Friday, March 21, 2008


On May 17th in Galena, I will be completing the first step toward doing an Ironman. Since the 1980s, every year I have watched Ironman Kona on TV. Each time I have experience the same emotions and tears. I always felt sometime that I would be one of those athletes to hear those words, "You are an Ironman".

I volunteered at the finish line last August at Ironman Louisville. The range of emotions was overwhelming as I helped each finisher across the line. I knew that somehow I needed to complete an Ironman. There were alot of obstacles ahead of me but I knew I could overcome them.

My number one movtivation is my patients and their familes. I am a radiation therapist in a Cancer Care Center. My patients come Monday through Friday for an average of 6-9 weeks getting their radiation treatments. Their courage, strength, and perserverence are an example for all. To support cancer research, I have raised over $2,000 in my races.

Another one of the people that truly inspire me is Sister Madonna Buder. She has competed in 37 marathons, 300 triathlons and 31 Ironman Triathlons, all after the age of 50. She found a way to join the training to her spirituality. Buder's faith motivates her to complete Ironman. "I see the finish line as symbolic for the Pearly Gates. You want to get there, and you want to know you have given all you have to give when you arrive," she said.

According to Buder, participating in a triathlon has parallels to life. During training she has time to be in nature and "enjoy the captivating scenery that Mother Nature has to offer." In a race setting, when you are flying down a course as fast as you can go, you are susceptible to all the dangers life has to offer, she said.Like life,races do not always end well. '' I believe that also.

When I was 48, I returned to running. I have completed the Chicago marathon twice and the Flying Pig Marathon. Also I have finished 8 half-marathons. I then turned to duathlons and completed 7. At the end of the 2007 season, I was first in th USAT Midwest Region Duathlon Series 50-54 age group.

In October 2007, I commited to do Steelhead 70.3. I did not know how to swim. I began taking lessons and lost 27 pounds. Last week, I swam a solid 1600m in Master's swim.

I have alot to offer the Team in the way of motivation, commitment and belief. I also hope to show others that no matter what your age or ability is when you can achieve whatever you set your mind to with commitment and the proper training.

Thanks for reading! If you think I should be the next fully-sponsored member of Team Evotri, please write down the URL of this web site and have it ready for voting when you click the EVOTE button below. Thank you!


Dori said...

You got my vote! I can't think of a better candidate. Good luck. :-)

Irene said...

I just voted! You so deserve this!

IronSnoopy said...

:) You can do eeet.

Think positive:
Of course everyone will vote.
Of course you'll get picked.
An Ironman IS in your future.
And you too, will be an Ironman.

IronWaddler has a nice ring to it.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Best wishes!!

Tom said...

Wow, you're very inspirational.

I wish you the best in all your goals!

Vickie said...

Yes! You can do it. And too weird. I got an e-mail from someone I don't know about voting for them. Of course, you will get my vote! You are far more committed to this than I am!

Joe said...

Great summary! I just voted...hope this works well!!

SWTrigal said...

If i can do it-(and doing it again now, you can do it. Finishing Ironman is one of the best accomplishments of my life..

amybee said...

Just voted for you! Keep us posted...

Sunshine said...

Best of luck! You obviously deserve it.

Kim said...

I too was at the Kentucky Ironman. My significant other, Kevin, was racing. Never having been at an IronMan event but watching him go thru the training was something else - I was amazed how as a spectator I was extremely emotional and for peeps I didn't even know - and I was a downpour of tears when Kevin came across that finish - while he didn't do as well as he had hoped (had three flats on bike course) - I was so proud to be there in support of him.

It is amazing what one can do when they set their minds to it, so I have no doubt you will make your goal of hearing those words 'YOU ARE AN IRONMAN'

seems we will both be at some of the same races this year... you are a brave one if your willing to get in that water at Galena.. I'm sticking to the duathlon on that one

RunnerGirl said...

YOu've got my vote!

howmanymiles said...

I voted for you.

I know we don't know each other, but your story inspires me.

Good luck!

Fe-lady said...

You got MY vote lady!
Best of luck!
I am behind you in all your efforts! Dream BIG!

Duane said...

Yay for you!!!!!!!!!