So how is Itty Bitty Becca's Team doing? Quite well! In 2009 and 2010, we averaged about $1500. This year, we are already up to...wait for it...$3710! WOW! That's 247% of our average! We've made a big jump this year by branching out with our fundraising efforts and by having more of our team members reach out to their friends and family to raise funds, too - big thanks go to Ashley, Christy and Emily, who have raised almost $600 among them! Our team is consistently tracking in second place among the Music City family teams, but there are 3 teams right on our heels. I think it's going to come down to the wire! The first team place is over $10,000, so I don't think we're going to catch them, but we could hold our second-place position with a solid final week push! (But I'm not competitive or anything...)
I've revised our team goal up to $4,000, which solidly ranks us among the top family teams. We are $290 away from that goal, so I think we can make it - but of course, we need the help of all of our favorite procrastinators...so if you've been meaning to give but just have gotten around to taking the time to do so, take a minute now and donate at www.marchforbabies.org/ittybittybecca. That's Becca's personal fundraising page - I've set it up so that she can be a Top Walker herself (that's the VIP status for walkers who raise over $1,000) - after all, she is the most important walker on our team! :)
You may be wondering how the triathlon training is going...and I've been meaning to give it a dedicated post, but since I haven't gotten around to it yet, I'll give you the skinny here. So, first off, let me say that it's going well-ish, and I'm confident that I'll be able to complete the race, as long as there isn't a time limit they haven't told us about. :) But let me introduce you to my new best friend:
Yep, after all of the concerns about Becca's lungs, I'm the first one to be diagnosed with asthma! Wohoo! Of course I'd rather it be me than her, but I'd prefer that none of us have to deal with it. I had some really super minor asthma issues as a kid, and according to the pulmonologist (yep, the first time Becca met a pulmonologist was at my appointment - ironic!), it's not unusual for it to come back in adulthood. Turns out things like training for a triathlon bring such issues to light. I've got the "rescue inhaler" above that I take when I need it and/or before working out, and we're trying out a maintenance inhaler that I take nightly. They both seem to be helping but they haven't exactly made the problem disappear like I had hoped. That's probably a little too much to ask for, but we'll see what the doc says at my follow up in a few weeks.
So, needless to say, that set my training back a little bit. Add to that John's being sick over a couple of weekends and Becca's impromptu hospital stay and subsequent recovery, on top of the busiest season at work, and I haven't exactly hit my training goals, especially not in terms of the Tri's for Tri's fundraising. Right now my fine sponsors owe a whopping $3.35 for every dime sponsored, which is far from my original goal of $15 per dime and still far from my revised (and much more realistic) goal of $10 per dime, so, for all those sponsors willing to bear with me, I'm extending the fundraising period until up to the triathlon. That gives me about an extra month post-March for Babies to hit the training hard and make up for some lost time. In retrospect, that's what I should have arranged from the beginning, but I'm not sure I really conceived of how busy the weeks leading up to March for Babies would be. And since we can collect March for Babies money through the month of May, the dimes will still count toward our team total. Sponsors, if you're not on board with the extension, feel free to cash out now at www.marchforbabies.org/ittybittybecca. Otherwise, know that I'll be working hard to earn your dimes - staring next week. :)
Our team t-shirts should be shipping to me tomorrow, so I'll probably be able to start handing them out at church on Wednesday. If you haven't yet paid for your shirt(s), you can send me a check or drop me an e-mail or facebook message, and I'll give you instructions on how to pay through PayPal.
And just in case you need a reminder of why we Itty Bitty Hills are working hard for the March of Dimes, see below. The money we raise gives other mommies and daddies the chance to cuddle with their little lambs, too. Thanks for all your help!