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If the mind can believe it, the body can achieve it.

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Inspired Athlete Stories | 0 comments

Each year, I tell myself, “This is going to be the year I run really fast!” or “I’m going to get in the pool 3-4 times a week and maybe wake up at 5:30 like some of the other athletes!” However, I’ve accepted the fact that I am not a morning person at this point in my life and I’m okay with that I used to be hard on myself about not getting up for a workout or deviating from the plan, but I’ve realized that it’s okay to not have a strict schedule. Each day I plan which activity I want to...

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Marty and Lauren Rockin It @ Challenge Barcelona!

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Inspired Athlete Stories, Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Marty and Lauren Rockin It @ Challenge Barcelona!

Marty Saturn and Lauren Schweitzer are racing in the 140.6 mile Challenge Barcelona triathlon today! Marty is veteran in the world of triathlon having raced several IM distance races, including Kona. This will be the first IM distance race for his training partner, Lauren. Both of them are going to rock it! We are thrilled and honored to have them representing Team Inspiration @ Challenge Barcelona. Rock On Inspired Warriors! Stay tuned for updates!

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Check in from Barcelona!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Inspired Athlete Stories, Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Check in from Barcelona!

Shortly after arriving in Barcelona, Marty sent us an email to let us know how he’s doing. He’d only been there for about 2 days and already has had quite an adventure! So, for those of you, like myself, who can’t be in Barcelona right now, join me in living vicariously through this awesome inspired athlete! “Hard to fathom I’ve been in Barcelona for less than 48 hours. I arrived for my pre-race advance work. I did have some angst about finding a reputable bike shop, I know there are plenty of them in Barcelona...

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Day 1 at Challenge Barcelona-Maresme

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Inspired Athlete Stories, Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Day 1 at Challenge Barcelona-Maresme

Hola from Calella, Spain! I arrived yesterday morning (Thursday) and was picked up from the airport by my training/racing buddy Marty, who had arrived in Spain on Monday. Marty helped my carry my bike box to his rental car- which he had just swapped out for a larger car, but after hearing more I think there were other reasons. The first car he had was a manual and he told me he kept forgetting that it wasn’t automatic so when he would stop (without putting the car in neutral) the car  would launch itself forward… one time into a wall…...

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Ironman dreams, powered by chemo! (part 5)

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Cancer Warrior Stories, Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Well I just passed the half way point of this chemo journey!   Cycle #4 went ahead as planned yesterday and although I am feeling the usual post chemo roughness, I am happy. If it all goes according to plan, I will actually be done at the end of November, which must be just round the corner yes? Chemo going ahead as planned also means I can now officially pack and go on holiday and what a holiday it will be!   Mark and I are going to Kona on Saturday for just over a week to train, relax and cheer those amazing athletes during the IM...

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Challenge and Inspire!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Inspired Athlete Stories, Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Challenge and Inspire!

Two of our Team Inspiration Inspired Warriors, Marty and Lauren, will be racing at the Challenge Barcelona 140.6 race on October 6th and sharing their exciting adventures with us via this blog! And next summer, on June 29th Team Inspiration will be participating in the inaugural Challenge race in Atlantic City! Our athletes racing there will also blog here about their journey to the finish line...

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Atlantic City Triathlon

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Atlantic City Triathlon

Team Inspiration participated in the Atlantic City Triathlon last weekend! And what a weekend! Saturday night we had the pleasure of sharing dinner with a truly amazing group of people. Dawn and Amy of paratriathlon sat at the end of the table and gave us deliciously detailed descriptions of menu items, and even shared a taste of their dinners! Robert Vigorito, race director extraordinaire, joined us as well! Tom Knoll, one of the 12 original Ironmen, came to dinner prepared with his 1978 Ironman trophy! Inspiring cancer warrior Bethann dined...

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Ironman dreams, powered by chemo! (part 4)

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Cancer Warrior Stories, Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Ironman dreams, powered by chemo! (part 4)

What a long week, so many ups and downs! Chemo cycle #3 finally went ahead last Wednesday, after 2 postponements and had to be administered with a 20% dose reduction as the doctors don’t think I can sustain things at they stand at the moment from a recovery point of view. I just hope it is as effective as it’s meant to be! The few days right after chemo were very rough, felt the usual wave of nausea and was just exhausted. I only had a few days before the half marathon! In my original plan, I had hoped for chemo to take place sooner so I...

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Ironman dreams, powered by chemo! (part 3)

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Cancer Warrior Stories, Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Ironman dreams, powered by chemo! (part 3)

Sept 17th 2013 Well it has been a frustrating few days. I was due to have chemo cycle #3 last Friday but my platelet levels were too low, came back to the hospital on Monday but no improvement and so I am back here today. If no improvements, they will go ahead with chemo but at a lower dose, which of course I am concerned about. They even told me on Monday to stop exercising which I balked at!! There is no evidence that exercise impacts platelet count so why?? Nonetheless, I did rest yesterday so let’s see what today brings. Running is...

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Ironman dreams, powered by chemo! (part 2)

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Cancer Warrior Stories, Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Sept.10th 2013 It’s good to wake up after the weekend with sore limbs! Mark and I run 11 miles on Sunday through our favourite park and got to deal with the typical English weather: sun and rain and sun again! The chemo is clearly having an impact on my fitness as the effort required to run ‘long-ish’ is much more so than usual. So I was huffing and puffing a lot but somehow we got it done! We have signed up for a half marathon which takes place in the city where we live in 2 weeks time, on Sept. 22nd, just because it’s great to have a...

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