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End of a Chapter - Thank You!
Aug 04, 2011 by Amy Richard

How do you put into words an experience as unique and incredible as this one? The first thing I want to do is to thank you all for this amazing chance. Without you and your generosity. I would not be here writing this today. Thank you for all of your donations, from the bottom of my heart. Together, we fight cancer. It didn’t matter what happened on Saturday, what mattered most was that we, as a team, raised over $300,000 for cancer. We were successful even before the horn blew to signal the start of the swim, and that is thanks to all of you. You played a huge part in our team’s huge success this past Saturday. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

So as far as the race…it was amazing. I enjoyed ever moment of it, even the painful ones.

The swim:

I wanted to try to finish the swim in under an hour. Faster swimmers are supposed to move to the front but I was a little shy and nervous. I stayed in the middle of the waves with my friends. It was my first Ironman…I chose comfort over trying to make a certain time. The horn blew and there we go. I’m not sure how many were in the water but it was a lot. It felt like a traffic jam at first. I didn’t get punched or kicked in the face, I was being cautious. But I did feel like my feet were grabbed several times. Someone did swim over me once and I gulped a lot of river water. Other than that, I wasn’t bothered. Several things happened. First, on the first loop around, I turned around too early on accident. There were big yellow buoys lining the swim path. About halfway, there were a few big red triangular buoys. I got confused and didn’t realize there were more than one and turned around when I saw the first one. A race official in a boat came at me yelling “GO BACK!! You turned around WAY too early!” I felt terrible! I quickly went back and thought, you don’t have to be so mean; I didn’t do that on purpose!! Anyway, I got over it quickly and just focused on enjoying my swim. On the second loop, I ran into another swimmer and I apologized. I heard my coach Jason saying “don’t be polite!” and I laughed at myself. Also, at the turn around, the river gets very shallow. A lot of other swimmers just stood up and walked. I got very annoyed at them because to me, they looked like Apes walking through the Amazon and I was annoyed that I had to dodge them. Overall, I had a great time. I love to swim. It’s challenging swimming with a lot of people. I got out of the water and my mom was there cheering. I ran to my transition area after having a wetsuit stripper help me take off my wetsuit, and changed as quickly as I could to start my bike ride.

The Bike:

We were lucky. Vineman can be HOT. It was overcast and cool for the better part of the morning. I felt really good on the bike during the first loop. (It’s a two loop course, you bike it once, and then all over again). I had told my family to go watch in certain spots. Coach Jason and teammates were stationed at mile 28 (the second aid station). I paused for a potty break and to refill my bottles and then got back on my bike. As I passed my coach and teammates, They jumped up cheering and were so excited shouting “AMY!!” I felt so loved and special. And then, about half a mile down, my family did the same. Those little moments make the day so much better. There is one hill on the course called Chalk Hill…It’s the only real hill and it’s not so bad but it can be hard. Laura, an honored teammate was there with a cowbell and I was so thankful for her. She gave me strength. She is fighting cancer now. I was doing this for her, for my friend, for all of the true fighters. It kept reminding me to enjoy this experience and really live it. After Chalk Hill, I saw one of my teammate’s, Erin, husband Bobby. Bobby finished Vineman last year and he was there to support us. When he saw me, he ran next to me and told me I was doing awesome. It was very nice to have that support. At mile 50, I had a pleasant surprise as my family cheered for me. That support is so important. Coach Brad and Rachel, our campaign manager were both at mile 54 and that made me happy too. I stopped at my special needs bag and reapplied sunscreen, refilled my bottles and grabbed my second Clif bar. I was feeling pretty good until about mile 84, when I passed the Geyserville station again. It started getting hot. I didn’t feel hot but I knew I was overheating because I was feeling nauseous. I turned off my nutrition, slowed down, and focused on cooling myself off as well as trying to drink as much plain water as I could. Mile 85 to 105 was rough. I was just not feeling good in my stomach at all. And I knew that if I didn’t eat/drink, I wouldn’t make it on the run. I wanted to ride faster but I listened to my body and didn’t push it too much. At mile 109ish, our coach had said that we should take in our last nutrition and then stop. You don’t drink/eat in transition and in the first few minutes of the run to give your body time to adjust and digest. I hadn’t had anything substantial for about 1.5 hours. I had half of my clif bar left and I knew that I was going to need it for the run so I ate it all. I took a few swigs of my drink and that was it. I finally reached the high school and transition area. 112 miles. Done. Now, a marathon. I changed as quickly as I could and was off for the run.

