So within 24 hours of my I am a Betty announcement I was assigned a triathlete trainer and I’ve been training ever since! Been quite intense and exciting and so many supporters including friends and family, other Betty’s and my charity cycling team the Qatar Sandstormers.
Feeling blessed and equally excited! My training has been daily with only one day off. Running 4x per week, cycling twice and swimming once. Will be adding another swim session as it’s my weakest so far. But I’m looking forward to the experience and to inspiring other women out there it get out and start. It’s never too late. Coming up on 41. I’m doing this for me. I wish I’d discovered it earlier. But I’m happy that I’ve been supported and sponsored and I represent!
Participated in my first time trial last week and will be racing next Friday. Should be exciting! Looking forward to just getting the feel for the races.
Check out the time trial pix below!
I didn’t think it would happen… I really didn’t. I was shocked, thrilled, shocked again and bewildered to have been selected! I am a Betty was a competition launched by the awesome sick custom gear designer Kristen Meyer, founder of http://www.bettydesigns.com
So now I will represent! I’m a tier 2 Betty! A butterfly… I can’t wait to get my email from Kristen on what’s in store for the 2014 season. I pledged a lot to Betty and I’m here to keep my word! I will now be training to compete in my first triathlon, the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, Short Distance Competition as the first part of fulfilling my pledge.
I want to thank everyone who was involved in supporting me in my cycling foray… including my awesome brother and my charity cycling team, the Qatar Sandstormers. Without their support and encouragement, I don’t think I would have had the courage to take on the challenge.
I am honored to be part of Team Betty for 2014. Watch this blog for more information and track my progress… I’m completely stoked, beyond thrilled, beyond excited.
The Official Announcement from Betty Designs below:
Beyond thrilled to announce The Betty Roster for 2014! I received submissions ranging from PDF + PowerPoint presentations incorporating my logo, to stories about how women are “betties” in all aspects of their lives, to photos of celebrities holding submissions on the red carpet, videos and notes from your friends and family on why you should be a Betty. Submissions came from the US to Dubai, Japan, Europe and all over the world. Needless to say it was a tough decision to narrow the choices down to this list.
More details to follow next week on the specific programs for SKULL, BUTTERFLY and PINK levels of sponsorship…..keep your eye on your email.
So out of the blue I get a random tweet asking why I stopped blogging… Come to think of it… Yeah! Why did I stop??? Just got lazy I suppose. Then I started thinking… Hmmmmm what should I blog about? Lots to say! Moved to Qatar… Missing my family like crazy… New job… New friends… And a new hobby with a cause!
The new hobby? Cycling! My brother is an avid cyclists… Started road biking then he got into mountain biking. And he was also riding for charity too… I admired that for a long time. But the streets back home in Jordan just don’t allow you to ride safely… In Qatar they’ve actually made special roads for cyclists and it the country is on a mission to improve people’s lives via health and charity initiatives! Totally loved the fact that those ideals were so important here.
And WHAT is the Global Biking Initiative? It’s actually an idea that started by a group of avid cyclists from Vodafone who thought they could raise awareness for their charities by cycling across Europe!
Cycling… Plus charity? Healthy. Plus doing good! How could I resist???
And so my adventure shall begin.
More later… I’m so hungry! Can’t concentrate!
I have this urge to write… I haven’t blogged or written in a while… the thing is I have the urge to write, not by typing away, but I want to go back to my Dear Diary days… Remember that? When your diary held your innermost secrets and thoughts… boy if anyone got hold of my Dear Diary RIGHT THIS MOMENT… hmmmm… let’s NOT go there
Writing is good… it helps to let off steam… say what you need to say, get it off your chest (especially when you think you can’t say it to anyone else except yourself and oh yes… your Dear Diary…)
For someone who likes to keep everything inside, my Dear Diary is my confident, best friend, soul mate…
So friends and family, bloggers, readers and occasional writers… take your Dear Dear Dear Diary… and ink away… it’s so satisfying… especially seeing your words in print.. your handwriting that you don’t see often except to write checks or sign off that you saw your kids’ library books and that he/she read them…
I still have a thing for pencils and pens, crayons and markers… you don’t just have to write… you can also draw, color, scribble… wonder what the psychiatrists and psychologists out there would say about my scribbles and scratches, doodles and marks… it’s quite fascinating actually… I personally love it… and then I love scratching them off… heheheh…
How RANDOM is this post… like I said, I have an urge to write… of course this is not the privileged information that my Dear Diary has access to… but this is good enough… at least you get the idea… how freeing a random thought or paragraph or post can be…
Now go out there and ink something that will make you feel free…