When I was a newbie triathlete and my friend Barb invited me to try a bike workout in Karen's basement, I didn't know who Karen was or that I was about to embark on quite an adventure!
Soon after starting those basement sessions, I tagged along with the crew to Ironman Louisville. We chased Barb & Tammy & friends all over Louisville in sweltering heat—I was sweaty and tired just spectating—but I was moved to be part of the action. As we were packing up to head home I was already peppering Karen with questions about bikes—and she let me know in her trademark straightforward way that a new bike wasn’t what I needed right then.
Fast forward a few years, and it felt like graduation when Karen and Lew took me to get a new bike. I’m happy she knew I finished my first 70.3 in Muncie, and I felt like a kid at Christmas when she offered to help me with some skills I needed to tackle the next distance. Her tragic accident happened right as we were getting started. (And only then did I begin to grasp how many other women she inspired and supported in athletic endeavors—she was so quiet about all of it, including her own accomplishments, that you’d just never know.)
I’ve continued training and racing, and it’s finally time to pick a goal race. Louisville (2019) seems fitting. And it seems even more fitting to make it a fundraiser for Karen’s Trail. My goal is to get a sponsor for every mile of 140.6 miles at $100 per mile.
Please join me on this Ironman journey and in the vision of Karen’s family to complete 70 miles of connected trail in Washtenaw County within 5 years. It’s a beautiful legacy and I’m excited to be a part of it.
Let’s build Karen’s Trail!