It’s the mid to end of December 2017 as I write this. Surrounded by holiday hustle and bustle. I sort of hate the hustle and bustle because it seems many times to just make us busy.
I have something that I want to share with you that has nothing to do with hustle or bustle. It is a documentary called May I Help You.
Here’s the backstory to how I am connected with this video. In I think 2015 I made a new friend. Her name is Cristina and our lives intersected in two different spots. She was also a triathlon blogger (much more established (triathlonmami.com) and she and I have kids the same age.
She had just committed to pair with an athlete named Kerry for South Beach Triathlon (which might then have been called Nautica … I’m not sure.) I watched from the sidelines as that came together which from my point of view looked like a series of logistical mountains at every turn. Broken bike parts, special life jackets, etc. They did it and it was a truly a joy to see. At the time I thought it was Cristina driving the effort. One day I mentioned that and she laughed she said, nope, it’s all Kerry. I didn’t understand that at the time but I’ve since had several instances to work with her and it’s so true. She’s very softly spoken because her vocal cords were damaged but she’s truly the driving force behind these adventures.
One day my friend Doug mentioned to her, sure we’ll run a race together. Then next day they signed up for a race. He said, it was all her. She found a race, she made it happen.
The success at South Beach Tri lead to forming Thumbs Up International which is Kerry’s Foundation and that lead to many of my friends in my triathlon club pairing with Kerry and other athletes in local races. Years later my former neighbor Holly ran with Kerry in the Marathon. Kerry is an active member of the club with many friends in the club. In fact, I heard about this video because she missed the team Hammerheads Holiday Party. Turns out she was off getting an Emmy award for this documentary. I also interviewed Kerry and Caryn (yes it’s confusing because their names are so similar) for the Mile after Mile podcast.
It’s about 20 minutes but it will improve your day to watch this video. I can honestly say that at least once in every race when I feel my motivation lacking I will think of Kerry and say to myself – she would do this if she could. Thinking about her helps me get perspective on my discomfort and keep moving.
It’s not in this video but Kerry and Caryn just completed Ironman Cozumel together. I think that they are a candidate for a Guinness Record for that achievement which is very cool.
I encourage you to share this with your community. I am very fortunate that Kerry is a part of my real-life community.