Goddess, please don’t read this one.


Well, I watch with jealousy as everyone starts populating their blogs/websites with triathlons that they’ve either registered for or plan to race in 2008.

There will be no triathlons for me in 2008.

Instead, I get an all-expense paid trip to Baghdad, Iraq during the tri-season. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to be a slug.

Fresh off the “joy” that was the Flying Monkey, I’m starting to ramp up for a 1/2 marathon right after the first of the year and a full marathon in February. After that remains anyone’s guess, since I’ll have only March and April here in the states before I go. And my goal is to be at the starting line for the 2008 Flying Monkey.

On January 5th will be the inaugural Mississippi Blues Marathon/Half Marathon. I’ll be doing the half-marathon and then some sightseeing around Jackson, MS. If anyone’s got any suggestions for sights, please let me know.

Then in February, I’ll be doing the 26.2 with Donna, a full-marathon in Jacksonville, FL. Unlike the Monkey, this one’s flat! Plus, the bonus is that I’ll be able to visit with family. A destination vacation and visit rolled into one. Gotta love it. Plus, my sister’s name is Donna, so how could I resist? I’ve egged her on enough that she’s started training to walk the 1/2 marathon. I’m proud of her, since she’s had many health issues and hasn’t been very active for quite a few years.  Plus, Goddess is planning on walking it with her for company and motivation.

Another great reason for me to run this race is that it’s a fundraiser to fight Breast Cancer, with the funds going to the Mayo Clinic and women living with breast cancer. It’s something near and dear to my heart, since my mother is a survivor. I look forward to hugging her after I cross that finish line.

If you are interested, please consider clicking over here and donating a few dollars. Your donation will go straight to the fund. Thank you!

Everyone, keep bragging about your races. I look forward to each and every countdown and race report.

16 thoughts on “2008”

  1. @Shelley,

    It definitely looks fun. Especially since it’ll likely be in the 20’s here. A bit of family, a bit of warmth, a bit of fast running. Definitely a good time.

  2. “Everyone, keep bragging about your races. I look forward to each and every countdown and race report.”

    As we do your Bill. Good luck!


  3. Just stopped by – your photos are AMAZING. wow.
    I’m sorry you are heading to Iraq – be careful. Both of my brother’s sons are there now – one should be getting home soon, hopefully. Thank you for serving. Will you blog from there?

  4. Thank you, Jenny.

    Don’t be sorry. It’s something that I signed up to do a long, long time ago. And it’s provided a good life for me and my family.

    I do plan on blogging while I’m there, as long as I can connect to the site. Otherwise, I may have to find a workaround. Either way, I’ll update.

  5. I am not sure what to say…I am not sure that I am reading between the lines correctly…are you going…like GOING to Iraq?

    I am already worried…(I am such a worrier)
    Take Care

  6. Here’s to a happy and safe new year! I can’t believe you’re going over. I look forward to reading your blog, so hopefully we’ll get updates.

    How long will you be in Iraq?

  7. Bill,

    I’ll be thinking about you while you’re out of the country. I wish you all the best. Enjoy the few races you have before you head over. And get ready for racing again once you return!


  8. About your later post

    Nice photo.

    I might not agree 100% with the principal of this war . . . but the thought that these people are putting themselves in harm’s way just to protect the rest of us, and that some of them don’t come home, certainly brings a lump to my throat.

    So please, do like they used to say at the start of Hill Street Blues, and be careful out there.

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