Dawn Golding's Team In Training Triathlon Page
Swim, Bike, Run...Racing to Save Lives
Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
I am training to participate in my first Triathlon...the James O'Rourke Memorial Triathlon in N. Platte, Nebraska on 29 April 2007 as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. The event is a "sprint" triathlon and will consist of a 500 meter swim, 14 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. Considering I've only recently learned to swim properly, this is going to be a big challenge for me!
It will, however, not even be a fraction of the challenge that cancer patients face every day. I'll be competing in honor of a very courageous 9 year old boy named Charlie. Charlie was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2003 and has since fought his way into remission. His motto and advice is "Never give up!" I will certainly remember those wise words when I get tired during my training and the race! Charlie is my honored teammate and inspiration. He didn't give up so I can't either!!
And now a Cancer Fact: Did you know that in 1960 only 4% of cancer patients survived. Today 85% survive. What a phenomonal improvement...and it is all because of research! All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. Funds raised by the Nebraska Chapter of LLS are used to support research being conducted by Dr. Christine M. Eischen. She is a researcher at the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases on the campus of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.Cancer patients go through way more than I ever will doing a triathlon and are the real heroes on our team. We need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
Please consider making a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's mission. $1,500 might seem like a lot of money to raise (believe me, I know!) :) but, doing the math, if I can get 60 people to sponsor $25 each...well then, there we have it! Of course, you are welcome to donate more or less. I appreciate anything you feel led to give. And if you don't feel you can make a donation, you can still help...spread the word...that is just as valuable a contribution! All donations are tax deductable and you will be making a difference in the lives of those who need it most!
I hope you'll visit my web site often. I'll try to update it weekly so you can see my progress. I sincerely appreciate your support...both donation support and moral support!! I can't do it without you!
3 Feb 07: We had our first team meeting and swim today. The group was lots of fun and I picked up some good swim pointers...I think i did pretty good for someone who wouldn't even stick her face in the water a year ago! We also went to a bike shop to learn a few things about the bike. I left our meeting today very excited to be a part of all this!! Just can't wait for it to warm up so we can actually take the bikes outside!
10 Feb 07: Phew, I'm a little sore!! I've been doing a lot of swimming this last week to try and improve. I think it might be working! :) We had a team swim this morning which was GREAT and we also had another bike clinic...this time checking out our bikes to make sure they fit us and were working properly. I tell ya...it was COOOOLLLLDDDD standing in the garage checking out the bikes (It was about 15 degrees), but we got a lot of good information and it was well worth losing the feeling in my toes! Afterwards we warmed up at Panera Bread and eveyone told their stories of how they got involved with Team in Training and we met the cycling team's honored patient...an fearless 6th grader who beat leukemia...very inspirational! And so are the people on the team and their stories! By the way, I want to say THANK YOU to those who have donated thus far. Your generosity is amazing!!! I appreciate your support!
18 Feb 07: This has been a great week for fundraising! My apartment complex has allowed me to set up collection bins for aluminum cans in the buildings...a few cans won't make very much money, but if I can get the whole apartment complex to donate cans, it could make a serious dent!...no pun intended! haha. I enlisted my brother's help to place the bins in buildings, its good to have an endentured servant! We will see how much people donate!...As for training, this week has been hard because I caught some kind of bug and wasn't feeling very good this week. I took several days off of workouts and I've been feeling MUCH better the last couple of days! Today I think I will actually run outside...it finally got above freezing and its beautiful and sunny!!
6 March 07: I'm sorry that it has been a long time since I last wrote an update. I've been busy with the too many tasks I've taken on! But I need to say WOW! Thank you for your generosity! I'm already 71% to my goal! I was really nervous to ask people for money but I'm very humbled by your generous support. THANK YOU!! You are all making a difference!!! As for training, I've been away from home visiting my family and interviewing for a grad school but have managed to basically keep up with the workouts and I feel like things are going well there. In Idaho, I went for a run just after a fresh snowfall and ended up doing high knees most of the way! In Florida I contemplated a swim at the beach and then saw a surfer come in with a wet suit and decided against it! :) I just returned home from my travels today and found some neat things in the mail too! I've sent out a bunch of letters asking for autographs from celebrities to have a celebrity autograph silent auction...and I got several back! The crowning jewels are an autographed picture of John Travolta and a signed manuscript from her TV show by Mary Tyler Moore! If I can get a few more, it should be a fun and profitable event! Thanks again for your support!
