I’m taking the easy way out for this post and am sharing some interesting links I have come across recently. Last time I did this, I posted the day before the WTC Access Program debacle, so stay tuned because at this rate there will probably something more exciting happening tomorrow.
The first link is by Libby. I found Libby’s blog after she joined the fabulous 201Ironman blog. She posted about inspirational nature of triathletes. She also shared a link to a story about Matt Miller, a college student who was nearly killed in a bicycle accident and went on to race Ironman Cozumel the following year. You can read the full story at: http://www2.dailyprogress.com/sports/cdp-sports-cavinsider/2009/jun/26/that_boys_dead-ar-81970/
"Don’t give up, don’t ever give up. How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it.” -N.C. State basketball coach Jim Valvano
New Rev3 Half Ironman
Rev3 has announced a new half Ironman race in Portland for the 2011 race season. The race will be on July 10th and brings Rev3’s race series to 6 events. While I haven’t done a Rev3 race yet, I have heard nothing but good things about them. It is always good to give the WTC some competition whenever possible. You can read the full details at http://www.rev3tri.com/!/portland/index.htm
A Runner Becomes a Father
A big congratulations goes out to The Boring Runner. Adam and his wife welcomed their first child, a healthy baby boy, into the world earlier this week. Congrats Adam and family! Head over to his blog to see pictures of the happy family.
Swim, Bike, Run, ROCK – and help fight the war on ALS!
Trish @ My Path to Travel recently contacted me to help spread the word of the work Ironband is doing. Ironband is a rock group composed of runners, cyclists, and triathletes. They have recently released a new single "Please, Please Santa (Can you help me get a new bike?)" with all proceeds going to the Blazeman Foundation in support of ALS research and awareness. If you aren’t familiar with the Blazeman Foundation, it is a foundation started by the late Jon Blais who was diagnosed with ALS at 33. Rather than simply give up, he fought every day to deal with his illness and 5 months after being diagnosed, he became the only individual with ALS to complete an Ironman. When crossing the finish line, he rolled across the line. The action of rolling across the finish line has been performed in Jon’s memory by both pro and amateur athletes alike. You can read more about Jon Blais here.
Check out the video for Please, Please Santa below. If you like it, head on over to iTunes and purchase a copy of the single.
While you are at it, check out Ironband’s full CD, Gotta Get to Kona, with tracks such as “Not Tonight Honey (I’ve got a 20-miler in the morning)”, “Aero Envy”, and “Chafed on the Backside”. The album cover has a Lyrical Advisory: This CD contains lyrics of a questionable nature and terms known only to runners, cyclists, and triathletes. This is definitely going on my Christmas list!
More than your neighbors.
Unleash yourself upon the world and go places.
Giggle, no laugh.
No… stay out past dark,
And bark at the moon like the wild dog that you are.
Understand that this is not a dress rehearsal.
This is it… your life.
Face your fears and live your dreams.
Take it all in.
Yes, every chance you get…
And by all means, whatever you do…
Get it on film.”