Hello friends and family! It is hard to believe but we are just 64 days away from the 2018 Transplant Games. This year they’re being held in Salt Lake City, UT and training is underway for our respective events. If you’re a long time follower of the blog, you may remember we traveled to Cleveland in 2016 to compete in several events with a varying degree of success. I should clarify, Derek did a great job of training and competing, I somehow thought I could run a 100m race without training at all. Ah, Logan, so predictable.
How Can You Help?
Include us in Your Charitable Giving
You can donate money to our team! Here’s a handy link to our fundraising page:
Sign Up To Be An Organ Donor (Again)
You can sign up to be an organ donor AND tell your family, friends, and loved ones about your desire to donate your organs. Now… chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve already signed up. But! You can sign up again! It will override your current registration and it will give our team *points* for signing you up. If that sounds like cheating, well I am a cheater because over the last 4 years I have probably signed up to be an organ donor like, I don’t know, 10 times. Be a cheater like me!
Cheer Us On!
We’ll be at the games August 2-6 and I’ll remind you of this one again when we get closer, but it really helps to know you’re all rooting for us.
Feel free to give us a shout out on Twitter if that’s your thing:
Send us an email: derekandlogan [at] gmail [dot] com
Or you can leave an encouraging comment on this or any of our other future TGA posts.
What We’ve Signed Up For
This year will be different! Maybe. A little. At the very least I hope to finish the 100m without injuring myself and I hope to actually compete in the 200m! My approach this year is to spend a few weeks remembering how to run. I am one week into that mission and it is going reasonably well.
As for Derek, well, the sky is likely the limit. He’s been running and hiking regularly since the 2016 games and now that he’s finished training for the half-marathon he ran a few months ago, he’s turned his attention to track workouts. He does not like them, but if he wants to win gold in both the 800m and the 1500m it’s going to be a necessity.
For those of you keeping track on your scorecards, our events are exactly the same as last year, with one minor adjustment for Derek.
5k Run – Saturday
(They don’t have a 10k option which he’s bummed about, but them’s the breaks. He won gold in his division for the [shortened] 10k last year with a time of 44:18.9, and was second overall.)
800m – Sunday
2016 Results: 2:52 Gold Medal
1500m – Sunday
2016 Results: 5:56 Silver Medal
100m – Sunday
2016 Results: 22:75. It was embarrassing. I hobbled to the finish.
200m – Sunday
2016 Results: Scratched. See above.
50yd Breastroke – Saturday
2016 Results: 55:92 Silver Medal
50yd Freestyle – Saturday
2016 Results: 41:47 Silver Medal
100yd Freestyle – Saturday
2016 Results: 1:36:42 Silver Medal
(I have been working on my turns and trying to just be in the pool more and I am hopeful I can improve my times and maybe even squeak out a gold? My (friendly) nemesis from last time beat me handily, so I’m trying to keep my expectations low.)
We’ll do our best to keep you updated on our progress as we get closer and will of course provide you, our faithful readers, with a comprehensive recap. Thanks for reading!