Thursday, June 3, 2010

Shannah Speaks: Memorial Day 2010

What did you do this Memorial Day?

I can guarantee that I will never for forget what I did! I finished my first Olympic Triathlon @ the Capital of Texas Tri in Austin. In January, I decided to train for a triathlon and raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of my best friend, Justin Sullivan, who lost his fight with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in December. Six of my amazing friends, including Casey's husband, decided to follow me on this crazy journey. After 4 1/2 months of training, we packed our bikes, wetsuits, running shoes and nerves into the car and set out to finish what we started. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I met so many great people through Team in Training and LLS, which made the experience even more special. The camaraderie between everyone in purple and green from all around the country was indescribable. My group of friends, Team Good Ass Fried Chicken, were well represented on the route, and we often heard other competitors reading our jerseys and getting a good laugh. Our family and friends were spread throughout the course cheering us on, easy to spot thanks to our GAFC t-shirts. My parents and brother, who came all the way from DC, outdid themselves with hilarious signs. (see pictures) The day after the race, we met the race announcers by the pool, and they were even talking about how great our signs and jerseys were!

I would like to thank all of our family, friends, clients and strangers who not only supported us with donations but with encouragement, as well. We could not have done it without y'all! With your help, I was the #2 fundraiser in the country for the Cap Tex race for Team in Training and #1 for North Texas!

A 1500m swim (which turned out to be 1850m because they miscalculated), a 25 mile bike, a 10k run........I still can't believe I did it!!!! Justin was very much in our hearts the whole day. I only wish he could have been there with us physically, too.

Here are some pictures. I hope you enjoy them!

aka Peg Leg


ana said...

wow! what an accomplishment :D a big big congrats. & what a great cause to be running for.

Jessica said...

What an inspiring accomplishment.

Shari Lidji said...

I'm really proud of you and FOR you! It takes alot of dedication, commitment and heart to complete this event. And of course you did it in style! Congratulations from Malinas pal, Shari.