You may recognize the people at left. Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. I started this whole triathlon thing 2 years ago b/c I saw a couple of my less-than in shape friends doing it and thought, "I can do that!". None of us realized the impact that first race would have on our lives. To say that my family has been "supportive" simply falls short. They've come along with me through the entire journey... sharing in my successes and failures. Particularly over this last year... we've had some challenges... and we've learned a LOT. This sport can truly consume you if you let it. I want to thank them specifically for reeling me back in and keeping me focused on the big picture... without pointing fingers, nagging, or judging. Thank you you guys. I love you.
Take a look at the chick on the right. No, not the tall skinny one. The short, cute one. You might have heard me mention her name a couple of times. Her name is Liz, and she's my coach. She started working with me at the beginning of the year. Let me say this, I would not have had the success that I did this year, without her patience, guidance, support, and expertise. She focused me, pushed me, challenged me, educated me, and talked me down from quite a few post-workout meltdowns. She put up with my annoying and random text messages and kindly answered ALL of my stupid questions in a MORE than timely manner. I am eternally grateful to ELF. She's like the smarter little sister that I never had, and I couldn't imagine launching into my 2009 season and meeting the challenges of IM Coeur D'Alene without her. THANK YOU LIZ!
Sally. I want to thank Sally. Couldn't have done it without you. Serious. THANK YOU SALLY! Hm.
LifeCycle and Gilad. Thanks for all your support you crazy little buff dude!
Very special thanks to the Bigun. For the sling. For the drugs. For puttin my bike together and forcing me to be still. For the rides. For the support. For the company. For understanding De Oppresso Liber and for just plain bein there. Love ya big dude.
Lastly, I want to thank all of you. If you're reading this right now... you can be confident that you played a part in my journey this year. Don't laugh... it true. Thanks for taking the time to read. Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement and support. Thank you for your wit and your ribbing! You helped to keep things light and real. Just... very simply...