I love nothing more than being a dad, my kids mean the world to me and I would do anything and everything for them. I am most happy when we are doing something together, working on pinewood derby cars, riding bikes to school, playing in the pool, or going out for a walk. The last two weeks we have spent a different kind of time together, we have all been sick. UGH!
I am a man, so generally I am no good at being sick, I become wimpy, a bit whiney, and complain about everything. I am not proud of it, but its what I do. This time it was even worse because I was smack dab in the middle of some base training and doing really well with consistency. I could see gains in my fitness, my swimming felt like it was coming together and I was feeling confident in my long runs. Then Jack got sick. DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN.
In case you may have missed it, I am a member of More Than Sport. What is More Than Sport, you ask? We’ll I will gladly tell you… It is an organization dedicated to encouraging athletes to give back and participate in sport for a greater good than themselves. I am dedicating this race season to raising money for Hope To Give and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Over the past three years, the Hope To Give team has been working hard to help the hospital purchase a portable Ultrasound Machine for the Rheumatology Department. This would give doctors the ability to provide those tiny patients, that we all love so much, immediate care and information resulting in a more accurate diagnosis and better treatment. If you would like to make a donation of any size you can do so here at my fundraising page.
I understand that my goal to raise $10,000 is lofty. I also understand that money is tight with everyone so I have to be realistic. That being said, and I am going to be brutally honest here, my fundraising has been dismal at best. I have had limited interest from those I have contacted so I am trying to sweeten the pot, so to speak. I am going to offer you some incentives for donating your hard earned dollars.
For me there are only two seasons in a given year. There is race season and hockey season. So with the weather changing and the leaves falling it means its time to trade in the lycra and the bike, and step in to my skates and on to the ice. In my opinion there is no greater sport than hockey. It tests your endurance, your mental and physical toughness, forms bonds of friendship. It’s fast paced, and action packed. There is the thrill of the goal, the tension of a big save. Hockey is a complete experience every time. There is a classic line in the movie “The Cutting Edge” when Douglas Dorsey talks about how he loves the smell of the ice and anyone that has ever played hockey can instantly relate to it, and totally understands. For me there is something magical about the ice rink, the cool crisp air, the smell of the zamboni, the overall atmosphere is one big happy memory. On top of that, for the past 2 seasons I have been able to skate with my little brother and in both of those years we have won the Championship. It’s safe to say that I love the game.
If you know anything about me, then you know that I tend to push the envelope from time to time. I love to test my limits to see how far I can go and what I can accomplish while hopefully inspiring a few people along the way to do the same. In 2009 this desire to do more, coupled with the fact that I felt tremendously blessed in my life, led to the birth of our charity Hope To Give, as a way for us to raise raise money and awareness for those organizations that specialize in the treatment of children. To date with the help of many generous people we have raised over $40,000.00 through our various activities including races, golf outings, and other events. Our most recent event supported our friends at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
My dad taught me at an early age to always help those in need. He’s an amazing man and one of the most generous people that I know, I can only hope that I am a reflection of his teachings. So 3 years ago when I saw a tweet from professional triathlete Chris Lieto looking for assistance with his charity More Than Sport I jumped on the opportunity to help out. More Than Sport was created by Chris as away for athletes to invest in, and give back to the communities that they live, work and play in. To date More Than Sport has raised over $1 Million towards improving the lives of people around the world. I am extremely proud to be a part of this organization and to help out in any and every way that I can.
This year I have been invited by the More Than Sport team to race with them at the Lavaman Waikoloa Olympic Distance Triathlon. I am really excited for this opportunity to race in such an incredibly amazing location. However in order to make this dream possible I need your help. I will not go simply to race and participate. I see this as a chance for me to DO MORE and give to those that need it most. That being said, I have set a goal for myself to raise $6,000.00 for Hope To Give and the kids that we support, and I ask humbly that you consider helping me reach that goal.
In return for your support I am happy to promote your business on this blog and the Hope To Give site. Really I will pretty much do anything you like… within reason…
If you are interested in helping me reach my goal, you can make a donation at hopetogive.org. In the meantime you can follow my progress and training here on the site.
Thanks for your consideration. Together we can DO MORE.
This past season I entered into a new race distance, that of the 70.3. As many people know I have goal to complete my first full distance for my 40th birthday, so this distance is just another mountain to climb along the way. When looking for a race of this distance I knew that I wanted something that would also be fun for my family, triathlon is a very selfish sport and I realize that so I wanted something for the wife and kiddies as well. Rev3 is know for their family friendly events, the fact that this race was at Cedar Point, the worlds best amusement park and the fact that it was an end of the season race kind of close to home sealed the deal.
Alright world, are you ready for more of the Healthy Dad? Well after a long lay off from writing and being busy with other things I have decided that I want to get back to it. Over the past 2 years since I have been gone from the site I have been training harder than ever and seeing great gains, going forward I plan to use this site as a way to share these successes and failures with you, as well as the usual food and gear talk. I hope that you find my posts motivating, fun, and inspirational. Thanks for your continued support and keep living your best life possible.
Life is and always will be a balancing act between many things. For me its running our business, spending time with the kids, training, being a good husband, and any number of other day to day activities. Something had to give, and so the blog had to take a break while we focused on the other aspects of our life. Now we are back and ready to hopefully help motivate and inspire.
Over the past few months so many of my friends and family have started pushing themselves to live a healthier life style. They are shedding pounds, feeling better, loving life more than ever and doing fantastic. I am so proud of all of you for your hard work, dedication and accomplishments. Keep up the good work.
I am very excited for this coming year. Here are a few goals I have set for myself.
• Shave 10 minutes off of my Galena Triathlon time. Finish around 1:46:00
• Finish in the top 50 of the Lake In The Hills Sprint Triathlon. Finish around 1:33:00
• Finish in the top 100 of the Lake Zurich Olympic Triathlon. Finish around 2:40:00
• Run in my first marathon. Finish around 4:00:00
What are you going to do this year?