Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Columbia Triathlon Post Race Report

Columbia Triathlon 2010 got off to a very soggy start! I woke up at 4:00 a.m. race morning to the sound of pouring rain. But then I remembered what a wonderful event this is rain or shine! The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit for the race, especially Natasha!

Most of all I was very excited because our honored teammate from the 2009 Columbia triathlon was now our teammate racing on one of our relay teams! Dan Alderman was a cyclist on one of our relay teams and my son, Ben, was also a cyclist for Team Inspiration. Last year Ben rode in honor of Dan who was one of my patients receiving chemotherapy.

Dan is a lacrosse player at McDaniel’s College and Ben played lacrosse at University of Denver. Although they were in touch throughout this past year via Facebook, it wasn’t until the day before the race at packet pickup that they met. It must be their background as team players that they decided to do the race together as teammates rather than as competitors. It was an excellent racing strategy as they both had an awesome race time averaging 18.2 mph!

I was at work the Friday before the race and one of my patients asked if Team Inspiration was going to wear the Livestrong bracelets again for this race. He also knew that Dan was going to be riding in the race and asked if Dan would carry the bracelet with his name.This was an extremely wonderful request that deeply touched all of us  and we decided that each team member would wear a bracelet with the name of a very special Cancer Warrior.

For all of us racing with Team Inspiration, we recognize that we are very fortunate to have this opportunity to be a part of the triathlon community and we are tremendously grateful to be able to share that experience with our Cancer Warrior friends and teammates.   Thank you!

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