Tuesday, September 05, 2006

"Friends should be preferred to kings." --Voltaire

I'm running around crazy here, trying to get everything packed, done, and ready for me to leave school for 3 days and attempt the biggest physical challenge of my life.

So I will be leaving you now, and will return next week...with lots of stories, no matter what happens. It's all about the journey and the adventure in my book.

I'm amazed again at the generosity of friends and family, and of people that I've never even met, as my fundraising has reached almost $2,000. This is what my day is really all about.

Thanks to my friends and family for supporting me, and to those of you out there who give me encouragement in all different ways. I'm inspired by each and every one of you.

When I got home, I had a little package from one of my best buddies, Sammy. She, as usual, knew JUST what to say to me through the card she sent. The card has a picture of a little girl getting ready to dive off a pier into a lake, and the quote on the card was this:

"BE NOT THE SLAVE OF YOUR OWN PAST--PLUNGE INTO THE SUBLIME SEAS, DIVE DEEP, AND SWIM FAR, SO YOU SHALL COME BACK WITH SELF-RESPECT, WITH NEW POWER, WITH AN ADVANCED EXPERIENCE, THAT SHALL EXPLAIN AND OVERLOOK THE OLD."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

So, in a few days here, I'll dive in.

Thanks for being with me.

66 comments:

Pharmie said...

I'll be diving in with you sista! See you out at moo.

Batman said...

You can do this! I look forward to the results.

Chris said...

Have a safe trip! See you on Friday. :)

rice said...

This is what it comes down to. All the hard training, early mornings, late nights, sore muscles and all the pain that it took to get to this point. Looking/reading back every thing that you have gone through you are already a winner and this race is your reward.

Best of luck

Rice.

tri-mama said...

#2198-we'll be watching for you. Best wishes for a fun and adventuresome day, you've worked so hard for it-now go bring it home!

Wil said...

Holding your hand hermana...

teacherwoman said...

Oh, love Emerson! Good luck! I will be thinking about your adventure!

JohnnyTri said...

I'm so excited for you all. Have a great time and enjoy it. Trust yourself. You can do it!
Rockon`

Wes said...

We'll be with you, Sara! Safe journey...

21st Century Mom said...

You GO Girl! We'll be cheering you on!

RunBubbaRun said...

I will see you out there. have a safe trip. time to start enjoying the moment.

Lloyd said...

Good luck. Have fun!

Tri-John said...

Good luck...you're going to do great!

Papa Louie said...

Hang onto that card. The words are so inspirational! I am glad to have met you and followed your adventures of becoming and Ironman!

DaisyDuc said...

So excited for you!!! I will be cheering for ya from here!

Flatman said...

Have a great day. I'll be screaming at the top of my lungs when you cross that line (in my study, of course...)!

Cliff said...

Tri Sara Top..

have a great race...DIVE DEEP!!

BuckeyeRunner said...

Good luck out there, Sara! I will be cheering for you and supporting you back home. I know you can do this - I have followed your progress all year, and am so impressed with your accomplishments. You will do great. Safe travels, and best of luck to you.

Rae said...

GOOD LUCK!! You are going to do GREAT!!!!!!!!!

jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

Good luck!! I can't wait to read all about it.

Kick that Ironman's ASS!!

Hermano said...

The best advice I got CdA morning was from my 2 brothers, so I'll share it with you. One told me to remember that I'd only come here to do two things: drink some beer and kick some ass. The other told me to remember what my last name is.

Good luck, you'll do great!

christine said...

Go Sara Go.
Stay present, keep focused, enjoy the day ...you've worked damn hard for it!!

Kim said...

SAR - GOOD LUCK! I have goosebumps thinking about the big day. Go grab that Ironman by the gonads! :)

JeffM said...

Good luck and look forward to the recap!

Kate said...

Good luck! I can't wait to hear all about it. Wow.

E-Speed said...

perfect, have a great time in Madison!

Duane said...

Rock on Sara! We can hardly wait to read about your adventure!

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stronger said...

What a perfect quote for what Ironman delivers. Finish it.

Lana said...

GO SARA!!!

TryAthlete said...

Good luck Sara!

Jennifer P said...

The Lentil and I will be cheering you on!

neese said...