17 March 07: Happy St Patty's Day! Looks like the luck of the Irish is with me...I've EXCEEDED my fundraising goal!! Wait, that isn't luck, that is because of all of you! THANK YOU so much!! I also have a ton of autographs now so I'm looking forward to a great auction and wine tasting soon! As for training, we had a group run this morning around Lake Zorinsky. A little cold when we started but it didn't take long to warm up and it turned out to be a great 4 mile run! Yesterday, at the suggestion of my coach, I swam with tennis balls in my hands. Whew, what a good workout...kind of increases the intensity when you take away your hands for paddles! It is also going to help me get the correct hand position in the water so I can have more effective "paddles"! I also got my official TNT cycling jersey so now I look like a real cyclist! I can't wait to do this triathlon!! Thanks again for your support. You guys seriously rock!!!
31 March 07:Just one month left til the triathlon!! Its getting close and things are definitely coming along! Today I was able to swim 250m without stopping for the first time! I will have to do 500 in the tri so I still have some work to do, but I think I will be able to do it by then if I just push myself for the next couple of weeks. I might not be the fastest, but I just want to be able to swim the whole thing! Last weekend I did my first brick workout. As my coach describes it Bike + Run=ICK...BRICK!! The idea is you ride the bike, then jump off and start running...the ick part comes in because your legs pretty much feel like jello when you first start running! Definitely a hard workout, but lucky me, the run is the easiest part for me so it actually felt pretty good! As for fundraising...I've organized a wine tasting and celebrity autograph auction for the 15th of April at a local wine store. Its kind of like a coffee shop except with wine. I don't know if tax day is the best day for it but we will see! :) I have 14 autographs now so it should be a pretty good event. I'll let you know how the wine tasting goes. Click here to view information about it. It should be a lot of fun! Thanks again for your support!
27 April 07: Only two days until the Triathlon! Getting excited! and nervous! :) I have a lot to update since its been so long. First off, the wine tasting. Well, it didn't go so well. We had 8 people there. It was our first nice day in a long time and so I'm sure everyone wanted to be outside. The 8 of us that were there had fun though and I still have all the autographs (and more that I got recently in the mail) and the store was very nice and gave us some tips to try and get more people there for next time. Plan is to try it again in the summer and donate to our friends who are doing the Philly Triathlon in June. You always learn the first time you do something so it was a good first try! As for training, its been hard to keep up lately with all the workouts with my night college class in full swing and work. I have managed to get myself up to swimming 500 meters without stopping though!!! I just had to relax and just keep on going! So now at least I know I can swim the whole way during the race! I'm very excited about that. I also got in a couple of good long rides in with the team. In fact one of my teammates and I missed our turn and made it an even longer ride! (that's ok, it was good for us!) So now I'm just trying to make sure I have everything ready and don't forget anything! I've never done an event that required so much gear before! We leave tomorrow for North Platte and race on Sunday. The weather is going to be PERFECT! Great news. It should be a great day and I will definitely update you all when I get back (and I'll do my best to get some pictures and send those your way too! Thanks again for all your support! Look for another update after the race!!
30 April 07: VICTORY!! The triathlon yesterday was SO much fun. I met all my goals...1. don't drown, check 2. swim the whole 500 m, check! 3. push myself, but above all just make sure I have fun, check! The swim was probably the hardest part but I made it and I was so glad to get out of that water and get on my bike. The bike felt great! Well except for the bugs that were pelting me...but that must have meant I was going FAST! :) It was a beautiful day for a bike ride and I felt strong there. When I made it back to transition, dropped my bike off and started running, predictably my legs felt a little jello-y, but it only took about a mile to get them feeling better and I was able to finish the race pretty strong. My time was 1:31:12 for 15th overall in the women...not too bad!!! But probably more important than how I did in the race was the team, coaches and mentors. They were awesome. What a great group of encouraging and positive people! Together we raised $25,000 for cancer research. Wow, that is really humbling. Also meeting my friend Chuck's family who were making a video for his sister who couldn't make it because of her leukemia...again, very humbling and really added a lot of meaning to this for me. This has been such a positive experience all around for me that I'm sure I'll be doing this again!! I will get some pictures out to everyone soon! Its really hard to describe the day and do it justice here and I'm sure you will get a better feel with some pictures! THANKS again to everyone! Your support has meant so much and really helped make this such a great experience!!! Look for those pictures coming soon to an inbox near you!