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Happy Kona Day!!

One of my favorite days of the year!!!
Best of luck to everyone out on the course and thanks to ALL volunteers!!

This is how I spend my Kona day, every year.


Well, every year except 2007...












Sometimes I go into the other room and hold my finisher medal, just to make sure it is real.
Thank goodness for blogger and facebook. I have so many "friends" to watch today!!!
I just watched Rudy (double amputee) get on his bike. I am now truly inspired as well as feeling like I should cherish every minute of every day rather than just looking forward to tomorrow. To everyone out there racing kona, watching Kona, hoping to do Kona or just hoping to get to the gym a few times next week...never be scared of reaching your goals and attempting your dreams. You'd be surprised what you can do when you let go of your fears and accept your true potential.

Happy Birthday Campy!

Campy's first picture

Around this time last year, we found Campy on Petfinder.com, a site devoted to rescued animals. It was late on a Tues evening and we wrote down a handful of 800-numbers to call on Wed about a possible new edition to our family. We came across a pic of a chihuahua with really long legs and a phone number which was not an 800 number. I called the number after I read the description: "Family fostering chihuahua mix, named Sparky. If interested, must call for a interview". When I called, I was told by Campy's foster mommy that this was one special dog and she was not going to give him to just anyone. After a detailed phone call and a 1+ hour trip to Amelia Island, I saw Sparky (CAMPY) and it was love at first sight. After I gave my donation for the rescue shelter in Amelia Island and signed the paperwork, I immediately called Karel to tell him about our new puppy. "I LOVE him already!!" It was actually Karel's idea to get Campy after I …

Gearlink

Karel and I decided to take a quick trip to New Port Richey, FL to visit my parents for a day. Yep, one day. We left Tues evening at 6pm and got back this morning at 9:30am. We miss them so much living in Jax. In addition to enjoying some time with my parents and Campy enjoying his 5 star resort, we were able to see the Gearlinkers.
A little while after Karel came to the US, Karel started working for Gearlink. Gearlink (which is no longer operating) was an online high-end cycling company. Although the majority of the business was online, the local Tampa bay riders and Gearlink cycling team members would come in the store for Karel to do his magic on their bikes.
Karel took some time off the bike when he came to the US and after a few rides with the Suncoast cycling group, Karel was introduced to the Gearlink cycling group/team.
To make a long story short, Karel and I met because of the Gearlink cycling team.
As I was training for IMFL, I was told from one of my training friends that …