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Since my last post on July 16th, I have literally and figuratively hit the ground running.  Physically I am feeling stronger and stronger every day.  For all of this I am truly grateful.

As I reflect on the summer of 2012, I feel as though I’ve been given a gift.  The discovery that I, at one point, had cancer shook my world. I felt as though my life could have changed forever.  Instead of making a u-turn and early exit (that’s morbid) or taking a different route and having a prolonged battle with chemotherapy and all that entails (whatever driving metaphor works for you), I feel as though I only hit a speed bump.  I slowed down, did what I needed to do and continued forward on the road of life.  I know that sounds so simple, but in hindsight, it’s how I see it.

With Janice at the FINISH line!

Instead of focusing on where I’m going, I have tried to take in the sights.  Focus on each day. Enjoy the view.

On August 5th, 33 days after my surgery, I completed a sprint distance triathlon in Niantic, CT.

Even though I’ve been doing triathlons since 1995, this one felt like the first!  I crossed the finish line with a huge smile on my face and a huge sigh of relief.

I now know that there will be many starting lines in my future.  And instead of only focusing on crossing the finish, I plan to enjoy the race!