Hello and thanks for visiting my fundraising page. In 2015, I will be competing in IRONMAN Chattanooga. It is a triathlon that consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run.
I have decided to make this IRONMAN journey more than just about me. I have set a goal to raise money for the PINK RIBBON FUND. They are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Their mission statement is: The Pink Ribbon Fund exists to provide compassionate financial assistance to Pine Belt residents for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, as well as quality of life issues related to their illness. 100% of their donations go to breast cancer patients. My mother, MIssy Green Hughes, was a breast cancer survivor. So, this is a cause very near and dear to my heart.
IRONMAN Chattanooga will be held on September 27, 2015. This date is the 22nd anniversary of my mother's passing. I can think of no better way to honor the memory of my mother than to raise funds for this wonderful organization that provides assistance to breast cancer patients.
Thanks for your support and encouragement. Follow along here and on my facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bens-IronMan-Journey/773875912678590?skip_nax_wizard=true ,for all the latest updates. Visit the PINK RIBBON FUND website, www.pinkribbonfund.org to find out more about this wonderful organization.
If you wish to donate with a check, please copy and paste this link and complete the form, http://promos.cdn.crowdrise.com/2014_Of-fline_Donatio_Form.pdf
MARCH 6--WOW! What an amazing couple of months. From December 27 to January 27, you helped me reach 10% of my fundraising goal. From January 27 to February 27, you helped me to reach 20% of my fundraising goal! I am very blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. You all ROCK!!!
In December, I was able to log 32 hours of training. In janaury, I also completed 32 hours of training. February came in with a respiratory infection and I was on the sidelines for most of the month. I was able to get about 11 hours of decent training in during February, though. March is here, my Spring Break starts tomorrow, and I am looking to get in some quality training over the next 9 days.
APRIL 1--A nasty G.I. virus derailed my Spring Break training. I am almost back to 100%! 3 months into this journey and you have helped me to reach 30% of my goal! THANK YOU! Warmer weather is upon us and my training time is increasing. Now, if I could only do something about this pollen!
May 10---My training is going very well. I am increasing my mileage in all 3 disciplines and I'm staying healthy. I am having fun, too! 20 weeks until race day, it's Mother's Day, and you have helped to raise over $2600 for the PINK RIBBON FUND!
May 31---17 weeks until race day! I am contining to have good training sessions and I am staying healthy. I have been able to consistently log 10 hours of training per week for the past 5 weeks. My friends and family have helped me to raise over $2600 for the PINK RIBBON FUND. I will continue to train hard (and smart) and raise funds until race day on September 27. Thanks for your support and encouragement.
June21---14 weeks until race day! I am getting 10 to 12 hours of training per week. The donations total is $3,335! That is 44% of my goal of $7,500. I am appreciative of the encouraging messages and prayers. I am thankful for the personal growth I am experiencing on this journey---physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Thanks to everyone for being along for the ride!
July 19--10 Weeks until race day! My swim, bike, and run sessions are getting longer. I am hungry ALL the time! I am training about 15 hours per week. This July heat is oppressive! The total donations from my family and friends is $8,335! THANK YOU to everyone that has heped me to exceed my goal of $7,500. I am truly blessed and humbled by the outpouring of donations and supprort from everyone. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!
August 9--7 weeks until race day! I got to swim 3.2 miles, bike 173 miles, and run 20 miles this week. I ate A LOT, too! Donations are continuning to come in. Please keep sending me the encouraging messages and prayers. I cannot do this alone. THANK YOU!!!!
August 16--6 weeks until race day. This week consisted of 13 hours of training--I was scheduled to do 16 hours, but life happens. I developed a little tendonitis in my left hamstring and I had to scratch a bike ride and cut a swim session short. Also, I was 20 miles into a 90 mile bike ride on Saturday when my chain broke. I would like to believe it was from the massive wattage I was producing! The truth is that I should have already replaced this chain. I was able to mend it, ride 20 miles home, put on a new chain and complete the 90 mile ride. I still feel very fortunate and happy that I am able to do these things in life that I want to do. I do not view them as setbacks, but as opportunities to be challenged, to grow, and to set a positive example for others. Please keep the prayers and positive messages coming!
August 23--5 weeks until race day. Another strong week of training including a 12 mile run on Saturday. I'm feeling good physically and I am feeling fantstic mentally and emotionally. I am enjoying personal spiritual growth on this journey, too. I am realizing that "mountains" are not so big when you are conquering them for others and not yourself. Thank you again for all the donations, prayers, and positive messages. Thanks for coming along on the ride!
September 6--3 weeks until race day. I am getting very excited and nervous about the big day. Sometimes I feel that I am not ready and sometmes I just wish it would get here so I could be done with it. I am still enjoying the journey---training with friends and making new ones, pushing myself and digging deep physically and mentally, self growth and enlightment, and EATING!!!! Sometimes, I just cannot eat enough to satisfy my empty fuel tank. Thank you all very much for the positives messages, prayers, and donations.
September 13-- 2 weeks until race day. The BIG training is over and now I "taper." A taper is 2 weeks of decreased volume and intesnity of training so the body can recover and be ready for the BIg Day! Last weekend I ran 20 miles--the longest run I have done in a long, long time. Yesterday, I bike 126 miles--the longest I have EVER biked! Now, I focus in gettying quality rest and practicing positve mental visualization of a fun and productive race. I am still overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for my journey. The donations, prayers, love, and encouragement I have received is overwhelming! Thank you!
September 20--1 week until race day. The hay is in the barn! This week is for some short, easy workouts, pack ALL my gear, and try to R-E-L-A-X! I continue to be humbled by all the outpouring of love and support for everyone. Please keep the donations, messages, and prayers coming my way. They are needed and appreciated!
September 28--The day after! I am an IronMan! I had a great day and a fantastic race. I was surrounded by over 2100 racers and over 2500 volunteers. I felt good ALL day! The day was filled with fun, emotions, smiles, laughs, and tears. They were tears of joy---great memories of good times with my mother; support from all of you (my family and friends); and ALL the wonderful belssings in my life and ALL that I have to be thankful for.
My race is over, but you can still donate to the Pink Ribbon Fund. October 27 is the last day to make donations on this website for my fundraising efforts for the Pink Ribbon Fund.
Again, THANK YOU to EVERYONE for all the donations, love, support, emails, prayers and encouragement!