When I wrote about my first day of training, I mentioned the different people on my team and their different reasons for being a part of Team in Training. If you haven’t had the joy of hearing me rave about TNT, you can ask me about it or check out their website: http://www.teamintraining.org/. To make it short, they are a national organization which trains people to complete endurance events while raising money for blood cancer research and support.
Since I know some of you are losing sleep over why I joined Team In Training, and since I am a HUGE fan of sleep, I wanted to let you all know my reasons for continuing to be a part of TNT…
1. My aunt, Catherine, passed away from leukemia in December 2009 at 45 and she was and still is a huge inspiration. She brought my grandmother a dildo on Christmas, let my brother drive my car when he was only 12 years old, saved hundreds of animals, fostered children with MS, bought me my first thong bikini, asked my college boyfriend if he wanted to spend the night with her (before he was my bf), threw some great parties, traveled the world, and she was truly a person who constantly did things that were bigger than herself.
2. I ran cross country and track in high school and college and when Catherine got sick, I wanted to feel like I was doing something. Racing and raising money to help other blood cancer patients is what I realized I could be doing with my “talents.” With TNT, I have trained for and completed the VA Beach 1/2 marathon, the Paris Marathon (and qualified for Boston!), and am now going into uncharted territory with this triathlon.
3. This season, I will also be running in memory of my friend Lauren’s dad, Mel Greene. Mel lost his fight against multiple myeloma, also a blood cancer that LLS supports. Lauren and I have been friends since 5th grade, and when I met Mel he was in remission. Mel was great at telling “dad jokes,” took his car washing very seriously, and hated being called “Smell”. To Mel, I was a ”vestal virgin” (a concept that is, for some reason, very funny to Lauren and her mom, Eve) and I am very proud to be “tri-ing” in his memory.
4. As Catherine taught me, it is important for a person to be part of something big. something real. something important. something bigger than themselves. You can check out my personal fundrasing page here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/sfl/miamiman11/aandress and see pictures of Catherine and Mel.
I highly encourage everyone to find something larger than themselves that they can be a part of and take pride in. I’m not a cheesy person, so I’m not going to leave you with some overused quote about getting involved and making a difference. Everyone knows “the starfish story” (if not…do yourself a favor). But, I will say that I think it does a soul good. Try it out.