CMRF Nicola O'Sullivan
Kilometres for Kids Chicago Triathlon 2010. Day 5: Monday, 30 August

We had a serious night of celebrations last night! It was brilliant fun. Everybody was still on an adrenaline high after the event and the sense of CMRF team spirit was amazing.

We are all taking it easy today after the intensity of yesterday’s triathlon. Some people are relaxing by the pool, others are shopping and needless to say, everybody is delighted that they have completed their challenge so successfully.

We are leaving to head back to Ireland tomorrow and I can honestly say this was one of the best events I have ever been on. The people taking part in the Chicago Triathlon 2010 are truly remarkable. I admire each and every one of them for succeeding in achieving their goals and for so generously supporting The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our triathlon eventors - GO TEAM CRUMLIN!!!! 

Check out the race results here!

Kilometres for Kids Chicago Triathlon 2010. Day 4: Sunday, 29 August

WOW - what an event!!  I am HYPER after it all.  The CMRF triathlon team did us VERY PROUD today.  I am immensely impressed by each and every one of our CMRF team members, they are amazing.  The atmosphere was quite simply electric and the amount of adrenaline and competitiveness in the air was nothing short of remarkable.

We got our wake up call at 4am, although most people were awake already in anticipation of the event.  After breakfast the CMRF Triathlon Team geared up for their upcoming challenge.  The teams wave times varied from 6.00am - 10am.  Jackie, Francis and I were on hand with Irish Flags and LOTS of cheering (I am completly hoarse after it, but it was more than worth it).

Everybody is on an absolute high after today’s event - the swim, cycle and run was incredible to watch.  The weather was absolutely scorching, it was 39 degrees out there (102.2F) and it was genuinely so tough on our athletes - I have never seen anything like it.  Nonetheless, our CMRF athletes rose to the occasion with flying colours. I have some mega pictures and I can’t wait to post them on facebook.  I am so proud of everybody, there will be lots of serious celebrations tonight. What an achievement!

One of the most poignant stories about why people are taking part in this event on behalf of CMRF is from a new eventor this year.  He was attending Our Lady’s hospital last year with his child for a standard overnight procedure.  Our triathlon brochure caught his eye while he was in the waiting room and he deicded he wanted to raise money for CMRF there and then.  The amazing part of this story is that only SIX months ago he could not swim (!!), he finished the triathlon in just a little over 3 hours today.  AMAZING.

I am tempted to say that I will have to buy a bike and a new pair of runners when I get home…..I am not ‘committing’ as of yet, but I can certainly see how this sport is absolutely addictive.  A girl’s gotta have aspirations!!

Kilometres for Kids Chicago Triathlon 2010. Day 3: Saturday, 28 August

We had a great night last night.  A group of us went to the Cheesecake factory for dinner.  Be warned - the portions there are the size of your arm so I may not eat again until Christmas!! Our CMRF triathlon team had to stock up on lots of carbs in anitipcation of Sunday’s event so they were all very happy with the choice of restauraunt.

I can’t wait to see them all taking part in the Chicago Triathlon 2010. We are all getting both nervous and excited about the tomorrow’s event.  Everybody is taking it easy today so that they will have plenty of energy for their upcoming challenge.  Even though I am here to support the team and am not taking part in the event, I am already feeling the excitement in my bones. 

I just can’t wait to see all of our CMRF Team in action, I am so impressed with each and every one of them for doing this on behalf of the CMRF and Our Lady’s Hospital.  Their support of CMRF makes an immense difference to the lives of so many sick children.  I have my Irish flag at the ready and I plan on taking lots of honey tonight for all the supportive yelling I will be doing tomorrow.


Kilometres for Kids Chicago Triathlon 2010. Day 2: Friday, 27 August

The Windy City was far from windy this morning as the CMRF Chicago Triathlon team woke up to another beautiful day of sunshine. 

Chicago River

photo from:Flickr

All of the triathlon team gear and bikes have arrived safe and sound so the CMRF team are rearing to go!!  We had a brilliant night last night and there were lots of laughs.  They are such a great group of people and I am happy to say that everybody has instantly bonded. 

The Microsoft boys -Kevin, Barry, David and Peter all had their shirts engraved with personalised logo’s to enhance their ’triathlon team sprit’.  Kevin (Top Gun), Barry (Boss Man), David (Horse Power) and Peter (The Hero) certainly grabbed the local’s attention!! 

Nuala Moore from Kerry was also wearing a t-shirt with her self professed mantra on it ‘I may not look fast (and on the back) but inside I am running’.  Everybody was in great form and it was very interesting to hear all the different reasons why people chose Our Lady’s Hospital as their charity for the event.  The dedication by the CMRF triathlon team to CMRF and Our lady’s Hospital is very evident and heartwarming.

After mingling with the team at breakfast some of the group went to do some warm up training in the Hilton Hotel Gym. This is an amazing facility located on the 8th floor of the hotel; it has an Olympic size swimming pool and all the required amenities for our triathlon athletes. Hence, the competitive atmosphere is commencing already.  We all went down to Ohio beach where the group went for a warm up swim and then a cycle – it was a spectacular day and we had lots of fun in the sun.

Things are heating up here already - Team Crumlin are chomping at the bit to do Ireland proud this year.  I have no doubt that the team’s dedication to their training will pay off.  :0)