|Carole @ Ottawa Marathon|
My biggest fan, after Barry of course, is Carole. Oh what would I have done without Carole? If ever I was in need of just about anything, Carole would be there. In a pinch with the kids, Carole to the rescue. I'm frustrated, tired and low, Carole was there to pick me up. I'm high on endorphins and want to talk endlessly about my incredible workout, Carole was always there to listen, without complaint. AND, she is coming to my race, flying down with Barry and the kids - because goodness knows, how could he fly with the kids on his own? Carole, from the bottom on my heart, and from the entire family - thank you for being you!
Speaking of childcare, my next big shout out goes to KatD! While I wanted to get my long rides in while the kids were at school, I just couldn't make it back for pick-up Not to worry - KatD is here! Thank you for always being willing to grab the kids after school or look after them early before the school day started. You gave me those precious extra minutes needed so I didn't have to rush and I could get my training in.
|Clinton and Julie: clearly they are both triathletes!|
The year after Calli Anna was born I joined my gym - the Mayfair. One of the best decision I ever made. I have to thank the Mayfair, and in particular some of the trainers especially David, Sabine, and James. They have supported me, pushed me, and mentored me every step of the way and most important they never stopped believing in me.
And I cannot thank just the trainers at the Mayfair but also the dear friends I have made there. It's friends like Joanne and Lawrie that making going to the gym extra special. It's that extra little push to get you to your workouts knowing a friend will be there and after the sweat there was sure to be a coffee (or beer, or wine) and chat to follow.
Training for an Ironman takes a toll on your body. I want to thank my medical team - Jen, my ever wonderful massage therapist who changes her schedule to accommodate me, Will, my chiropractor who tortures me with ART and electric acupuncture (and doesn't get too mad when I forget my appointments) and finally my sports doctor, Howard Chin - who thankfully, since healing my "hip" injury I have not had to see!
|TTC Group Ride|
I'm sure the moment I publish this post I will think of someone I left out.
To all of you who have listened to me go on endlessly about my training, thank you for listening.
To my friends who I don't get to see very often any more because I'm either training or sleeping, thank you for understanding.
To my Facebook friends and twitter followers, thank you for the supportive words, encouragement and accountability.
And to my mom and dad - thanks for everything - I love you and I'll see you in 2 weeks in Panama City Beach!