Last weekend I drove over into Berkeley Springs, WV for the 2013 Team Inspiration summit.
Team Inspiration is a charity run by my friend Roseann Dougherty to help those affected by cancer to increase their quality of life through fitness and exercise programs. This year I’ll be pioneering the social media side of things (please follow at @TIWarriors as well as organizing a new project, the Warrior Kids program. If you’ve heard of Girls on the Run, it will be like that, except triathlon and both genders and to fight cancer. If that makes sense.
Roseann is one of those people that has a huge heart and knows how to wring everything she can out of every 24 hours. You can read her story here, but the short version is that one of her triathlete friends was diagnosed with aggressive cancer 12 years ago, which inspired Roseann to become an oncology nurse and start Team Inspiration. She’s pretty incredible and I’m lucky to know her.
It was a fantastic weekend getting to know everyone. I made a new friend (who is actually my age! and shares my irrational fear of serial killers) and got closer with some old ones. We spent Saturday planning (okay… and eating…) and then Sunday morning we started the day off right with a trail run! Up a mountain!
It was super tough… It’s a week later and my glutes are still harboring a fairly intense grudge against me. But there were gorgeous views so the climb was totally worth it.
You can bet the whole time we were out running we were thinking about the breakfast waiting for us back at home. And we were rewarded. I think I could smell the soy chorizo from the bottom of the hill our place was on! TI volunteer and Mid-Maryland tent captain extraordinaire Dawn was good enough to make us fritatta, pancakes (with chocolate chips, obviously), soy chorizo for me and bacon for non-veggies, and a delicious fruit salad. Does life get better than this?
Really looking forward to volunteering this year. I’ve already met so many great people and I can only imagine that will continue throughout the year! I’ll keep you guys updated on my adventures into childrens triathlon and fighting cancer :)