Race Day 2011
Jun 30, 2011 by David Costrini
I'm pleased to report to all of you that Philadelphia was a huge success for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, especially for Team Jane.
The past 6 months of training and fundraising for this event have paid off for us in spades. My coach, Melissa Boaen, and the entire Team In Training staff made sure that I was ready to compete. They helped get me to the place where I actually enjoy every minute of the race. That's a far cry from where I was at the beginning of last year when every group training session felt like a grind that would never end!
I can't say enough about all of the staff and support that was made available to me. The more involved I become with the organization, the more I realize the tremendous amount of work that goes into helping all of the athletes with our fundraising, training, travel, and allocation of donations. Speaking of those donations, over $450,0000 was raised at the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon to contribute toward the vital research that will ultimately lead to a cure for blood cancers and to support for patients and their families.
Team Jane (THAT'S YOU) took home the honor of top fundraiser for the race, not just among the Georgia chapters, but from all chapters nationally that attended the race!!! I was humbled to have been there to accept that award on your behalf. The weekend was filled with quite a few amazing moments. I'll share a few of them with you. If you want to hear about all of them just give me a call. I could go on about it if you really want me to!
First, anxiety was present from the moment the team heard that our bikes were to be disassembled in Georgia, shipped on a truck to Philadelphia, and reassembled by a local bike shop in Philadelphia. I did my part to assure all of the first time triathletes that our beloved bikes would be present and in racing condition. That however, was not the case.
As we watched our bikes emerge from the back room of the bike shop, it was noticed that one of them was missing. MISSING! A total disaster in every way to be sure. Jodie Myers from the Savannah chapter, took the mishap in stride. In the form of a true champion, she raced with bike unfamiliar to her that was provided by the shop in Philadelphia. Jodie completed her race and had an amazing weekend. A lesser competitior would have been shaken and afraid to race on a different bike. It was a treat to see such grace under pressure.
Pressure is a great way to start off another powerful moment from the trip. Apparently a tire had been over inflated on the morning of the race. To all triathletes, but especially to a newcomer, the thought of a flat is a frightening one because the process of fixing it is not as easy as it looks. Philadelphia was my eighth triathlon and I just recently got that down (thanks to John at the Bicycle Link). It takes practice to get it right and that awful sound of a tire popping is something nobody wants to hear. At best it is an anoyance and a delay. At worst it is the end of your competition. On race morning, all Team In Training members rode as a group, 150 of us, the 5 miles to the race start from our hotel. It all started out very pleasantly. It was 4:45 am, so the sun that would beat down on us later was nowhere in sight. We were riding through downtown Philadelphia when we heard it. Someone popped their tire on race morning on the way to the event. After 149 people were grateful to not have to deal with this. A Team In Training coach sprung into action and changed it for him. The best part of that was that we left the hotel as a team, we stayed as one for the repair, and continued on our way together. Nobody even knew who that guy was, I still don't. All we knew was that he got into this, with us, to make a difference in the fight against blood cancer, and that was good enough.
But far and away my favorite part of the weekend was when Team Jane was recognized for our efforts at the banquet the night before the race. A representative from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society shared with the room why I was there accepting the Top Fundraising award: to honor the memory of Dr. Jane Philbrick. That message led to competitors from all over the country to ask me about Jane and to share their stories with me about why they joined Team In Training. I know that for countless of us, the loss of Jane is powerful, moving, and frightening. That story is duplicated all too often all around the globe. All of us who competed with Team In Training in the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon, and all of you who contributed to Team Jane, are doing our part to end that. I want all of you to know that your strength was felt in Phildelphia. It will continue to be present in the field of research that will lead to a cure as well as in the form of patient assistance for those who need it most during their time of crisis.
Thank you all again for helping me be a part of this important cause.
I'm just some guy with a pair of goggles, a bike, and some running shoes.
Team Jane is us.
With continued gratitude,
Selling My Body For The Good Of The TEAM!!
