Last Sunday was a casual ride with a group of Tri clubs members. It was a late season orgranized ride sponsored by the Iron Oaks foundation, so not a lot of people showed up for the event, so we all got cool backpacks and extra free stuff.
There were eight from the club, one person will be riding her first century and another riding his first 50 miler. On paper we are actually a small Tri club, but I think the support we give each other is immeasurable. My teammate who did IMoo with me was there supporting her friend riding her 1st century. Me, I took the easy way out and a group of us only rode the 50 mile loop.
There has been a lot of great stories from IMoo I have read or heard about the past couple of weeks but I wanted to tell you a short story of my teammate.
Michelle had attempted to race an IronMan before several years back, but encountered a road block. Well, she was diagnosed with cancer, so that kinda of put a hold on her IronMan dreams. Then 2006 was going to be her year. We both had different training paths leading up to IMoo this year, but trained with each other when we could. So a couple of weeks before IMoo she went to the doctor and she had a suspicion that the cancer had come back. But with permission of the doctor and her willingness to race she fought hard and became and IRONMAN. Just about a week or so ago her suspicions were correct. But with treatments that lay before her she is staying strong and truly a tough "BIKE CHIK". To have that cloud over you and still have the strength to complete an IRONMAN and also come out and help support your friend/fellow teammate for a century ride, I though that is truly amazing.
So eventhough we maybe a small Triathlon club and finished 10th in the MERCERS team standings, I think we are a truly huge club in so many other ways.
So this weekend I'm supposed to do a 20 mile run according to my marathon schedule, so I will attempt that and get in a 40+ mile running week in. I was a little bit sore from cycling 50 miles the next day so I think I still need to still ride my bike once in awhile. Why does this all feel like a training schedule again. Oh crap, it does. Oh well such as life and my crazy racing schedule.