Dale Leschnitzer's Team In Training Page
Run Dale Run..and fight cancer as you do!
Welcome to Dale's Team In Training home page.
It is not often that you get a second chance. I have been lucky to have several. It is hard to believe that only 4 years ago I weighed in at 403 pounds. This morning my weight was 179 pounds. In the last 4 years I have learned to live again. I ice skate and roller blade with my two beautiful girls, Clara and Ella. I hike without tiring with my wife Linda. I have set many new goals including running 5Ks and competing in body building events. Many of you now know I have become a fitness fanatic. A second chance.
Two years ago my doctor was commenting about my weight loss when she noticed a lump in my throat that was previously hidden by years of fat. It was a tumor. A biopsy came back non-conclusive. I was sent into surgery and had half of my thyroid gland removed. Luckily it was not cancer, but for a few days we were all running scared. Another second chance.
This year I have set two large goals for myself. The first is to compete in a Triathlon. This is a sporting event where one swims for 500 meters, bikes for 12 miles, and then runs 4 miles. All in a row. It is demanding and challenging but I know that I can reach this goal. I will be running the Tri the Rim Triathlon in Durango, Colorado on April 14, 2007. But I am not just doing this for myself. I wish to raise money for others at the same time. I have chosen the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as my beneficiary. Why just help myself when I can help others get that same second chance that I have had.
I have set a goal to raise $2,000 for this cancer society. I want you to know that in helping me you are helping fund research and care for cancer patients. I have been very impressed with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They support both cancer research and aid in treatment for those who cannot afford it. Their “Team in Training” is the worlds’ largest endurance sports training program and have had more than 290,000 volunteer participants.
My wife, Linda, thinks I am nuts. But she knows that once I set my mind to something I never quit. Run Dale, run!
My body was free of cancer and I am grateful. I know that I can push this now healthy body past limits that I never dreamed of before. Please help me help others as I do this. Your donations are tax deductible. You can view my progress at rundalerun.blogspot.com. At this web log, you can also track my daily training, get photos, and leave rude constructive comments about my latest endeavor.
With Love and Sweat,