Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Be a Hero!

As you all know, I am a Team in Training coach and I have completed 15 events for Team in Training raising over $45,000.00 for patient aid and cancer research. On Monday, I told the staff at the TNT office that they could count on me again to raise over $4,000.00 and that I would do it in the next month.


In this economy when people are out of jobs and not spending money, I am going to ask them to contribute to cancer research? YOU BET!!!

The Ironman triathlon that I have coming up next month and the Goofy Challenge that is in January is minor compared to the fact that I want to ask you to help people like my friend Bill who is currently in remission. Remission is not a cure. Cancer can always "wake up" and come back. If and when Bill has to return to treatment, hopefully research doctors like my good friend Nahum will have found a better treatment protocol. The goal is to find a treatment that will greatly improve the quality of life for leukemia, lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and myoloma patients or to find a cure by 2015.
My TNT Hero Bill Cruse

That is only 5 years away! There is a lot of work that needs to be done. The recession has hit the research doctors as well. They are dealing with reduced funding and many doctors are only now getting their trials up and running full speed again after having to start over from the loss of research due to extended power outages due to Hurricane Ike last year.

You can make a donation by hitting the link that I have placed in the side bar. No donation is too small. You might think that $20.00 will not help much, but it can cover parking expenses for a day down at MD Anderson when a patient goes for a chemotherapy treatment.

If you cannot contribute, please tell two or three people you know about my challenge to help my friend Bill. Most people have a direct connection to someone who has cancer they know of someone has a friend or family member who is in treatment. The process of administering chemotherapy was discovered in trials to find a cure for leukemia. Glevak is a cancer drug that has been hugely successful and was discovered by a research doctor who was funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Treatment protocols that may not work for leukemia have been found promising in treating breast cancer, stomach cancer, and lung cancer.

Would you like to be a Hero?

Be a Hero with me and be a part of my TEAM!!!

Thank you for your support,


Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I like getting myself birthday gifts!

Today I am finally the age that I have been racing at all year long. It is really anti-climactic since I feel I have been this age all year long. However, my faux 40th birthday will be on January 1, 2010 when I get to age up to the next Age Group. I am really excited about that because I get to leave the "fast chick" group and I have noticed that my new age group comes with such benefits as we get to start earlier than the last age group wave which has happened to me on many occasions in the past 5 years. I also get to race in a smaller age group which might up my chances to get into the top quarter of my age group rather being stuck in the middle.

As you can see from the picture, this is what I special ordered for myself for my birthday. El Esposo came home last night and asked what it was and then asked if he could wrap it and give it to me. LOL, he has no idea what to ever get me for my birthday or Christmas. What I did get was another REI gift card. I have enough money in REI cards now to get the new Garmin, but seeing how I am technologically challenged and hardly understand how the stuff I already own works, I should go with my other option. My other option is to take and REI Adventure trip! I would love to go to the Grand Canyon again or to Yellowstone.

Anyway, it is a busy work and training day. I have to get that out of the way first before I can splurge on a piece of cake.

Have a great day!


Friday, October 2, 2009

Coach Liz--Swimsuit Model???

Yes, it could be a possibility. I sent in my photo to the Triathlete Magazine Swim Suit Model Search a few days ago. Good grief I am in a swim suit a lot these days and I am sure that the editorial staff needed a good laugh so I threw my name in the hat.

I sent in the photo in response to the comments that were made in the "Letters to the Editor" over the past few years that the models they were using had surgical enhancements and did not look like they had done many (any) triathlons. Well, I told the editorial staff that if they enjoyed controversy and all those letters to the editor then they needed to think about the number of responses that they would get if they stuck an Age Group 40-44 year-old in their swim suit issue. I don't fit the "young" or "HOT" classification, but at least I fit the "triathlete" classification.

New photo galleries will go up each day through Monday. Blogger Buddy Steve in a Speedo is in the running as well. If you want to leave a comment on the Triathlete Magazine web page to sway the votes go right ahead and do so.

Have a great training weekend!