I raced in Ironman Coeur d' Alene to raise awareness and money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in memory of my mother-in-law, Jeanette "Jay" Trotter. It was my 21st triathlon, and the first at Ironman distance: 2.4 mile swim - 112 mile bike - 26.2 mile run.
My wife Pam and I are triathletes because of OCRF. In 2004, Pam, who had been dedicated runner for years, heard about the US Women's Triathlon Series (now SheRox) benefiting OCRF, and volunteered along with several of her good friends who also knew Jay. In 2005 she did the run leg on a relay team, and in 2006 raced it solo.
Inspired by the 2006 event, I signed up for a novice-distance triathlon 2 weeks later, bought my 1st pair of running shoes in over 15 years, rode my new commuter bike and managed to finish without drowning or otherwise dying (I did get a lot of attention from the Kayak safety crew:)
Pam and I were hooked on triathlon. Pam annually races in the women's triathlon, raising money for OCRF, and later with girlfriends forming Total KAOS Tri Team. Together they have raised approximately $15,000 for OCRF as part of Team Hope. Check them out on Facebook!
Now as I train for my goal to complete an ironman, it's only fitting that I dedicate the effort to OCRF in Jay's memory. The best mother in law a guy could ask for and the perfect grandmother, she gave my family and me many great memories while alive. Her final gift to me is triathlon, and the fitness, health and friendships that come with the sport.
This one's for you, Jay.