Sunday, September 21, 2008

Willow passed very peacefully today.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Congratulations Mike!

By now the news has spread far and wide, so you may have already heard, but Mike made it across the Catalina Channel. Read more about his amazing accomplishment on his blog:

http://catalinachannelswim.blogspot.com/

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Commitment

I had the idea of doing Big Kahuna in the back of my mind the past few months. I never signed up for the race, figuring I could sign up at the Expo at the last minute if I wanted to do it. I just felt like I needed a break from the stress of a difficult event being my main focus in my training. I guess you could say I was burnt out.

I think what I've learned from this is that I should either be in or out when it comes to races. I seem flakey to everyone around me if I don't do the race I talked about maybe doing. And I'm not committed to what it is I was trying to do, taking a break from training for a huge race and feeling burnt out.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Rebuttals to Sarah Palin's Speech at RNC

Claim:

Sen. Barack Obama "is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform -- not even in the state senate."

Rebuttal:

http://mediamatters.org/items/200809040007?f=h_latest

Claim:

"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities."

Rebuttal:

http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/09/what_a_community_organizer_doe.html

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Willow

The news from the oncologist was not very good. Willow is unlikely to live very long no matter what we decide to do. She still seems very happy. I just took her for a walk, and she wagged her tail the whole time. Of course the time we have left with her is now very precious, and we hope to make it as happy for her as we can.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New Update on Willow

I have an appointment with a veterinary oncologist tomorrow morning. I'll keep you all posted with anything new. Thanks to all of you who have asked about her.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Shout Outs

Kudos to some of the amazing athletes I have the pleasure of being acquainted with.

- Tim, Kirsten, Michele, Sally, and David (actually I don't know that I've ever met him) from T.S. who all did 24 Hours of Triathlon SOLO on Saturday and Sunday. This is a race where people do as many laps of mini triathlons in 24 hours. Tim got first place and may have set the record. Kirsten, Michele, and Sally got first 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively. The relays from T.S. also did awesomely, too, placing first in the 4+ team division (Mike, Sarah, Joe, Bob, Keith, and Mirella) and almost tying for first in the team of 2 division (Lennard and Ian). Mary, the wife of David (one of the soloists), and their two sons (Brian and Eric) made up a team of 3, making for a superbly fit and adventurous family. Congrats all! All of us at T.S. are proud of you.

- Mike, who is swimming the Catalina Channel solo on Wednesday. This is more than 20miles of swimming in shark infested water, and he'll start swimming for hours in the dark. Best of luck, Mike! I can't wait to hear all about your success.

- Jocelyn who is leaving Wednesday to pursue her dream of becoming a professional triathlete by going to a training camp with her team, TeamTBB in the Philippines. Bon Voyage, Joey! I'm so excited for you! Don't forget us little people when you're Ironman World Champion!

- This congralations is a long time coming (at least on this blog), but one of my other Catalina Channel Relay members, Emily, did the Catalina Channel solo this year. Read all about the fulfilmment of her dream at http://rosewaterswim.blogspot.com/