LOVE the Emerson quote, excellent. have the time of your life looking forward to the report!

BuckeyeRunner said...

This is your day - what you have been working toward so long. Best of luck to you. I will be following your journey today, and thinking of you.

Susan said...

Go get 'em Tri! You rock.

Mojo said...

You had an awesome swim, woman! I'm thinking about you right now while you are on your bike. We are all so proud of you!

DaisyDuc said...

Hoping the day is going smooth--thining about ya!

Mojo said...

Yay!! You are off the bike in 8 hours. I cannot imagine how much your crotch hurts, ouchie, ouchie. 8 hours in the saddle? Unbelievable!

You Tri-Sara-ROCKS!!! You go girl..

Cliff said...

TriSaraTop..

stay strong..i just check your update..u just finsh the bike and onto the run....

the weather i heard is aawful..u can do it :)

21st Century Mom said...

I've been watching your every move. You are doing great! I'm with Mojo on the owie - 8 hours in the saddle - yowch!

I hope the rain isn't making your run too unbearable. We're pulling for you!!!

E-Speed said...

Girl we have sat in rain for hours! I KNOW YOU GOT THIS! I am thinking of you so hard, I hope you get some of the energy I am sending! ROCK the run girl!!!

Running Rabbit said...

You will be awesome! Can't wait to hear all about it! :-)

Laurie said...

I've been checking your stats all day. Awesome job! We are behind you all the way. You are amazing and a real inspiration. I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back. Numbers don't tell the story and I want to hear yours!

Lana said...

You're almost there!!! You're awesome!!!

a.maria said...

following you on IM tracker.. .you're rocking it girl! keep it up, we're cheering for you!

mouse said...

been tracking you all day, Sara. I can't imagine what you're feeling right now, as you're probably running strongly into the last 10 miles of the 'thon (2:32 at the half? after everything else you've gone through? all I can say is... WOW). Keep it up, woman, you are absolutely amazing!

Robin said...

Good luck! We're routing for you! Go GIRL GO!

21st Century Mom said...

Smokin'!!! I can't believe you made the half in 2:32. We're not worthy!!! You are amazing. Looking forward to seeing your finishing time.

Laurie said...

YAY!!!! I just saw you cross the Ironman finish line Sara online! Congratulations!

Veeg said...

YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!!!!! Rock it, sister. You are INCREDIBLE. Great, great job!

Cliff said...

TRISARATOPS..u did it..GOOD JOB....

congrats......i can't wait to hear your reort..and your pics...

21st Century Mom said...

YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!

Can hardly wait to read your story!

Dante said...

Well DOne Sara, congatulations on you achievement.

Kate said...

YAY! Go Sara! Trisaratops- Ironman! I tracked you guys all day, and was so excited when I "saw" you kicking BUTT right at the end!

Batman said...

Way to go! You did it. Congratulations. What a monumental effort.

BuckeyeRunner said...

You're unbelievable. Congratulations ironwoman. Enjoy your rest and safe travels home.

Rae said...

Way to go Ironwoman!!! AMAZING JOB! I can't wait to hear all about it!!

Wes said...

Sara, it was a special treat for watching you cross the finish line last night. Well done, girlfriend, oh well done!

nancytoby said...

Well done indeed, IRON SARA!!! You did it! I didn't know your last name, so I couldn't look you up and I was desperate to hear about your finish!

CONGRATULATIONS IRON SARA!!

DaisyDuc said...

Woohoo Ironwoman...knew you could do it!

a.maria said...

*hollahhhhhhh*

whats up, IRON(wo)MAN!!!!

congrats congrats on a well fought race!! can't wait to hear all about it!

stronger said...

Awesome job Sara!! Many Congratulations!!

RogueMechanic said...

Congrats on your finish! Nice job sticking it out in "less than perfect" conditions!
-John
www.roguemechanic.com

RogueMechanic said...

Congrats on your finish! Way to stick it out in those conditions!

-John

E-Speed said...

WOOOHOO!!! IRONSARA! WAY TO GO!

Flatman said...

YOU ROCKED IT!
Congratulations!!!
Watched you all day yesteday (virtually). Can't wait to hear the gory details... :)