I would like to take a minute out of my training blogging to say how grateful I am to these people:
Jerritt, I know you think I’m crazy. I know that I’m never home and when I am home, I’m either sleeping or too achy to move. I think that you’re the only person on the planet who would put up with my demanding schedule and still be supportive when I go out for more punishment. I also think you’re the only person on the planet who would take care of my needy hound dogs the many hours that I’m away. You’re the guy for me and I love you!
Dawn, you’re my best friend and I love you. I doubt very much that when we first met, you thought you would be touring all of Florida to stand around and wait for hours just for a glimpse of me as I run by. The finish line is all the more sweet because you are there at the end. And now we’re going to Vermont! For a race where I may die! You are by far my biggest fan and I know that many professional athletes don’t have a groupie like I have in you. O’m and o’d forever!
Mom and Dad – It’s good to have someone on the side worrying about my health and my sanity too, I’m sure. You guys keep me grounded and pull me back when I’m too inflated to slow down and assess what is really in the realm of possibility. You guys taught me strength, perseverance against adversity, and humility, all qualities that I must call on during every single race.
Karen, you turned me into this monster! First, it was, “Hey, let’s do this beginning running group.” Then it was, “Hey, let’s do this half marathon.” Then it was, “Hey, let’s do a triathlon.” The things I let you talk me into… And now I’m off to race with death! I love the person that you’ve helped me become and I can’t wait until we’re standing together at the FINISH line of the Florida Ironman!
Laurel, who knows where I would be today if Dawn hadn’t turned me on to Boot Camp so many years ago. I would not have met so many strong, athletic, supportive people and might never have gotten into races at all. I remember when you were working Boot Camp out of a dirt back lot and now you’re the talk of Tallahassee! Boot Camp is a success because you put so much of YOU into it. I love the energy and passion that you throw into everything you do.
The MoJo’s Crew, for all those days when I was too sore to move, had ankle or knee problems, or just talked you to death about workouts, I thank you for putting up with me. You guys are my friends and I’m so proud of what all of you have accomplished this year!
My friends, training buddies and fellow racers, you are the greatest support team a gal could have. All your encouragement, congratulations and friendly competition push me harder, faster, further. I love Tallahassee for all the fit, healthy, fun people that it has allowed me to meet.
Ricky, I don’t even know where to start. I guess first, I had never met someone crazier than me until I met you. I think it’s good for both of us. You push me farther and I keep you from going off the edge of the world. I’ve had the best time training with you for the Death Race. Everything after this is going to look like a leisurely stroll through the wildflower, butterfly and rainbow-blanketed meadows. Second, I’m going to be lost without you when you move but rest assured that I will be trying to talk you into at least one crazy race a year. Third, DR in 70 days. Let’s do this, Thor.