A.J. Bohne's Fundraising Page
Racing to Save Lives
Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
Last year in June, I made a commitment to raise money to fight blood cancers and train for the Nike Marathon in October. I succeeded at both, and the experience has encouraged me to train for the upcoming Capital of Texas Triathlon taking place in May. Aside from swimming, riding, and running to prepare, I am also raising money to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Society is working to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Having met many people affected by cancer, I know this goal is a truly worthwhile one.
You can help and be a part of finding a cure and helping those with cancer. Your donation is 100% tax deducible, and at least 75¢ of every dollar goes straight to helping fund research, education, and patient services. You can donate securely online, or send a check or money order (made payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) to me at:
3738 Chartwell Drive
San Antonio, TX 78230
I'm completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. Our triathlon team this year has two honored heros, Brittan and Angela. Brittan was diagnosed in 2002, and is currently in remission. Besides her personal fight, she has joined the team and is also in training with her dad! Angela was diagnosed in 2005 with breast cancer, and in 2007 with lymphoma. She is working hard to overcome these obstacles, all while training to swim a mile, bike 25 miles, and run a 10k!
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. My goal this season is $5,000, but the more we can raise together, the sooner we can find a cure!!
If you would like more information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Team in Training, or just want to send your support, please email me here.
I hope you'll visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress.
Thanks for your support!
UPDATE: Training Log
Swimming:The swimming is fun and challenging. With more emphasis on the challenging. Before, swimming was the means by which you reached the edge of the pool, or towed your kids along, or swam away from Marco (of Marco Polo fame). Swimming meant throwing a water-logged Nerf football at each other, then eating barbeque, and do it over and over again, until exhaustion.
Well, it’s good to see some things are still true. The exhaustion part. Swimming now means improving your stroke, your kick, your breathing, and your endurance. We’ve swam with only our hands, our arms, our legs, on our side, on our back, on our stomach, and in a circle, and underwater. Swimming while stretching, and stretching while swimming. Getting the most from your stroke. All good advice.
And that part of the training is going well. I have to concentrate, but I can feel where it makes the difference. No, the hard part for me is that I am an oxygen-breather. My gills have not developed, and so while swimming, I occasionally (always) need to breath. And nice, steady breathing isn’t good enough for me. I need great heaping lungfuls of air that are best gasped in, usually with some nice chlorine water. But it mostly goes up my nose when I turn my head wrong and breath in and out at the same time.
I’m still working on that.
The cold was only really bad once or twice. The JCC pool is heated, so as long as you submerge your ENTIRE body, you stayed mildly not-cold. But then we get back to that breathing things again.
Coming soon: Open water swimming at Boerne Lake. So far the advice appears to be wear bright colors so we can locate your body, and watch out for the alligator.
I think I can do that.
Cycling:My first few cycling practices were exciting and informative. Luckily, Kelly, Denise, Susan and Vivian had taken me for a few practice rides so I wasn’t totally lost on our first practice. My chain only came off once, and I didn’t freeze to death. Or die.
Our next practice was Elmendorf for 20-something miles. I was thankful at the end that it ended. But, it was a real confidence booster to actually cycle that far. Then, I was the SAG support person with the food, water, etc. That felt good in a different way, and the PBJ were a hit, along with the wine bottle.
Of course, the next week was cancelled, then the Giant Yard sale pushed it to Sunday. That Sunday, while on a tough hilly course, My gears stopped working. Net result was that no hills would be climbed by me that day. So, I waited for the SAG pickup, and managed to lose my helmet. But, I took the bike in and got it “fixed”. Well, mostly. It needs to be fixed again because the gears are still slipping. But, the news here is that I was talked into getting the “clipless” shoes that clip onto the pedals that are not “real” pedals. They really are more efficient, and you really can remove your feet whenever you want. And thank God for them…
The next practice for me was about 32 miles out around Castroville. This was my first clipless ride, and it was a grinder, mostly for the distance. But, it was better for my legs and my cadence (keeping your legs moving steadily and constantly, as opposed to resting).
Then, there was last week around Bulverde. Gentle rollers= Swiss Alps. Fairly flat=Rockies. Hills=Himalayas. After the first 3 miles or so, I was ready to head in and call it a day. But Marion kept me going. Then, I finally made the first stop. It was all *uphill* from there.
A few miles after the stop, Melissa pulled over to deliver the news-I had missed a turn. So, being unofficially lost, I continued on, trusting my handy Rand-McNally to guide me back on the right path. It wasn’t too horribly bad, I only walked my bike up about 4 of the gently rolling hills. And made it to the next stop. Where I discovered my car keys had fallen out of my bag since the last stop. And only one person was behind me, and not for long if they went the right way. So, I was ready again to call it a day. But, I would cycle on-until they came to get me. I’m glad I did, because I found the best part. Sattler Road. Nothing there but road. Saw only one car, and it was flat-flat, not fake-flat, so was able to zoooom along! Netted 33 miles, and Susan had found my keys in the road! So a day that could have bombed turned out much better. Thanks Susan, Kelly, Denise, and Melissa!
Running:The first Tuesday track practice was the basics of stretching, running with good posture, form, and technique. The high stepping and high winds kept the leg ache going. Most of the running practice has been on the treadmill or on the 2 mile strip near the house. It’s an ugly strip, but it’s close to home and the distance is easily measured.
As part of my run training- and because it’s such a blast- I participated in the Austin ½ Marathon in February. I was a little unprepared, but I walked it well, and even did a 4:2 walk:jog interval for the first few miles. In the end, my time was about 40 seconds better than my San Antonio ½ Marathon time from November. Go figure. Still, it was great weather and I really enjoyed it. (Thanks to Sonia, John, Christopher, Jonathon, Nicolas, & Nathaniel for putting me up for the night).
OTHER UPDATE:March 19, 2008