Kristine's Quest 4 Kona

Failure is not an option

Month: December 2016

Final Push – 5 Days!

I hope everyone reading this had a great Christmas filled with love, peace and family.  Though 3 of my boys were gone, we had a great day.

I now find myself with only 5 days remaining in 2016 which means only 5 days to collect approximately $1,500 more in order to firmly secure the Ironman Foundation slot of Ironman Kona in 2017.  I now realize that I am going to get there because my husband has already assured me he would donate again.  However, as I told him, I need that money to pay for my coaches.  I can’t get to Kona and then take a chance of not finishing the hardest race there is.  So, if you are reading this post now, I invite you to read more than one post – go back to the many other posts contained in my blog.  I hope you enjoy them.  I would also like to encourage you to make a donation to the Ironman Foundation sponsoring me before the end of the year.  Finally, I would challenge you to push me in 2017 to stay focused and on task in my training.

Thank you so much for helping me get to Kona.  It is a dream come true and one I am forever thankful to everyone helping me accomplish such a tough goal in 2016.  I promise not to let you down in 2017, I will compete in and finish Ironman Boulder and Ironman Kona!

Love to you all!


Pinch Me!

Here we are with 9 more days until the end of the year and I find myself $2,000 away from going to Kona!  It has frozen me in my tracks because I just can’t believe it.  People I have been working with for almost a year are coming through with donations to the Ironman Foundation.  I am so thankful and grateful they feel the donation is for a worthy cause.  I certainly do.

Last night my plan was to sit down and write emails to 20 people as I can’t stop now, right.  This last $2,000 may be the hardest.  Russ and I decided to grab something to eat out because I refused another night of leftovers.  We went to a nice restaurant and sat down in the bar for some food and wine.  I joked that we should go to a movie instead (heck it was practically next door).  As he looked at the menu, he glanced up and said “want to?”  Yes!  We got up and walked to the movie, picked one and walked in right when it was starting.  We saw Manchester by the Sea, sad but good.  So, as I sit here early in the morning trying to get some things done I have to say it was worth it.  Good time just holding Russ’ hand watching a movie (with a glass of wine and a brat)!

Thank you for those that follow me and have made a donation.  I’m so close and just can’t believe it!



For all that actually follow me, yes Russ and the kids got home from South America.  They had such a great time.  The first few days all they did was sleep and wake at odd hours.  Russ ended up sleeping over 15 hours straight.  I guess not sleeping in a bed for two weeks comes with much needed catch-up time.

This past weekend all the kids were home since the 3 older boys will be gone for Christmas.   It was such a great weekend to spend time with them all.   I love my Family so much!

A Few Minutes of Love

As a Mom, I know when one of the kids are sick what to do and how to help them feel better.

As a wife, I know when my husband is sick how to comfort him and what he needs.

Last night I thought I needed to go to the hospital.  I actually don’t ever remember being so violently ill with stomach pains.  I laid in the bathroom for over 5 hours.  I missed Russ so much.  I am not sure if he would have known what to do, but I do know he would have taken care of me.

Morning came and I am pretty sure I had slept less than an hour.  I tried to get up, get dressed and get Grayson to school.  No chance.  I was laying in bed wondering if Uber was a way to get Gray to school?  Around 7:30 Gray woke up on his own and I heard him say “YES” and get super excited that today was a Snow Day!  Then he came in and crawled in bed with me bringing all his stuffed animals.   I told him I had been really sick and was having trouble getting dressed, but there was no Snow Day.  After realizing I wasn’t joking with him, he hugged me and gave me his favorite bear.  He just laid in bed with me and Eva.

I knew Gray was just hoping I would never get up so he wouldn’t have to go to school!  I did not care.  He was giving me a little love and felt sad that I was sick.  It was such a nice minute or two, until he asked me what was for breakfast!!

Oh yea, back to being a Mom!

Russ owes me!!

A Brave New World

I remember back in college (oh so long ago), a professor had us read the book Brave New World and then write a term paper on if we thought our world was civilized or not.  I won’t go into details about my opinion or writings; however, I will tell you I got an A in the class.  I am not sure why, but I was thinking about that paper this morning around 2 AM.  Perhaps it is because I am about to embark upon my own brave new world.

The realization has set in that it will be a while before Greg, my business partner for over 27 years,  is back to work.  I have spent the last 6 weeks trying to burn the candle at both ends and be everything to everyone, but I feel like I am falling short.  Inside I am on the verge of a complete emotional breakdown.   My husband is off in Patagonia for 17 days and I am all alone (well, not really I have Grayson, Matt and Eva) struggling to keep myself composed.   I “disappointed” and let down a friend, broker, at the office and I spent all night stressing about how to make him feel better.  I feel like curling up in a corner, yet I realize I can’t people need me.

No interim leader can take Greg’s place or our incredible friendship.  But, I do believe we have found someone that will be a new friend.  Greg has laid an incredible foundation!  I am going to be brave and trust that I am headed down the right path.  I wish I could tell each and every person at the office just how much I need them and how much they mean to me.  My new world will not be rewarding without them.  I hope they trust me enough to know, I have their back.

Yea it’s December!

I think December is one of the best months of the year!  I love the Christmas music, the lights, warming up after a long cold walk and the festive mood of all.   There is something else special about December – people give back more than any other month of the year.  I have commitments that get me halfway to my goal.  I am working hard to get “starting line” of Kona!  A special thank you to everyone that has given to my Quest for Kona and the Ironman Foundation!