Tonya's Tri Training Update and Donation Page
Racing for a Cure
Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
THANK YOU to everyone who donated to this worthy cause!!! $5200!!!! WOW!!!!! The event was awesome, with over 500 participants, most from TNT. The US teams combined to raise $1.4!!!! That's a lot of research and patient care!!! And you made it possible!!! Thank you all so much for your gracious support and donations!!!
DANG!!!! 109% You guys are awesome!!!! My sister, Donna, sent out a last minute e-mail to her co-workers at SAIC to remind them about the drawing and she received an additional $311 in donations... along with some personal donations (thank you Grandma D, Sandy, and my new friend Andrew!!) I have surpassed my pledge to raise $4800 and together we have raised $5,208!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! You all ROCK and I appreciate your assistance in helping reach my goal.
I leave with some of my teammates on the 10th. We have a lot planned when we arrive, first we have to put together our bikes, then we have a meeting. Then the next morning we meet for a group bike and swim, some team pictures... some lounging on the beach, then another meeting, then to bed! The morning of the Tri starts very early with a 4:45am meeting, quick breakfast, check in, body marking, transition area set-up, the race!!! Then, Monday will find me driving to the seven sacred pools and hiking and discovering Maui. An early Tuesday morning sunrise on top of the volcano, hopefully some surfing and sleeping on beach, then.... you guessed it, getting to the airport for the 24hour trip home!!!
I had swim practice last night and after swimming 800 warmup yards we swam the 1500 yards (.9 mile), which is the distance we are swimming in the race, and I completed it in 35 minutes! I am very proud to be able to swim so fast, this will help me through the rest of the race because there is a time limit of 5 hours!
Anyway, Thank You all again for your very generous donations and support throughout my training process. I will let you all know how I did in the race upon my return!!! tz = )
92%, 92%!!!! ya hoo 92%%%%
Well today is 24 May and I am happy to report that I am very very close to my goal of $4800!!! This past week I was in California working at SAIC and I was able to sell some tickets for a drawing. We were giving away an XBOX (Thank you Microsoft!), a $100 gift cert. for a local San Diego restaurant, Starbucks Coffee, and some SAIC logo items. SAIC is the company I was working at and used to work at about five years ago. It was great to be in Sunny San Diego again, where every day is wonderful... just another day in paradise!!! I woke up at 5 every morning (just to beat traffic), went to the gym or swam, met up with friends for lunch or dinner, and got to bed by 11pm every night!! It was a lot of exhausting days but I had so much fun!!! Anyway, thank you all so much for keeping the donations flowing! A BIG BIG THANK YOU goes out to SAIC for allowing me to use their facilities for selling tickets!!! tz = )
Hey, Ted Wilcox is a Leukemia survivor, and is one of my honored heroes, his website is www.wilcoxent.com, check it out!!
Lexie is also an honored hero of mine, she is in her first year of full remission and is doing very well!! Her website is http://www2.caringbridge.org/ca/alexispellicane/.
10 May 2005: Yowza!! 78% !!! So close!!
3 May 2005: WHOOO HOOOO!!!! 60% so far!!! Thank you so much!!!!
Well I finished most of the training tri on Sat. I completed a 1000yrd swim in 24min, a 45min bike ride, and a 2mile run. Unfortunately halfway through the run something started happening with my right foot and I had to take my shoes off and run barefoot through the grass (thank God it's spring time!). Today after my Anatomy Lab final I'll be doing a training swim! yeah!!
Also, for those of you who have donated, or are donating, and would like to dedicate your donation to a special person/s who has, or has had, a form of blood cancer, let me know and I'll post their name here as well as write it on my training shirt and racing shirt! Their courage to get through the pain of their cancer is what this is all about. I would be honored to have them with me during my training and during the race. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 April 2005: I would like to make a special dedication to Debbie Janis' granddaughter, Lexi, who has just reached her one-year milestone of treatment for Leukemia and her prognosis is looking really good. Please keep Lexi and her family in your prayers. Way to go Lexi!!!! Keep up the good work and remember that you are not alone in your fight, there are people fighting with you from all over the US and Canada!!!
The contributions are over 50% and continually growing!! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and thank you for your continued attempts to further spread the message regarding the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team in Training to your family, friends, and co-workers!
I have a practice triathlon coming up this Saturday, I'll let you all know how it goes...we're learning how to transition between each of the sports...we're trying to cut our transition times so we don't take up too much time doing non-race things...
20 April 2005: Just a short note to update you on how my fundraising and training are going. As you can see from the total to the right I am a little over 30% on my way to my total pledge of raising $4800!! Thank you to those who have donated and thank you to those who are about to!!! With your generous donations the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society can continue its drive to fight blood cancers and provide assistance and support to those affected and awareness to the public.
Now, as for my training: you know how it goes, you start out great, feeling good and doing everything you're supposed to, but then it gets starts to get difficult, but you keep pushing through and poof! you get through the first hurdle, then another one comes up and you have to push through that one too, and then another!! So, I've been hurdling over mental training obsticals as well as swimming, biking and running.. Ok, I'm not running as much as I should, but I'm getting better at that too!!! Thanks for checking back, I'll update more as I have more to update on!
I am training to participate in the King's Trail Triathlon in Maui on 12 June 2005 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 training for and will be 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!
Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Society's mission.
You know, I have been very, very lucky so far to not have had Leukemia or any other cancer. I'm not a Triathlete; I haven't done one, I haven't trained for one before, but since I can - I should. Exactly for that reason, because I can! Especially since I can train and race with Team in Training. They are such an awesome organization. They have raised so much money to help research this disease and hopefully a cure is right around the corner. It's my honor to run with them and for those who cannot.
I have also been lucky, because no one that I know has told me how crazy I am to run/swim/bike a Tri.... and hopefully that luck will last until 13 June 2005!
I hope you'll visit my website often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thank you so much for your support!