Now that the 2011 season has come to a close, it is the time of year to visit with friends and family, enjoy the Holiday Season and get ready to plan for the 2012 year. As Thanksgiving Day just passed, I realize I have so much to be thankful for; including my health, family, friends and happiness. Watching my nieces and nephews grow so quickly before my eyes is another reminder of how quickly life can pass you by if you don’t stop and smell the roses once and awhile.
This Thanksgiving was spent in Minnesota and Christmas will be spent in Missouri. In December I will begin to start my official training for the 2012 season, but will also remember to live every moment and enjoy the process. With such a big year approaching and Olympic Trials in May, it’s easy to get wrapped into tunnel vision so early in the season, but I want to make sure to enjoy the holidays, enjoy time with family and be sure to give each moment in training and life 100%.
The holiday time is also the time to give back. I want to give back to others, including my personal charities that I support; Train for Autism, Jenny’s Light and the Alzheimer’s Foundation. For every mile that I swim, bike and run the month of December I am going to donate one dollar, split evenly between my three charities. I will post updates on my Sarah Haskins Triathlete FB page and @sarahhaskinstri twitter and will post updates on my progress. Getting the miles in this time of year can be tough with cold temperatures and the need for trainer rides. It will be an added bonus for me knowing that every mile I cover in water or land will be contributing towards helping others. I invite others to join me on my December quest and help me donate to the charities I support. Top three mileage recorders will l receive a gift package from my personal sponsors; including, TYR, Fuji, Mission AthleteCare, First Endurance, Rudy Project, ISM Adamo, and Zipp. Of course, any donation amount is appreciated! We are all on the honor’s system! Let’s get moving! True joy is in giving rather than in receiving.
- To take part you have to donate one dollar for every mile you complete during the month of December to be eligible for the prizes. However, any donation amount is greatly appreciated and welcomed.
- All milage must be recorded and shared daily to “Sarah Haskins Triathlete Face Book Fan Page”.
- Every Sunday there will be a Spread sheet with milage from participants for standings on www.sarahhaskins.com it will be twittered and FaceBooked also.
- All checks are made out to the charity organizations of your choice or any combination of the three (Jenny’s Light, Train for Autism, and Alzheimer’s Foundation of America) and are mailed to Sarah Haskins at 133 Riggings Way, Clermont, FL 34711.
- The top three individuals with the highest miles for the month of December will win a sponsor prize package.
- Miles will begin at 12:01AM on December 1st and end 11:59PM on December 31st.
- Official results will be announced on January 15th, 2012. Preliminary winners will be announced on January 2nd.
- To guarantee eligibility for prizes, checks for the charity donation must be post marked by January 5th.
The 2011 season is coming to a close. I started my racing season way back in March with a sprint race and it’s hard to believe summer is now changing into fall. I am looking forward to finishing off my season strong with three races over the next four weekends.
The past few weeks, I have enjoyed the time training and not traveling! With a busy October ahead, I knew I needed a little stability in September to finish the season off.
This upcoming Sunday is my fifith and final race in the Race to the Toyota Cup Series. I have had a blast every Series race so far this year and also gotten to watch my family race in a few of the races. My Dad and brother will be racing in the Toyota US Open (Dad’s first Olympic distance). I know we all will be giving it our all out there (along with all the other competitors).
I can’t not think about how different I am feeling from one year ago. Last year I was in attendance at the US Open, cheering and hanging out at the Toyota booth, but I was injured with a calf tear. The injury occurred in the middle of September, and I was hoping that after a couple weeks off, I would be able to finish out the series. No such luck, it was an eight week injury off running. I got to see the race from a different perspective; cheering from the sidelines. The hardest part was watching the awards ceremony, watching alone among the crowd and shedding some tears. It hurt knowing my heart and mind wanted to be there, but my body would not allow. As any athlete can tell you, an injury is tough, more mentally than physically, but it also makes you appreciate all the moments when your body is healthy and ready to compete. Those tears I shed through my past injuries reaffirm that we are not invincible. Overcoming those tough times and getting back to form is the biggest testament of an athlete. I am so thankful my body has been injury free this year and I am ready to step up to the start line going to defend my 2009 title. I know that I can’t take any win or race for granted and however the upcoming outcome; I will be proud knowing I gave my best effort and thankful my body is allowing me to race this time around.
After Dallas, I will be staying in Texas for a few days before heading to my second World Cup of the year in Huatulco, Mexico. This race is TOUGH! Not to mention a 20% grade hill 8x, but topple that with 100 degree heat index. I am looking forward to seeing the Ocean, but will have to remember my sunblock! I competed several years ago and had a tough time gripping my bars on the bike because of the high humidity, so I am going to try some Mission Ultra Grip pre-race to curb that problem.
After Mexico, it’s back home for a week before I head back to Mexico for Pan American Games. I am excited to represent USA and hope to be back on the podium again (Silver in 2007). I am grateful for this opportunity and better brush up on my Espanol with my two trips to Mexico in October.
Best Wishes to all and the end of your season! And to those already in your off-season…ENJOY!
Sarah, Mike & Verne
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