Hi, All--well, after the blogathon, I've fallen off the wagon, but July is an incredible and incredibly busy month for me...The big event is my Hudson River swim as part of a relay team participating in the Nautica NYC Triathlon--we are raising money for Amyloidosis research in memory of Paul Hawthorne, my cousin's husband, who I blogged about here.
Some of you have donated to the cause, and in case I've missed thanking you, here's my open letter to all. I will take up blogging and cooking next week!
I hope to thank each one of you individually, but as I get ready to head to NYC this afternoon, I did want to take the time to pass this on in this group email--your generous gifts have put me up and over my goal for the race. Thank you so much for taking the time to click on the donation link--in some cases I know it was confusing (how to link my name to Paul's, etc.), so thank you for persevering.
I get into the Hudson at 6.14 a.m. --think of me in your dreams. I may have a cheering delegation in the form of my friend Kumiko, a friend from my time at Florida Table. She's moved to NYC and has a little apartment quite close to the start of the race, so sleeping there Sat. night is an enormous help. (I am just not certain she'll get up so early to see me swim.)
I will be done with my leg by 7 a.m. and my teammate Dakila has offered to have a cold beer waiting for me before he gets on his bike to speed off to his 30 miles (30k? I can't remember) of the relay. His wife, Elke, will finish the race with a 10k run. Better her than me, that is all I have to say about that.
Pre-race, Amy's parents are hosting a party at Da Andrea (carbo load? I may be too nervous to eat). Post race we will be celebrating at Blondies, where the race organizers are hosting the teams that raced for charity ("race" being a rather nebulous term in our case). there is the Jamaica underwear run, but please. It's enough to ask me to be in NYC in a wetsuit. Nobody would benefit from me racing in my undies in Central Park. Nobody.
So thank you all so much for this--Every little bit has helped. Again, you have all been enormously generous. The comment below comes from the doctor who treated Paul; this was part of a recent press release. Thought you would like to read it: