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Big News for 2022 Race Season

  You've got to seize the opportunity if it is presented to you. - Clive Davis I am at it again!  I have been selected to represent the Ironman Foundation at the 2022 Ironman 70.3 World Championships to be held in St. George, Utah!  PINCH ME!  I am racing World Championships!!   What an honor to be selected!!  This selection comes with a BIG challenge!  Not only will I train for and race on this difficult course, but I have also been challenged to raise $15,000 for the Ironman Foundation before the race.    The opportunity was presented...  Those of you that really know me are not surprised that I have decided to seize it !! For the next 11 months, I will use this blog to keep you all posted on opportunities for you to help me reach my $15,000 fundraising minimum.  I will have raffles and events and shopping opportunities!  I will be looking for sponsors ( email me if your company would like to sponsor me - all donations are tax-deductible!)  Of course, you can donate directly t
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Giving Tuesday = Match Day!

  Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known as Giving Tuesday.  Whether it is donating money to a charitable cause or volunteering, Giving Tuesday is a day set to benefit the community. This Giving Tuesday is also my first Match Day for my fundraising efforts for the Ironman Foundation .  As I work towards raising a total $15,000 to be used as grants for non-profit organizations through the foundation, I will be matching donations made on Tuesday, November 30th*!   Donate Here:   https://ironmanfoundation.donordrive.com/participant/Erin-Byrge Let's have a little fun by choosing your favorite race type. Let your donation amount be your vote: Donate an amount ending in 0 for triathlon Donate an amount ending in 2 for running Donate an amount ending in 5 for cycling Donate an amount ending in 7 for other types of race (swim, spartan, etc) and put your race type in the comments. Donate an amount ending in 9 if cheering for others is your favorite! I hope to be hosting

Race Report: IM World Championships (Kona, HI)

Wow, where to start? I could go back to the first time I watched IM World Championships on NBC.  I think I was 15 or 16, I hated running - I would never do that. I could go back to when I first started triathlon in 2012, when I thought crossing the finish lines of sprint and olympic distance races was "enough" and thought I would never be able to do an Ironman. I could go back to October of 2015, when I watched every second of the IM World Championship being streamed on my computer.  Having completed IM Lake Placid that summer, I knew I would never be fast enough to qualify, but I still dreamed - maybe someday, when I am 70! I could go back to May, when Women For Tri  asked for applicants to represent them at Ironman World Championships.  The recipient of the spot would have to raise $25,000 for grants and scholarships that are used to promote female participation in the sport.  I thought I had an inspiring story, and I 100% support the effort to help other women f

Race Report: USAT Age Group Olympic Nationals

As soon as it was announced that the 2016 USAT National Championships would be in Omaha, NE - I booked a hotel.  It was sometime in July, and you could not even qualify for the event yet, but I knew that would be my goal!  The very first race that I could qualify at, I did!  I qualified at three different races :-) The original plan was to focus on the olympic distance this year.  I was to work on my speed, especially on the run, and earn that Team USA Tri Kit.  That was my big goal after all.  I took the steps necessary.  I booked my race schedule with plenty of olympic races with a few sprint races to really push the speed.  I started going to speed sessions with Hanson's Running Group and started seeing a trainer to increase my strength.  Then I got the amazing news that I was picked to go to Kona and represent Women for Tri...  my training changed drastically. I knew my  mindset needed to change, too.  I still planned to go to USATAGNC, but this year was to be about recon.

#wcw #whywetri style: Meet Laura

For this week's #wcw #whywetri style, I would like to introduce you to my first "Trifriend": Laura Laura and I in 2014 If you are part of a the triathlon community, you know what a trifriend is.  These are the people that you only know because of triathlon, but you feel like you have know them your whole life.  Laura and I were both sponsored by the same company in 2014 and I have been so thankful for that ever since.  We have done roughly a million races together.  We laugh because even when we are both at a race unplanned, we always seem to find each other. Laura is so encouraging, motivating, and caring.  She personifies one of my favorite things about triathlon - the warm, caring, and encouraging environment.  I am so pleased to share her triathlon story, in her words: 1. When was your first tri (or when will it be), and what made you sign up? Big Fish, June 2012 a good friend had encouraged myself and another good friend to sign up. It took one sprint tr

#wcw #whywetri style: Meet Denise

I am traveling this week, with my #wcw for this week.  There are few people in this world that motivate me consistently they way that my best friend does.  So, for my #wcw #whywetri style this week, I would like to introduce you to my best friend, Denise: It is hard for me to put into words what it is about Denise that is so motivating, but I will try. Neither of us were runners when we met.  Neither of us were runners for the first 15 years of our friendship.  Even before we were runners/athletes, she motivated me to be the best me I could be.  Denise has worked hard for everything she has and has had significant hurdles along the way.  She lost both of her parents, in a very close family, way too young.  It would have been so easy to give in to the sad and just go through the motions of life.  Denise knew her parents want more for her.  She made a promise to her Dad that she would keep fighting cancer even after he couldn't anymore.  So she has... she has continued that fi

Race Report: Caseville 70.3

On the Saturday before race day, I hung out by the course map and sold raffle tickets for a "Coveted Transition Spot" for my fundraising.  I got to talk to lots of athletes about the course and about Women for Tri :-)  It was a gorgeous afternoon and helped me get excited for the race on Sunday I stayed at an Ameriway Inn and Suites in Bad Axe, MI.  They were so nice from the second I checked in to the early morning breakfast they set up for the triathletes that were staying there.  To make it even better, there was a big boy right in the parking lot for my pancake dinner ;-)  I will be staying there again for future Caseville Races!! I got to transition way too early, as usual, and got myself set up.  The water was a little choppier than I had hoped, but not terrible.  It was nice to have extra time to visit with teammates and start to get "race ready."  I was not in my normal "racing" mindset though.  This race was originally planned  as a redemp