Monday, July 19, 2010

Mucho Grazie!

For any of you who have prepared for an Ironman or any other long distance sporting event, you know it does not happen with you alone. There is a huge support network that makes your race possible. This is where I say thank you so very much to:
  • The Boys - I cling to your wheels and chase you around at track and on long runs. You take time off work to ride randomly with me in the middle of the week and make long and often hard bike rides very fun. At the top of hills you wait or circle back to pick me up and drag me back to the pack. Gracias.
  • Family - You understand when I show up for a wedding and have to squeeze in a 15 mile run before dinner. It isn't odd that I need to find a swimming pool when I visit you from out of town. Spasiba.
  • Steven - On those days when training is not something I enjoy somehow you get me out the door. The craziness of training and squeezing life in around it doesn't seem to phase you. Merci.
  • Blog Friends - you inspire me, motivate me, and make me laugh. It's awesome how people I have never met can be so great. Mahalo.
  • Coach Dirk - what a crazy ride the past 3 years has been. You have believed in me from day 1. I've probably cursed you more than once, but come race day I have never regretted the hard training. I will do my best to make you proud this weekend. Danke.
  • Ian and Kevin - you easily fall into 'the boys' category, but there's so much more to it than that. The training, racing and laughing we have shared the past year is something I will always treasure. Thank you.
Let the racing begin!

18 comments:

Teresa said...

We appreciate you too! xoxo

tn

Megan said...

^^ its true, we do! :) Speedy thoughts sent your way.

Kim said...

Good Luck Charisa! You don't need it though.. because YOU"RE READY.. Just go out there, have fun and learn some things about yourself and the distance. BELIEVE - I know we do!!!

Beth said...

Gratitude is an amazing thing!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

Great post. Luv it!
and YOU are a FABU athlete to follow and find inspiration;-)

ADC said...

Go and kick some a$$ now.

Nitsirk said...

I am so excited for you. I did Placid in '07 (much less competively) and it was one of the best days of my life. Right up there with the birth of my son and my wedding. I get a lot of motivation from reading your blog, it reminds me of how training should be fun so really I should be thanking you!

Good luck!

Kiet said...

Very clever post missy.

Sue said...

Happy Trails to LP!! Do what you have been training for..and smile abit during the hard parts:)

Runner Leana said...

Best of luck this weekend Charisa!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

This post is the essence of Charisa - love it! Good luck this weekend chica!

Stacy said...

Best of Luck! It has been fun following your journey the past few months.

Angela and David said...

Good luck this weekend!

Jill Costantino said...

KICK some BUTT this weekend:) Great post!

kristinschleicher said...

So excited for you- leave it all out there! p.s. your mom is super cute. mine thinks I am never too old for care packages either :)

Libby said...

good luck this weekend charisa! you are one lucky girl to have such an incredible team and incredible talent!! cheering you on from florida!!! go get 'em!

Matt said...

sounds like a great support network! Rock it at LP!

GoBigGreen said...

Great Post C! Have fun out there this weekend. Cheering for ya!