Jun 16, 2011 by David Costrini
Yes, my friends, it has come to this. With little more than a week before the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon I've decided to use all I have to help us get closer to our goal. Before any of you get on the horn to Savannah Vice Squad, kindly continue reading. And mom, you can relax, it's not what you think.
I've trained and trained for this upcoming event. When I was done with that, I trained some more. I've been trying to get faster and stronger in anticipation of representing Team Jane as well as possible in Philadelphia. I love how competing with Team In Training has helped me remember Jane more clearly. My highest hope for all of this, is that by shining a light on this urgent need to further research in the field of blood cancers, that it will do the same for everyone Jane touched with her friendship, love, compassion and guidance.
As I write this, I'm still in my bike gear from an amazing group ride from downtown to Pooler and back. A big thanks to John and the guys at The Bicycle Link downtown for organizing that. A great time was had by all, except maybe for the unwarranted hand gesture directed at yours truly. Mr. "overly agressive cyclist", you know who you are!
The past six months have all led to this for Team Jane. Athletes from all over the country will converge on the city that made a delicious carb loaded sandwich and the best theme song of all time famous, all to race for a cure for blood cancers. And I'll be there because of the support of people like you who want to honor Jane's memory in this powerful way.
I'm absoluely thrilled with the funds raised so far this season, but we can do better. And to encourage you, I'm offering up some skin. For a minimum $500 donation, you can buy some premium race day real estate ON ME and have me write whatever you want on my body! Get creative with this. You can: offer words of encouragement to me that I'll see throughout the race (I'll need it as my quads are locking up like a bank vault around mile 5 of the run), trash talk to other competitors (I'll be too winded to do it for myself), show your company support for Team Jane, even a random movie quote, whatever you can think of within reason. All I ask is that you keep it clean and in relatively good taste folks.
The idea is to have me covered with your messages on race day! I'll post the photo evidence of your support for all to see.
I'm having some fun with this idea and I hope you will too. All you have to do to get in on this is to make your donation now and write what you want on me in the memo section of the donation.
If you have a chance to mention Team Jane to your friends that would be very much appreciated. Posting this link on your Facebook pages would be great, too!
Remember, all donations to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are 100% tax deductible and at least 75% ever dollar raised goes directly to fund reasearch to find a cure and to assist families battling a blood cancer.
If you ever wanted a piece of me, for better or worse, this is your chance.
Thank you for your continued support and generosity.
In gratitude, David
Team Jane Fundraising Event!!
May 20, 2011 by David Costrini
Hi Everyone. The training season is going very well and I'm really looking forward to the big race in Philadelphia on June 29th! I'm thrilled with our fundraising progress so far, but we have a long way to go in a short amount if time. So, if you haven't yet had an opportunity to contribute, now is the time. And also please do us the favor of talking about Team Jane to your friends and forwarding on this message to them.
Making a contribution is helping to assure that Jane's legacy will continue on in the field of blood cancer research. In the time that I have been affiliated with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society I've had the opportunity to see how vital this casue is right now. The numbers of people affected by these diseases is staggering, and growing. We have an opportunity to make a positive impact in their lives. I love being a part of that impact and I want you to join me.
Click on the link below to read all about the upcoming "Martini's at The Mansion" event where Team Jane will benefit from sale of raffle tickets. There are some sweet items up for the taking. So come out to the Cafe at Forsyth Park on Wednesday May 25th from 6-8pm for a fashion show, a fun time after work, and of course, martini's!
I'm headed to Hilton Head in the morning to compete in the Go Tri Sports Triathlon. The swim leg is in the ocean, a first for me. I'm really looking forward to a beautiful morning doing what I love to do, race for Team Jane. So I'm off to bed so I can get crackin' at 4am for the drive to Hilton Head!
Thank you again for your support and GO TEAM!
Race Season is Here!
May 06, 2011 by David Costrini
I'm excited to say that tomorrow morning in Pooler we'll start the triathlon season off right with the Tri The Farm triathlon! I've been training hard but I always get a little nervous the night before. I was thinking about it today, and tomorrow will be the first time in 6 months that I will put the swim/bike/run efforts together at one time. Hmmmm, maybe I could have planned this a little better! Either way, I know it will be a great time as I prepare myself for the "main event" in Philadelphia in June.
