Monday, April 11, 2011

A melancholy weekend

Back in December, when I was planning my 2011 race season, I registered for Whiskey 50 and 12 Hours of Mesa Verde with the intention of peaking in late April/early May for these two races. I was especially looking forward to Mesa Verde May 7th. The course is wicked fun and a large SLC contingent heads to Colorado contributing to the 'party' atmosphere. Shannon and I were to race as a Duo relay team for 12 hours. We did this race in 2009 and finished 2nd and the plan was to improve upon that finish this year.

Well, I have now sold our registration to this race and instead Shannon and I will be participating in the Salt Lake City Susan G. Komen 5k Race For a Cure that same weekend. This is a bit melancholy for us, however I am truly honored, if not a bit embarrassed, that some of my incredibly supportive co-workers have started a team in my honor. The team name is Jen's Jug-ernauts. As one of my co-workers pointed out, Juggernaut is a term used in the English language to describe a literal or metaphorical force regarded as unstoppable. It is often applied to a large machine, or collectively to a team or group of people working together, or even a growing political movement led by a charismatic leader-and it often bears an association with

being crushingly destructive. This name choice is incredibly flattering plus it has 'Jug' in it which adds to the appeal:)

Admittedly, I am fearful to be around so many women who are and may look sick, especially when I continue to feel pretty darn good. I like to deny anything is wrong with me at all. However, each one of these women is a survivor which should serve as incredible inspiration plus the Susan G. Komen foundation is an incredible resource for people with breast cancer and I want to show my support. Their website was my first resource when I was diagnosed in January.

If you would like to participate in the walk or donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation in honor of our team, follow this link:

On a positive note, I just finished my first ride outdoors in over two weeks. I may have gone easy, but I felt so ALIVE!


  1. You are surviving too!

    Hooray for riding outdoors as well :)

  2. I am proud of you because you are not just a are a "THRIVER"....You inspire me Jen~ so glad you got outside to ride your bike.

  3. I am a fellow sister survivor. The great thing about Race for the Cure, is that it is truly inspiring. Hang in there, and know that we are all pulling and praying for you.