Last weekend was the “Ride-N-Tie” event for our winter tri team. Ride-N-Tie? I had no idea what that was either. All I knew is that a few weeks ago our coaches lined us up according to height and partnered us up with a team mate of the same height. Me and my partner, Kristine, were the shortest! I was 2nd the shortest and I think she was the shortest. She was short, but waaaaaay faster than me. Then, we were instructed to come in team costumes or uniforms. Our theme was 80’s gym attire with striped tube socks, headbands, wristbands etc….Tony and teammate, Perry, dressed up as a LL cool J rapperesque with the money sign bling. So with this fun attire I thought were just going to play kiddie games (toss balls, water balloon catch types etc) So here was out tasks:

Teams all start at the same meeting spot.
Teammates: 1 person rides a mountain bike, 1 person runs, and you alternate at different points through a dirt 2.2 mile course. You do this around a mountain (approx 2.2 miles). Once you go around the circle, you run with your partner hand in hand (yes, the boys had to do this too!) . One you get to the top of the mountain, you play these team games , once you complete the games, you run back down the mountain with your partner hand in hand. And do the same 2.2 mile course again, run up the mountain, and play the game……repeat this four times.

Afterwards, the winners won bragging rights. Then we had one of our team honorees Doug share his story of the struggles and challenges that he has faced since being diagnosed with Indolent BCell Lymphocytic Lymphoma, stage 4, with 20% bone marrow contamination. Aside from all the fun that we are having, hearing their stories and meeting with the honorrees continuously reminds us the main reason why we are fundraising and training. To help find a cure.


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