So here's some humor for you. The nice folks at the Bicycle Link helped me pick out the right computer for my bike. The idea is that this device will help me gauge my progress from one ride to the next. I imagine the idea WAS NOT to frustrate me to no end regarding it's basic functions. Yes the basics are what I'm after here. It is very sweet that this thing measures everything from the altitude, temperature, cadence and heart rate, while storing all kinds of data from past rides so I can compare them all. But I don't need any of that. I need the thing to tell me 2 pieces of information while I'm riding: how far I've been, and how fast i'm going! That's it! I finally figured it out last night after cracking an instruction manual bigger than the one for my mac. The manual, who knew?!
I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of Team In Training, perhaps moreso now than ever. It seems every day recently I either receive a letter, or someone talks to me about their personal battle with a blood cancer. Many of these people I've known in some way for years, some are new friends who have their diagnosis that they manage the best way they can. Others talk to me about their college roommate, cousin, sister or friend who either lives with a diagnosis or who has lost lost their battle. Comments like these remind me why I'm doing this. Thank you for talking to me about how these diseases have made an unwelcome entry into your lives. Thousands of us across the country train and raise funds to try and make a difference in the research that will promote more refined treatments, and ultimately cures, for these diseases.
Jane knew the importance of the work that the Leukemia and Lymphoma is doing, which is why in the months prior to her illness she volunteered with the Light The Night campaign.
All of this is done to honor her legacy of service and compassion, and to preserve that memory of her.
Thanks for your time in reading this post, I hope it will inspire you to make a donation in any amount to the efforts of Team Jane.
Apr 10, 2011 by David Costrini
I've been having so much fun with Team In Training this year. I have an amazing team to train with, led by our coach, Melissa Boaen. Melissa has been pushing all of us beyond our comfort levels, which I love. She's a very strong Inronman triathlete, one that I know I can learn a lot from. Because of my schedule, I often end up getting in my workouts on my own. But it's so much more enjoyable when I'm with the team. I know that I really can't push myself quite as hard on my own.
Yesterday, I was on a lengthy bike ride on Wilmington Island. The weather was perfect and the guys at The Bicycle Link made an adjustment or two that made everything a bit more comfortable. This was a solo training day as I had to miss the morning group training session. I hadn't planned on this, but it ended up being the longest ride I've ever been on. I had planned on 30 miles, but ended up going for 42 because everything felt so good. Actually, it felt so right that as I was putting my bike back in the car I saw my running shoes. So I did a quick transition in the parking lot of the Islands Y and ran for about an hour. My stepmother told me about a new running trail out there so I thought I'd give that a try. It was great! For any of you that want to give it a try, the entrances are off of Johnny Mercer Blvd near Bradley Point Road, and on Bryan Woods Road near Marsh Harbor. Either way, you'll want to park at the Y and then be on your way.
As I was going through this perfect training day I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for so many things. Among them were: my health, my family and friends, my job, my recently found love for endurance racing, and for being a part of something that makes a tangible difference in the lives of those diagnosed with a blood cancer.
It got me thinking about all of those "rather be...." bumper stickers that say things like "I'd rather be golfing" or "I'd rather be flying", or whatever. It made me realize that there is no place I'd rather be than training and racing with Team Jane. This experience has taught me a great deal about myself. In the past year and a half I've done a handful of things I never thought I could do. I learned that exactly the moment when my mind tells me that it's time to stop, that I've had enough, is when the good part begins.
I owe this to Jane. Not part, or some of it, but all of it.
Speaking of the good part, I remain incredibly optimistic about the potential impact all of us on Team Jane will have on those living with a blood cancer. At least $.75 of every dollar donated to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society goes directly to find a cure. I remain optimistic that your donations will fund research that will produce a cure in our lifetime.
Thank you for your support.
A breakfast bonus! Coach Melissa suggested I try Greek yogurt with blueberries for breakfast. I added some granola and Savannah Bee honey to make it a perfect way to get things started. Enjoy!