A new friend of mine is racing 10 triathlons this year to help raise money for her brothers amazing Youth Ranch. I did not grow up riding horses, and if you did then you probably already know the amazing power of these animals. She told me of amazing stories of childrens emotional breakthroughs and healing through working with horses and the ranch. If I knew horses, this ranch sounds like something I would LOVE to get involved with. After college I researched some of those youth, backpacking, wilderness therapy stuff...which the ranch sounded similar! My friend, was planning on racing her longest tri (a half) in Arizona, but the dam broke in the lake where the tri was going to take place. So, she needed to find another one to do. Needless to say, that over our coffee date she said she would pay for my entry fee if I help raise some funds for the ranch and help train and do the race with her! EASY!
So, I'm racing the Big Kahuna Half-Ironman in Santa Cruz, September 12. This is actually the same half I did in 2007, so I know the course (and have, of course, some goals). In 2007, I had not run more than 6 miles but I was a badass cyclist (better/faster than I am now). Time to get back in shape.....I have not been on my bike since IM CDA, and have probably totaled about 20 miles of running.
Here is my donation page....anything would help: http://www.firstgiving.com/lisawhiteflyingt