The Main Event

By , Jun 23, 2015

When I signed up for TI earlier this spring, it wasn’t exactly clear to me who was inspiring whom. I naively thought that dedicating my time, energy and effort into challenging myself to a new level might help someone looking for motivation in a time of facing their own challenge. Over the course of the last few months, I have logged more miles than I thought possible, in greater heat than my Canadian blood is conditioned to, and in the interim even learned how to swim. Along the way, the support I received from donors, the support from the team, the love from my family, and the inspiration from the Warriors was so much more than I ever could have given and far more than I ever expected.

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Race Day Inspiration

I initially started racing for a man I had never met and throughout he inspired me to push myself. Then, five days before the race, I found further inspiration from a close friend back home who shared the story of her mother’s recent diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Too early in the diagnosis to know the stage, my friend who had already supported me reached out to me to tell me how important the race had become to her. I raced that day with a tattoo on each shoulder: one each. I actually talked to them a lot along the way as the heat and the monotony of the flat course got to me. I was so grateful to be filled with their energy and be inspired by them.

Inspiration on both shoulders

Inspiration on both shoulders

As if racing with both of these inspiring warriors lifting my shoulders was not enough, I was honoured to meet and race with one of TI’s Cancer Warriors. Casey Ann Randall making the trek all the way from Alaska spoke to us the night before the race. I had no idea what strength and inspiration meant, and couldn’t help but hide the tears behind my sunglasses when she crossed the finish line.

I knew going into Eagleman that it wasn’t a race. That was my lesson going in. What I learned from the experience is that no matter how hard you physically prepare for something, no matter what you do to mentally embrace the challenge, things have a way of throwing curve balls your way. In my case it was the crazy heat, and there was absolutely nothing that I could do about it. But, if you have a great support team, you find your inspiration, and you take it one step at a time, anything is possible!

Success!

Success!