know I'm also in the police academy for Cobb County. I was pretty battered and bruised last week, but it just makes me that much tougher for the triathlon :)
March 2, 2008: I rode my borrowed bike for the very first time yesterday! Good news is that I didn't fall. I'm adjusting to the clip in pedals, they're a little tricky at first. I wouldn't call myself a cyclist quite yet but with a little more practice I should be good to go. The swims have been going well. We've been doing a lot of drills to improve technique so that we can all be more efficient in the water. The swim is the part of the race that scares me the most but my confidence has been building with each practice. Then of course there's the running. That's been going well as usual. The real trick is going to come when I have to swim, bike, and then run without stopping. But that won't be until May 25th.