On May 26, I posted up a copy of this season's Team in Training fundraising letter: Coach Rob's TNT Fundraising Letter. My husband and I are training for El Tour de Tucson, a century bike ride that takes place in Tucson, Arizona on November 20. Each member of the cycle team has pledged to raise a minimum of $3,500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
I am getting ready to send the letter out to our friends and family. I decided to put a short, one page letter together, to send along with the fundraising letter, that provides a brief update/news on everyone at the Smythe household. Here is a copy of that letter. I think we need to get new family portraits taken, the only one I could find is from Thanksgiving 2008 - we all look a bit different now! Rob & I have both lost weight. Ryan has cut his hair and now has a crew cut as we go into the hot and humid Florida summer. Miss Heather has gotten taller, cut her hair and dyed it an awesome hot red/magenta color!
Smythe Family News
Heather – 14 years old, she graduated from 8th grade on June 2nd. Heather will be a freshman at Spanish River High School, in Boca Raton, starting in the fall.
Ryan – 19 years old, he is working as an electrician for Personalized Power Systems.
Rob – 53 years old. Rob is the master electrician, supervisor and salesman at Personalized Power Systems. After being misdiagnosed with kidney stones, for most of 2009, Rob was finally diagnosed with bladder cancer in the fall. He underwent surgery in October, followed by two months of immunotherapy treatments. As of January 8th, Rob is now cancer free! He will continue to have checkups every 3 months to make sure he is still healthy.
Rob started coaching for the local Team in Training cycle team a few years ago. Team in Training is the main fundraising program for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This season he is coaching the team that is doing El Tour de Tucson. That is a 109 mile road bike ride that takes place on November 20 in Tucson, Arizona.
Lynn – 46 years old, fulltime freelance writer for a variety of online content providers. Lynn is the Herbs & Spices Feature Writer for Suite101.com. Lynn also maintains 9 diva themed blogs on the Blog Diva Network. She is best known for her Bike Diva blog – www.bikediva.net.
Lynn started racing in duathlons last year. This season she has over 20 races scheduled, with 14 of them being duathlons. She competed in her first half Ironman distance duathlon last November at Miami Man and got 3rd place female masters. Lynn competed in her first Olympic distance duathlon on May 2, at Tri Miami in Key Biscayne, and won her age group! Lynn’s complete race schedule can be found on the Bike Diva blog.
Lynn will be exhibiting at the South Florida Bike Expo, held on July 17 & 18 in Ft. Lauderdale. She will have a table full of Bike Diva goodies and will be handing out samples from some of her sponsors. Lynn is currently sponsored by Brooks Running, Mission Skincare, Rudy Project, Fluid Recovery, MotorTabs, Lock Laces, Sugoi, Aquaphor, Nuun and Sock Guy.
Rob, Lynn, Ryan & Heather Smythe