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I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Keep Fighting!


...And the damn thing just kept beeping all night long!
I'm not sure if this is a testament to laziness or utter exhaustion, but our smoke detector battery is running low and it decided to inform us of this unfortunate fact at 3:00a.m. this morning. You know what I'm talking about. That single solitary "beep" that sounds every minute or so. At that time of night, you're just not even sure if it's a real fire or someone's pulse. Just a single "beep" spaced just long enough apart to annoy you all night long.

Pathetically, neither Shawn or I got up to do anything about it. Even our boys (Brutus and Woody) were like, "Mom and Dad, do something! I can't sleep and I'm a freakin' cat!! We can sleep over anything and this is bugging the crap out of me!" I just put my head under the pillow and attempted to keep sleeping--even if it was in 1 minute increments.
The days are just so crazy right now. I've got 3 press releases to write, a radio campaign starting, several print deadlines, invoicing and packing to take care of so that I can leave tomorrow for California. We're heading out there to go to the Ohio State vs. USC football game. Those of you that are college football fans know this game is BIG. You also know that Ohio State doesn't have much of a chance. Still, though, we're heading out there in our scarlet and gray with the thousands of other obnoxious Buckeye fans! At the end of the day, it's just a stupid game right?! Even if it does take a miracle for my team to win!

Speaking of miracles, another reason we're heading out to California for a week is to visit Shawn's brother and our sis-in-law. She is currently in a tough and courageous battle with cancer and we're fortunate enough to be heading out there to spend time with both of them (and Shawn's parents). I haven't written much about it because, frankly, it's been too overwhelming to do so and the last two weeks have been an emotional roller coaster of epic proportions. After all, you signed up to read a funny triathlon blog, right?!? Please keep this amazing and beautiful woman in your thoughts and prayers. She is the toughest person I know and continues to fight every day. She's a beautiful example of gratitude and positive energy--even when things aren't going your way.

One of my favorite pictures of my sis-in-law taken at our wedding. She looked better than the bride...Damn her :-)

Somehow, I've been keeping up with my regularly scheduled workouts including a run and corture on Monday, Swim/Spin double on Tuesday and 1000m Track workout this morning. There's something about that schedule that brings sanity when things seem insane.

I guess whether you're an underdog in a college football game, in an upcoming triathlon or even an underdog in a battle against cancer, you just can't quit fighting. You never know what little miracles are waiting around the corner.

14 comments:

cindy said...

Wow girl - those last two lines are the best thing I've read in a long time...very well said.

Positive thoughts and prayers for your sister-in-law. That is a beautiful picture of her :)

Also, I totally get how the training schedule brings sanity to the insane. Have a safe trip.

Kathy said...

Have a great trip, and enjoy the time with your family...

Runner Susan said...

My thoughts are with you. Have a safe a great trip visiting your family.

TrainingtoTri said...

Go bucks!

And go SIL, win, win win that battle. My thoughts are with your family.

triguyjt said...

underdogs win alot...
I am praying that your sis in law beats the big c... she is a beautiful lady

no trip to l.a. for this old bird.... gotta stay in ne ohio and hold court at brownies and steelers..... pray for the browns...haha

J. Garry Power said...

Nicely said! Enjoy the trip and you can be certain that I will have your sister-in-law in my thoughts during my solitary workouts.

ShirleyPerly said...

Very inspiring! I will keep your SIL in my thoughts. Hope you enjoy your trip.

ECrunnergirl said...

That is a beautiful picture of your SIL. I will keep her in my prayers. I have so much respect and admiration for those that fight that good fight to beat cancer. I just cant imagine.

Isnt it great that the workouts and training keep us focused and sane? Have a great trip and best wishes and thoughts from the East Coast.

Colleen Renee' said...

Carrie, my thoughts are with you and family. I know the cancer fight and what you said brought tears to my eyes. I will pray for that miracle around the corner. Please let me know if there is anything the Lance Armstrong Foundation can do in terms of support or information. Much love and hugs your way.

Colleen Renee' said...

oh and.....O-H...I-O (smile)

Dionn said...

Amen.

WADDLER26.2 said...

Go Buckeyes!!!! You just never know! It is almost like cheering for the Cubs!

Frank said...

Amen to fighting! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

PS: My damn fire alarms did the beeping thing in the middle of the night this week as well. I think they are made to only go off between 11PM and 5AM!

Viv said...

Keeping your SIL in my thoughts and preayers. I hope you all had an amazing visit.


Ahh chickie you have me in stiches over here with the smoke detector pulled that on us last week of course at that unpleasent hour. It ended up being, house alarm disarming, ladders pulled out words between the hubby and I the kiddo jumping out of bed wondering what happened. DRAMA, next day all batteries were replaced in the house.