Jules Agee's Team In Training Page
Racing to Fight Cancer
Total training miles since I signed up on Nov 19:
Swim: 16 Run: 115 Bike: 197 (updated 2/25)
Current Weight: 205 lbs Starting Weight: 205 lbs
Hi, everyone! I'm racing in a triathlon to raise money for the fight against cancer.
In 2006, I was a smoker, and a 235 pound couch potato. Early in 2007, I quit smoking, and started getting into better shape. My beautiful
girlfriend fiancee(!) Shandy inspired me to start taking my fitness more seriously, and with her encouragement I've been slowly making progress throughout the year. I was also inspired by my old brother-in-law Seth Nickerson, who completed Ironman Arizona last year, and I started developing an interest in triathlon.
One of Shandy's good friends was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. Also, my sister's best friend April, who has basically been a member of our family for twenty years and whose daughter Emma is about one year old now, has just passed away (Jan 9) after fighting a very difficult battle with an unidentified cancer. Rest in peace, April.
I heard about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program, and I thought, "this is a way I can help. I'm not powerless, I can do something to help."
So, I'm training to participate in the Lavaman triathlon on April 6, 2008 as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. The Lavaman is an Olympic distance race, which means it's about a 1 mile swim, a 25 mile bike ride, and then a 6 mile run. This is a really ambitious goal for me. I've never competed in a triathlon before. In fact, I've never swum a mile, or biked 25 miles, or run 6 miles before. And all in the same day? Crazy! It's only about a quarter of the full Ironman distance, but it still seems like a long, long way to me.
I've committed to raising $5600, 72% of which will go directly to cancer research, patient support, and education. Another 18% goes toward fundraising, which includes helping me succeed at this event with coaching, training and nutrition plans, pool time, and so on.
Everyone participating in the Team In Training program is raising funds for research to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. Some researchers believe that finding new treatments for blood cancers like these may someday lead to a cure for all cancers. Research has significantly improved cancer survival rates over the last several decades. It's working. It's making a real difference.
Please help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society keep making a difference by making a generous donation to support my participation in Team in Training.
UPDATE: Alaska Airlines has offered an incentive to people who donate $100 or more: One airline mile per dollar donated. E-mail me your Alaska Airlines mileage plan number and account info if you donate $100 or more!
You can use the credit card form on the left side of this page, or if you'd rather send a check, please make it out to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and mail it to me at:
1700 E. Madison St. Apt #604
Seattle, WA 98122
LLS will mail a tax receipt for your donation to the address on the check. If you would prefer the receipt to be sent somewhere else, please include a note to that effect.
I hope you'll visit my web page often to see my progress. If you know of anyone else who might be interested, click here to e-mail someone a link to this web page.
If you would like more information about Team In Training or LLS, you can visit their web sites here:
Team In Training -- http://www.teamintraining.org
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society -- http://www.lls.org
I have been deeply moved by the amazing generosity I've seen, in both time and money, from my friends, family, and teammates. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all your support.