331 days: Catching up on loose ends

Quick recap: I have a plan to raise $10,000 for some awesome organizations by Sept. 22, 2013. One month in and so far we are on track. Raised so far: $925.

I am more than proud to announce that the most-viewed post on this blog is one I did not write. Bookmark it, as you are bound to be inspired by Suzanne’s awesome story and will want to revisit it in the future when you need a little extra boost. I have!

The first month of posts and discussion on the Tri-ing for a Challenge blog have been diverse. We’ve had:

All of that in one month. Yep, that is a lot to digest, huh?!

I was recently asked, “What’s the point of your blog? Who is your target audience?”

Both are fair questions. And the simple answer is this:

1) Simple answer to “What’s the Point?”: The point, at its very basic core, is to raise $10,000 for some awesome charities.

More complex answer: But since writing every single day about these causes would get mind-numbing, the secondary goal of this blog is to occasionally strike a motivational chord. I hope some of you get motivated by the stories of athletic prowess/failure/struggles. I hope some of you get motivated to deal with random things in your lives, be it managing workplace stress, setting and accomplishing goals, or just dealing with $#*&.

And, yes, I will even occasionally use this blog as a soap box or to tell stories I find entertaining and amusing. BUT, at the end of the day and after the occasional straying away from the topic, NEVER lose sight of the real purpose: to raise $10,000 for 4 great causes.

2) Simple answer to “Who’s your target audience?”: The target audience is more difficult to pin down in one word or sentence. But I’ll try, and here goes: EVERYONE.

More complex answer: Hopefully, some of you are reading this blog to keep tabs on the fund raising opportunities. Some of you will read this blog because you find certain posts motivating or entertaining. Some of you read this blog because you are my friend/family/friend-of-a-friend and feel obliged to do so. Some of you might be hoping to get some insights into the training grind toward running an Ironman, or any of the races I’ll be doing in between. And to all of these reasons and related audience members (and so many more!) I say, “Yes.” I hope you find some of these posts/stories useful and entertaining; and if you do, please share them with your friends and family.

I also realize that there are some days that a post doesn’t necessarily strike a chord with you… and I am OK with that… but please come back the next day, as you never know what might happen then.

AND, of course, DO NOT FORGET what this is all ultimately about: raising awareness and $10,000 for 4 great causes. Next week we’ll get back to that…

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