Checking In

Hello out there. It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in. My apologies for not posting some kind of a Thanksgiving greeting but I hope yours was just as wonderful as ours was. We stayed local and remained pretty low key but thoroughly enjoyed our time and everyone is doing very well. I have a few things to update you all on…

On my health front…I am still on a high (but gradually reducing) dose of steroids to tame my enlarged lymph nodes and related swallowing problems but I’m happy to report that the treatments are working well. Steroids are not a long term solution however so now begins the delicate slow dance of tapering me off at just the right rate and making the decision on whether to remain on any dose at all just for maintenance purposes. I see my doc again on Friday and my hunch is that we will reduce the current daily dose to 20 MGs and remain there for a couple of weeks before deciding. More to come, stay tuned.

I can’t believe the next Team in Training triathlon season is just weeks away from kicking off. We will hold some informal fun runs in December and then officially start in January. This team will be training for the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in Florida in late April. A GREAT, GREAT race. Don’t hesitate to reach out if anyone has any interest.

My own 2018 racing calendar is starting to take shape. Some of the events that I have confirmed or penciled in thus far are as follows:

  • Big Climb Philly
  • Escape the Cape Triathlon
  • TRI AC – Atlantic City Triathlon
  • Tri the Wildwoods – Wildwood Triathlon
  • Ironman Lake Placid 70.3
  • Creek to River Relay
  • NYC Marathon
  • Philly Half Marathon

This is a partial list and there are still a few holes to fill but this is a good start. I’m also looking to add a 50k to the mix which will likely be The Dirty German in May in Philly. And I have some volunteering to sign up for but I should have everything finalized shortly.

I’ve added another new partner to the corral as I will be serving as a Brand Ambassador for AMO Advanced Multisport Optics representing their awesome line of performance sunglasses. AMO joins Heart Zones Inc, Pacific Health Labs, and DelMoSPorts in the Brand Ambassador department. More to come there!

And lastly, I wanted to let folks know that I’m sitting for another coaching certification in February. This is the RRCA Coaching Certification held by the Road Runners Club of America and is a comprehensive certification covering all aspects of run coaching. Luckily they are coming to my home town this year so I won’t even need to travel and this is one that I’ve always wanted to have.

That’s about it for the moment! Happy Holidays and we’ll talk soon!

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