Thursday, 23 July 2009

Getting ready to go!


The wheels, they will be turning, we are getting ready to head off to Lake Placid tomorrow for the Ford Ironman Lake Placid being held on Sunday.

This has been a year long adventure for our friend Anne. One full of ups, downs, tears, fears and accomplishments.

It was Anne who got me through my first 10K race, my first marathon, my first triathlon and has helped me an awful lot with my mood swings this past summer while I've been recovering from an injury that yes, I did to myself by trying in my own feeble way to train with her while she started this wonderful adventure. I'm no Iron, but Anne is.

She slogged it out in the freezing, cold winter weather, along with all the hours at the pool, all the hours on the bike trainer and then out on the roads starting in March, cycling and running, there was still snow out there...


Luckily her journey to iron was not totally by herself, her husband Dean spent many an hour in the saddle cycling along with her for all those 180K rides. Karen would meet up with her and either run the last half of the 40K runs or the last half of 100K rides...

Although I wasn't much help running or cycling due to my injury, I was there as the telephone / email support system. I had promised to do what I could to help last year when the decision was made to go Iron. So, I booked my holidays, threw my name down to volunteer as a body marker and the rest as they say will be history.

You've done all the hard work Anne, all the laps in the pool, all the miles and miles on the bike and all the bizillion km's running in all kinds of weather, you are SO READY! Remember all of your why's, remember all of the hard work, remember all of us who love and believe in you and who are cheering you on!!!


No matter what Anne,

YOU ARE IRON.

"BE TRUE TO YOUR DREAMS"











Karen and I will be on the road Friday morning, until I'm able to catch up again on the blog remember, no matter how big or how small your dreams and goals are go for them...because you only get one kick at life, no gets out of this alive.

Life's fun if you don't weaken

Lily

Just a quick shout out to Jen Ajersch, Ralph Richardson and Kona Shelley McKee...
GOOD LUCK in Placid, see you there!!

18 comments:

Marlene said...

This post gave me SO MANY GOOSEBUMPS!

Go Anne!!! (And everyone else!) We are all rooting for you.

Laurel, you are a wonderful friend.

I love that quote - nobody gets out alive. So true!

D10 said...

Sweet post. I'll be thinkng of you friend as sending positive vibes. Please let us know how everything goes. Have fun. You are a true friend.

Wendy said...

A truly wonderful post!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Oooh, i have goosebumps too! I think you're truly a great friend for all the support you've already shown her, and for going down to the race and volunteering as well! Enjoy your trip, and Good Luck to Anne and all the other Ironman participants! :D

Kim said...

What a great friend you are. Have fun this weekend.

Anne-Have a FABULOUS experience!

Runner Leana said...

A huge good luck shout out to Anne! Have a wonderful trip down there, and I hope you have a fantastic experience volunteering!!!!!!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

have fun!!

Bert said...

Anne is fortunate to have such a stalwart friend as you! Have a wonderful time this weekend, both of you!

Anonymous said...

Go Anne Go... and true blue friend to all is our Lily!
HAVE FUN!!!! bring back some good booze from the duty free stores on the way back eh? (-;
T

Jo Lynn said...

Have a great time. You are a very nice friend. I love that! I hope your friend rocks it! ;)

Groover said...

Good luck, Anne.

"...because you only get one kick at life, no gets out of this alive."

Love that! So true!

Sunshine said...

Wishing you a marvelous time.

EndorphinBuzz said...

Go Anne you can do it AND will look good while doing it.

Props to Lily for support. Enjoy yourself also :)

joyRuN said...

Good luck to Anne!

Have a great time & safe travels :)

AKA Alice said...

"...no one get's out of this alive." Amen Sistah. Amen.

Good luck to your friend Anne this weekend!

Ted said...

You got me quite teary. What a true friend you are. I cannot wait to hear all about it. As a matter of fact, my wife's friend was also at Lake Placid for the Ironman last Sunday.

Vickie said...

And we now know the outcome--Anne is IRON.

bill carter said...

Hi Lily

I hope you have an awesome time! They will be lucky to have someone like you to cheer them on.

You'll be back soon enough and better than ever. And I am quite sure of that.