The Run:

The run is a three times out and back loop. It’s beautiful and hilly. I planned to walk the hills and run a 9:1 interval (run 9 minutes, walk 1). That worked well for the first loop. Around mile 5 though, my right ankle started to hurt and my foot cramped. I think it was because my shoe and ankle brace may have been too tight. I also had some knee problems from driving the couple days before (Amber thinks it is tendonitis). It was painful but I kept telling myself that it was nothing compared to what cancer patients go through. I just walked a bit more than I planned. It was fine. Again, I was so lucky to have all of the team’s support as we all passed each other multiple times. I ran with Scott for a few minutes and met a nice girl who was from a different TEAM chapter. I think her name was Stephanie. The run is a blurr…somehow I can’t quite remember how I felt. Almost like my skydiving experience. I can only remember how I felt. Even though my leg and foot hurt, I was happy. And so thankful that I was alive and able to experience this. On the second loop in, I saw my family and I saw Amber. I almost cried. I was just so touched that they were there cheering me on. The last loop of the run was long but it was good. Dash saw me and told me to enjoy it. And I did. I made sure to enjoy the experience. We had teammates cheering us on, and seeing other teammates push and fight through pain and discomfort, I pushed too. I had a about a mile left and our head Coach Brad was walking back onto the course. He just held out his arms as if to say “you did it!” I gave him a big hug and thanked him for this amazing experience. He prepared us well (he and our four other coaches). I ran the rest of the way and I made sure to smile nice and big as I crossed the finish line. My teammate Traci was volunteering and giving metals. She gave me mine and I cried. I was happy to see my Coach, my friends, my family. I did it! It’s an amazing time. My mom asked me how I felt and I said I felt good (which I did). I cried as I said how important it was for me that they were there cheering and how important it was to have Amber there. And then I told her that the one thought I had on that last loop is how lucky I feel to be experiencing this. I am alive and I get to live this. SO COOL.

My race is over…it is not the end. I have transformed into a triathlete. My story is not over and more importantly the fight against cancer is not over. I hope that you will support me again as I continue to train with TEAM in training in the future. Thank you so much for all your support. I had a truly magical day. If you are even remotely interested in doing an event like this, don’t hesitate, just do it…and do it with TEAM…they WILL get you through it.

Thank you.

Love and happiness to you all,


Two weeks and a Pole Raffle
Jul 13, 2011 by Amy Richard

In a little over two weeks, I will be racing Vineman Full. The past couple of weeks have been intense. We did our Power brick workout - 5 hours on the bike, 3 hours running. It was tough but I finished it and I am ready to race. I am excited and a little nervous. But, like Coach Brad says, it's just another day at the office...just need to stick to the plan and take care of business. :) I can do that.

Here are a few photos from training

Pretty happy during a successful open water ocean swim in Santa Monica. :)

Practicing water bottle exchange.

I made cookies for Louis for his Ironman CDA finish. Louis is also our photo captain. He is amazing.

Jasmine and I couldn't get past the waves that day. We were dissapointed but that's the great thing about IronTEAM...we are there for each other.

Maybe we didn't make it past the waves but we can do a pretty awesome pyramid!

We went back out to sea and we made it!! Thank you Coach Jason.

Also, thanks to X-Pole, I am raffling off a Kendra Wilkinson pole. For every $5, you get a ticket! ANY donation is great!

Thank you again for all your support and all your donations.

The countdown begins...
Jun 27, 2011 by Amy Richard

Here are a few numbers:

3.6 - miles swam in the Russian River this past weekend

112 - miles biked on the Vineman course

440 - minutes it took me to bike those 112 miles

20 - miles of the run course that I ran on Sunday

210 - minutes it took me to run those 20 miles

4 - days of being surrouded by an incredible team composed of inspiring, caring, loving, supportive individuals led by amazing coaches.

