Team In Training Poem
May 21, 2012 by Chrissy Harlow
The tension builds, the day is near
To put your backside into gear.
It seems a long, long time has gone by
When a century ride was a dream in the sky
Fatigue, anxiety, depression and pain
Long rides through wind, snow and rain
Your training is done race day is here
Time to dig deep, no time for fear.
When the gun sounds, all fear should depart
Nothing can stop you once you start.
So with light feet and heart, you will start the course
Be overcome with happiness, no sign of remorse
The road before you will be broad and wide
There are no obstacles to deter your stride.
You’re doing your part, this is for sure
To help fight a disease that was the lure.
Miles and miles for a cause
To cure leukemia there will be no pause.
One day people with leukemia will total zero
For your accomplishments today you are a hero.
I Need YOUR help!!
May 10, 2012 by Chrissy Harlow
I need your help! I am almost half way to my goal for this season and getting closer to my goal of raising $15,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Time is running out and I would love to meet this goal! If you've been wanting to make a donation but have put it on hold...NOW is the time. If you've told me you are going to donate to me, but haven't yet...NOW is the time. I need to have all my donations in by May 21st. Just click on this link to go to my fundraising page and make a donation from there.
On Sunday the team got together and did the Raven Rock Ramble that started from Harris County Park. It was a wee bit windy out, and I decided to do the metric century (62 miles), instead of the 86 mile route. I'm glad I did, as the metric century was actually 68 miles, and with the wind it felt like 132 miles. In the end I was happy that I did it. It was, in the end a great ride. Lot's of hills, and lot's of wind on the hills, and lot's and lot's of people.
I still have some great coaster's that you can get from me, or from the Trek Store. I also still have some beautiful Angel of Grace bracelets. Both items are $15 each (bracelet, or set of coasters).
Help me reach my goal!! Help The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society find a CURE!!
Together we CAN find a cure!
You did WHAT????
Apr 29, 2012 by Chrissy Harlow
70 Mile Bike Ride
So yesterday was the planned 70 mile bike ride. We were all kind of hoping that it would get called off, on account that the weather has turned from beautiful to ICK. We have been enjoying beautiful Spring conditions since February. So we the forecast said, Cold (in the 50's), and windy (9-11mph winds), and overcast with a chance of rain.....we were hoping the ride would be moved to today (which is supposed to have highs in the upper 70's). It wasn't though. We started out as a big group and then ended up in a couple different groups by then end (as usually happens). This ride was hard, we had wind, we had hills (we had wind going up hills), we had some traffic, and the cold weather (which honestly I stayed cold the entire time). It was a good ride for reflection. It was hard the hills were tough, and my legs were burning by the end. I was remembering that this....what I was doing climbing this hill and trying with all my might to get to the top was way easier than what my friends and family who have cancer have gone through or are going through. I've ended up with some weird bike seat imprints on my behind, but I think I can live with that knowing that I am helping to save other peoples lives.
This is the group of Hero's before the ride!
The group riding along..
After the ride!!
Wine and Design Fundraiser
Apr 15, 2012 by Chrissy Harlow
A great night was had at Wine and Design Wake Forest, painting poppies for a cure!
Thank you to everyone who came out!
Apr 07, 2012 by Chrissy Harlow
So....I know some or maybe even most of you think I'm crazy for all the stuff I do. Or maybe you just think it's annoying...all the emails you get from me. Some of you have tuned me out (it's okay I can handle it). Some of you have told me that you appreciate my emails and my dedication to this mission. Do you really know why I do this? What reason do I have to continue to do endurance events and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society?
Yes I have a connection, in fact, I have many connections to blood cancer. Does it suck? It sure does. Would I like to see the end of blood cancer, and indeed all cancers....I sure would. Am I happy to be apart of the change....probably more than you know. I don't think I know one person that hasn't in some way been effected by cancer. Is there anyone out there that doesn't have a friend, a loved one, even an arch rival, that has had to go through the cancer hell? It isn't anything you wish on your worst enemy.
From a very young age I knew, I just knew I want to be a pediatric oncologist. I knew the words for it, I knew this is what I wanted to do. Why? What made a 3rd grader who at the time had no connection to cancer (that she knew of), want to be a kid doctor specializing in cancer? I honestly don't know. If asked when I was younger I would gladly tell anyone that I wanted to be a pediatric oncologist, or a hair stylist (you know cause kids are never really sure). Was it an omen, or a prediction on my life that I would know so many people effected by cancer? Ehhhh....did you all have the same aspirations?? So growing up, I KNEW this is what I was meant to do, except....uggghhh school was not my most favorite thing in the world. By the time I finished high school (which was a specialized high school, in which I did health occupations, and had to have a major and everything), I was really sick of school. So I did not become a pediatric oncologist, I became a dental hygienist. Hmmmm, very very different things. I think that TNT and I were brought together for a reason!
I started training for my first TNT event (a sprint distance triathlon) in the winter of 2005. I completed my 2nd (my first was while training for the 2nd) Sprint distance Triathlon in the Spring of 2006 with Team in Training...and it was AMAZING! I still have friends from my first team, and that is just amazing to me. In the beginning of 2007 my Mom was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, and I was hit full on with knowing someone with a blood cancer. And it wasn't just someone, it was my MOM!! In September of 2009 my second cousin was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, hit again. In December 2009 one of my scrapbooking friends found out that her son David has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, another hit. Not to mention all the connections I've made through friends and teammates with their personal stories or stories of their loved ones.
So this 100 mile bike ride that I'm doing around Lake Tahoe, is my 7th TNT event. It's my first cycle event with the Team. Do I think what I'm doing by, putting myself through the training for "crazy" endurance events and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is really making a difference? YES, yes I do! Check out this video about mission day to understand part of why I do what I do (it's long, but worth it).
So that's the deal with me, and part of the why. Hmmmm. So now...what can you do? Go ahead and click on the link to my fundraising page, and make a 100% tax deductible donation. Or if you'd like a little something for your donation, see me for a coaster set, or a cool bracelet. Or you want to do something fun? Sign up for the Wake Forest Wine and Design Red Poppy class on April 14th, and come have some wine at Wine 101 before painting, then hang out with me and let Wine and Design help you paint something you can be proud of. No joke you don't know how to paint, they make it easy!
Ohh and something new: I have tickets for the Belk's charity sale. On April 21st from 6am-10am Belk's will open it's doors for this AMAZING shopping extravaganza. For your $5 ticket, you get in, you get 20-70% off rarely discounted items, you get $5 back on your purchase (so basically it's free). Let me know if you'd like a ticket! This can be used at any BELK'S on April 21st!!
This is a shot of the group before the ride today (I'm in the white and blue, with the chocolate lab on it).
Here is a group of us half way through the ride! This group rode 45 miles today with a pace of about 17 mph! Pretty amazing!