Yesterday, I watched live feed of the Ironman Lake Placid finish line. It gave me goosebumps to watch "ordinary" people finish an extraordinary event. One finisher, Kelley, is a friend who battled breast cancer this year. It was inspirational to see her cross the finish line with a smile from ear to ear. She and I raced our first Ironman together in Lake Placid in 2010. I still remember seeing her in high spirits out on the run course - quite the opposite of how I was feeling. Man, she has endless energy!
Recently, I came across an extraordinary adventure of a different kind: Arctic Row.
Paul Ridley, one of Arctic Row's rowers, and I graduated from Binghamton High School together. In 2009, I followed his Row for Hope that involved crossing the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for cancer research. This time, he's not rowing solo and he'll be in a much chillier climate. Check out the Arctic Row website www.arcticrow.com for more info!