32 - days until the big day.

The best part? We are donating $13, 316 and counting to an important organization who does so much more than sweat and power through a challenging endurance event for patients and their families.

We had our training weekend on the Vineman course. It was amazing. I feel so lucky to be alive and healthy and able to do this even if it is tough and painful at times. I keep pushing because I know there are people out there who are true fighters - battling cancer every day and fighting to survive and heal. At times when I felt low of energy and will, I remember your generosity and what it is I am doing this for. It's for hope and for the future.

Here are a few pictures:

After our first 2 mile open water swim from Hermosa Beach pier to Manhattan Beach pier two weekends the ocean!

Napping after the 2..4 swim/ 112 bike/30 minute run on the Vineman course.

Focused on finishing.

Recovery....napping with my nephew Henri :) I think of him too when I practice.

Thank you for reading and for all your donations. It means so much to me. You all keep me going.

Wildflower and Training Continues
May 26, 2011 by Amy Richard

Hey Everyone!

It's been a while since I've updated this. I successfully finished my first ever triathlon: The Avia Wildflower Long Course (Half Ironman distance) in 7 hours and 19 minutes and 4 seconds.

It was awesome! I was very nervous to start the swim and I need to get used to swimming with lots of other people. I'm shy about passing others.

The bike portion was awesome. I went fast going downhill. I felt so proud! Also, a cool thing was that my bib number was 1958. That's my dad's birth year and I think of him every time I get on my bike. He inspires me so much.

The run was difficult. I got very hot and dehydrated. But I learned that I need to drink a lot more on the bike so I don't run out of steam on the run. I made it but it was hard. I did run faster than I thought though. I finished the run in 2 hours, 35 minutes, and 14 seconds. Not bad for me :) I'm not exactly speedy while running.

Other than that, training continues. I love the team and everything about it and I am so thankful for all of your donations. Your generosity inspires me and keeps me going as well as the thought of the lives we are able to help and save together. When the going gets tough, I only have to think of why I am so dedicated and I push a little harder.

Here are a few photos from training and races

Coming out of the swim! was very hot but every time there was a camera man, I made sure to smile! :)

Next time, I will take my leg warmers off!

The team after the race...these people are amazing, incredible, inspiring, loving, and beautiful. I feel priviliged to be surrounded and to train with such an extraordinary group.

65 days until Vineman....bring it on!!!

Wildflower, Agoura Great Race, and Half Ironman Brick
Apr 09, 2011 by Amy Richard

This is me street poling after running at Wildflower Training Weekend. Some passer by asked if he could give me money! I signed up for the Wildflower Triathlon Long Course! It's first triathlon is coming on April 30th. I'm looking forward to experiencing it with our wonderful IRONteam!

This is me and my friend and running mentor Liz. She's been sharing her running wisdom with me and helped me to become a better runner. We ran the Pacific Half Maraton. I ran it in 2:10. Pretty decent for my first hilly half! Liz ran it faster and she is 7 months pregnant! So inspiring :)

These are the wonderful people I am lucky to train with last weekend after an open water swim. I did not partake in that swim but we did practice a transition from wetsuit to cycling running from the I did get my feet wet! :P

I love cycling with the team! :)

and one more, just for fun :P

I am also in the process of organizing a pole dance recital as a benefit show so stay tuned!

Thank you for your continued support. I am so thrilled to be able to donate so much thanks to all of you.

Tomorrow, we do a half Ironman brick....FUN! I've got my drinks prepped and am very excited!

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Supporter Comments

    "Good luck!! :)"

    Margaret Gordon

    Tue Dec 07 01:19:58 EST 2010

    "I am sponsoring a matching Donation of $40 for Amy Richard's Dance Fundraiser at Poletential on 12-30-10 in San Francisco/Redwood City, California. Joel Lessing"

    Joel's Poletential Match

    Wed Dec 29 09:33:04 EST 2010

    "Way to go Amy!!! xox"

    Amanda Valencia

    Wed Jan 12 10:22:15 EST 2011

    "Best wishes for meeting all of your goals!"

