It Takes a Village

It takes a village…to keep up with Beth

Or at least a village makes it a lot more fun!

This past spring I received a phone call from my friend Beth Bluestein. She had gotten in to Kona via the lottery!  She was one of the lucky few! Hooray! After the celebration and excitement, it was time to settle in to the work for her.

And soon our friend Karen Lee was in motion. There would be training rides, runs, swims, training events, and in general a cheering section. And Karen Lee leads the brigade.

So, each week the tenacious Karen Lees sends out an email announcing the ride (one week was a weekend off and no email went out. People got worried!)

So many friends have answered Karen’s call: Monika, Regina, Jim, Amy, David, Lauren, Cameron, Jennifer….and more that I am sure I am missing. They ride with, or if are training for their own event, do their ride and join with Beth when they can.

Carlos and I have joined twice for a ride. Carlos joins Beth and friends while I go out, do my ride, and then, if possible, I have gotten to join in and ride with Beth for the last 10-25 miles of her ride.

Runs are different. Beth starts her run, and friends with shorter runs join in and finish up with her, and enjoying a cup of coffee or other refreshment from Starbucks afterward.

Some may think all of us are a little crazy, but really…it’s about the friendship, memories, laughs and journey. Watching Beth (in the internet for most of us, live for a few) cross the finish line will be the toast of the training season.

And through it all Beth if fundraising. She is fundraising for a cure for blood cancers through Team in Training (TNT). She is not on a TNT team, but she does have the support of her TNT alumni.

Like any lottery winner, Beth is sharing her luck by using it as a platform and reason to fund raise to help give other people hope for a cure. She gets to do what she loves, and in turn, is using it to help others have a chance to do live a full life and do what they love. It’s a beautiful circle.

Beth didn’t have to decide to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) – she has already done so with many other events. But she knew that had it not been for TNT, she would have not been there. And so she is, in her ever considerate and giving way, giving back. If you are still reading this, consider supporting Beth in her fundraising by donating to her campaign. Even $5 goes a long way, and all proceeds benefit LLS. Her site is: www.blue4purple.com. As always, LLS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible. And while you are deciding on how much to donate to Beth’s campaign…..let me fill you in with a few details about her training.

So while you are considering just how much to donate to Beth’s campaign (you can donate here: www.blue4purple.com) for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, enjoy a few pictures from a couple of training dates. It takes a village to keep up with Beth Blue….and I am not sure any of us would have it any other way!

Monika, Beth and Karen in an early season ride
Monika, Beth and Karen in an early season ride
Terrific SAG...just hope no one needs a ride in!
Terrific SAG…just hope no one needs a ride in!
One way to be sure Beth keeps riding - too many people helping out with SAG!
One way to be sure Beth keeps riding – too many people helping out with SAG!
Pre-ride - Silk Sheets
Pre-ride – Silk Sheets
Beth, Cameron, Jennifer, Karen, and Monika on a ride at Peachtree city
Beth, Cameron, Jennifer, Karen, and Monika on a ride at Peachtree city
Lauren, Karen, Regina and Beth on a run
Lauren, Karen, Regina and Beth on a run
Beth, Regina, me and Carlos post Beth's 115 mile ride. We all rode various portions with her
Beth, Regina, me and Carlos post Beth’s 115 mile ride. We all rode various portions with her

Of course, it isn’t all spandex and sweat. There are some dressy times too!

Like when Beth was inducted in to the Georgia TNT Chapter Alumni Hall of Fame. Or a casual dinner with friends.

One fantastic thing about ironman: with Ironman, ANYTHING is possible. And it is that journey that makes all possible. So glad to be sharing Beth’s journey with her. And SO grateful for a fabulous group of friends that are excited to share her journey. And really…it takes a village to keep up with her!

Beth inducted in to the TNT GA Chapter Alumni Hall of Fame for the work she has done for TNT
Beth inducted in to the TNT GA Chapter Alumni Hall of Fame for the work she has done for TNT
Beth and Monika at dinner
Beth and Monika at dinner
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