I’m at it again.
Skip the story, if you know the drill/need the tax break, and donate (http://rebron.org/TNT/donate.html) to my fundraising for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, IronTeam 2007. I’m looking to raise another $7,500 as I train for Ironman Arizona AND Ironman Canada in 2007. First deadline is Sept 15.
My first Ironman in 2004, done in 15 hours and 52 minutes while raising over $7,500 for the Leukemia Society, was to prove that I’m a little crazy. The second Ironman in 2005 done in 16 hours and 37 minutes was to reinforce just how crazy. And the third Ironman Canada, finished in 13 hours and 59 minutes just a week ago, and now over $13,000 raised for the Leukemia Society removes all doubt. I’m not sure what 2 Ironman races in one year will mean but it doesn’t look like I’m stopping the insanity anytime soon.
An Ironman triathlon is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run accomplished all in one day and it’s actually pretty hard. There are many Ironman triathlons set around the world and the winners from those races compete at the world championships in Kona, Hawaii where the first Ironman was held (I’m not going there anytime soon). The three Ironmans I’ve done so far were in Penticton, British Columbia/Canada, a very beautiful place.
I’ve done all my Ironmans with Team in Training. Team in Training (TNT) is a division of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is a cool organization. I started up with TNT in 2003/2004, urged by a friend to join because I could have been a little bit healthier. I didn’t know anyone affected by blood related cancers when I first joined, and then just about everyone I knew was affected including my wife’s cousin diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma in early 2005. Because of the advances directly attributed to donations like yours, our cousin is doing well. However, there are still some people who aren’t so lucky.
There’s a handful of people I do this for including Cole Regan who passed away in 2004, Louie Bonpua a Filipino sports hero, an Ironman/IronTeamer who passed away in 2002, Lesley Mansford, my teammate who’s diagnosed with CLL AND finished Ironman Canada in 2006, Laura Warren, a cancer survivor and good friend of mine, and sadly I can keep going.
Back to the fun stuff. Ironman Arizona is set for April 15, 2007 and the 25th Anniversary of Ironman Canada is set for August 26, 2007. I’m looking to improve my time by a couple more hours but more importantly have fun with IronTeam 2007. Every year our team has raised over $750,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We not only attempt probably the hardest event that TNT offers, we fundraise the most too.