    Destination Science

    Thu Jan 13 06:17:42 EST 2011

    "Good Luck Amy!!"

    Stephen & Eileen DiFranco

    Thu Feb 10 01:36:32 EST 2011

    "Our best of wishes are with you !! We have a daughter and 3 grandchildren that do triathlons and a son that has done 3 Ironman events. If they can help with tips let me know ! Bless you and be proud of what you are doing! It is a great cause!"

    Gustavo & Jeanne Arenas

    Fri Feb 18 11:20:43 EST 2011

    "I lost a son and my wife so I know the pain which never goes away"

    Bill Schworer

    Fri Feb 18 12:32:06 EST 2011

    "Amy we are proud of you."

    Bernie and Tiki Belkin

    Fri Feb 18 05:34:48 EST 2011

    "Good luck Amy! My brother is a 15+ year survivor of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Thank you for taking on this challenge."

    Rachel Forke

    Sun Feb 20 11:13:01 EST 2011

    "Ride,Swim, Run safely Amy, we are very proud of you. You are a bright star !!"

    Lou Lewis & his girls

    Mon Feb 21 07:35:54 EST 2011

    "My cousin's husband, is currently undergoing treatment at Mayo here in Scottsdale and received his marrow transplant 2 weeks ago."

    Lyle Knox

    Mon Feb 21 10:53:33 EST 2011

    "The Richard genes are indeed fantastic - giving, caring and clever. Good luck Amy."

    Jane Nottage

    Mon Feb 21 11:00:15 EST 2011

    "Amy, this is such a wonderful way to honor the memory of your childhood friend.Leukemia is such a horrible disease, since it often affects children. Our nephew, Jeremy Shafer was diagnosed with he was only 4 years old and he endured over 3 years of treatment, during which we often didn't know if we would still have him at the end. Thank you for your work in raising money for the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma. "

    Nicki Lutostanski

    Tue Feb 22 09:45:25 EST 2011

    "if you are as determined as your father is on the race track, I'm sure you'll do well. good luck."

    Masuo Robinson

    Wed Feb 23 12:49:37 EST 2011

    "I donate this in loving memory of my sister Kasey Van Gelder. She died of leukemia at the age of 6. The year 1968"

    Sean Van Gelder

    Mon Feb 28 11:00:06 EST 2011

    "One of my friends daughter was taken by this disease at the age of 4. She was a lovely child and it was literally heartbreaking. Go Amy! "

    Ed Giguere

    Tue Mar 01 09:48:14 EST 2011

    "Amy, I don't know you,But I am a fan!With Great efforts come Wonderful people.Nice Going!!"

    Marty Rouse

    Wed Mar 02 09:59:48 EST 2011

    "Amy, I don't know you, but have had some time getting to know your parents at several Freescale events. As you already know, they are wonderful caring people who make everyone feel special. Through their example, I can see your heart and compassion for others. Glen and I have worked with High School students for 15 years at our church and have experienced heart ache for losses and their personal struggles. I know you arent doing this for any personal glory, but efforts in memory of your dear friend are inspirational. Have fun and LIVE LOVE, The Burchers"

    Jennifer & Glen

    Mon Mar 07 09:39:53 EST 2011

    "In honor of my sister who is in remission thanks to the research done by the leukemia society. They have been a great support system"

    Richard Caldwell

    Tue Mar 08 11:32:53 EST 2011

    "Go Amy Go! Thank you for doing what you do...."

    Team Roie

    Sun Mar 13 10:58:40 EDT 2011

    "Amy, I am glad I got to hear about your challenge. I will be praying for your health and safety as you train for your big day!"

    Debbie Mora

    Sat Apr 02 12:33:04 EDT 2011

    "Bonjour Amy, Un tout petit coup de pouce pour ta belle initiative... Bravo ! Et peut-�tre � bient�t. Mathieu"

    Mathieu PRUNIER

    Fri Jul 01 12:14:53 EDT 2011

    "This is such a great cause! You're affecting the lives of so many."

    John & Lilia Sanchez

    Fri Jul 01 10:26:02 EDT 2011

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