I got a race report from one of my athletes the other day. He recently completed Ironman Florida in sub-10:40 or so. We hadn’t talked specifically about his goals, but I knew that he had one or two…in fact, I encourage athletes to have 3 goals: a stretch goal, a walk away happy but not satisfied goal, and a well at least it was completed goal. Mike came to me as a result of me coaching three other Mikes…mostly two. I just threw the third one in there because in reality I was at one time coaching 4 Mikes. But, he was good friends with two of them and so the story goes. His race report was billed as a bit less of a race report and more of a story, and that was true. It was motivational and inspirational. He brought up the fact that several years ago his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer and his journey began in late 2009 after she was 18 months clear of cancer. So, in late 2010 Mike signed up for Ironman Florida. It really was the story of what it means to be an “Ironman” and the legitimacy behind the brand that many shape their lives around.
Why do I write this? Because more and more we find out that everyone of us knows someone who has been directly affected by cancer. Could also easily be written that we know someone who has been directly effected by cancer. So, here I am again on 17 November trying to get a little bit of awareness to cancer and the month of MOvember, and yes, I am still way short of my $1,000 goal.
I don’t know who you might donate to or for or in remembrance of. The statistics again that jump out at me are that 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 2.2 minutes, and 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Kind of makes me think a bit more as I type it instead of just copy and paste it. Off the top of my head are at least three people, and I am sure if I thought just a tad bit more it would be at least a dozen or more.
Last night Amy and I went to a bike build for ‘Bikes for Kids’ here in Austin. We built bikes for kids who will receive them as gifts for the holiday season. I’m sporting my ‘MO’ as you can see and will be until the end of MOvember…yes all the way through IM Cozumel. I’ve put a couple of pictures below. The ‘event’ is sponsored by a local MIX radio station and the Mellow Johnny’s bike shop. I only put that blurb in there so I can make the tie in for my MO. Because we built MObikes for MOkids last night. I’m hoping that the kids aren’t old enough to be sporting their own MO.
So, get off your bum and go to http://mobro.co/BMoMarshTX and donate!!