First of all, let me thank those of you who have already generously contributed to the cause. There are not enough words to express my gratitude! Your dollars will help the American Cancer Society continue its research and provide valuable services to patients. My family and I understand firsthand how valuable these services are. You're making it possible for me to take my trip to Mardi Gras with my Uncle Bill for the benefit of the ACS.

Second, if you or someone you know has been affected by cancer, I would be HONORED to wear the name of you or your loved one on my shirt at the race! Please let me know if you would like me to memorialize or celebrate you/them.

Finally, training for the marathon OFFICIALLY begins in two weeks. I am currently going through my triathlon taper. A taper, as some of you know, is when your training cycle ends and a race approaches . . . subsequently, your training volume is reduced.I AM GOING CRAZY!!! Going from training 6-10 hours a week to only a few days for shorter distances is a true mental challenge.

It is hard not to succumb to the beast I call TAPER MADNESS . . . the irrational fear that I'm getting fat and out of shape, and at the same time it can be easy to let 2 or 3 rest days snowball into 5 or 6.  As my last triathlon of 2010 is next weekend, my focus will be shifting strictly to marathon training . . . with the occasional bike ride, swim, weight session or yoga class.

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