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Training, Inspiration, A Cause, A Difference

Training, Inspiration, A Cause, A Difference

Several months ago, I took on a challenge that I would have never dreamed of completing. Not one, but two triathlons: The South Maui Olympic Distance Triathlon and the San Diego International Triathlon. Having signed up with TEAM in Training (TNT), I had a truly exceptional group of people to train with and get to know throughout the 5 month preparation for our races. Not only did I get whipped into great shape, I learned so much about life, and became a changed person along the way. One of the most amazing parts of TNT is that we strive to complete our races on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help fight cancer. I spread the word with letters, social media and fundraising events. The response was astounding! Each day I literally became teary eyed as I observed the dollars being so generously donated, not just by my family and close friends; but by classmates I hadn’t seen in over a decade, complete strangers who were moved by the cause, or who battled cancer themselves. I learned about people’s stories of survival and devastating loss. I was told that my participation inspired others to sign up for a race with a cause too!  I was thanked for what I was doing, and I was praised for the commitment it required. It all boggled my mind and I was simply amazed with people. The heart, the selflessness, and the drive impressed me and forever made an impression on my soul!  All my life I’ve said, “I want to make a difference.” This time, I am so proud to be a part of helping make one! Every time, a hill seemed too steep, or a swim seemed too long, I remembered for who and why we were doing this triathlon training. I’m happy to report that my entire team finished the races successfully, and have built priceless friendships along the way. As a team, we raised over $205,000 to fight cancer.  I may have learned about “warm fuzzies” in grade school, however I’ve found the true meaning of them in my thirties.

AUTHOR: Kelly Miyahara

AUTHOR:  Kelly Miyahara

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