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  Lorraine Basurto

My name is Lorraine Basurto. I am a 42 year old mother of 2 teen age children, Michelle 18, Eric 15. I have always tried to keep in relatively good shape through some form of exercise, running, roller blading, treadmills, gym machines, and personal weight training. I have tried to instill into my children the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

I first heard of Team In Training through a co-worker of mine who was training for a triathlon. Her enthusiasm about the training and the event sparked my interest. I began touring the TNT web site and finally decided - "I want to do this!" The evening I sent in my registration money I couldn't sleep - I was not sure if it was excitement or fear.

My first cycle ride with the team, I started out on a 28-year old 12 speed HUFFY bike and tennis shoes. My coach was WONDERFUL but I could tell when she saw I was not in biking shoes that she feared I was to be a "challenge" to her.... I decided after the first ride that if I was going to be serious about this mission, I needed the right equipment. I enlisted the aid of my local bike shop and purchased a bike, shoes, and clipless pedals/cleats (what an experience this is gonna be). I was SO excited about my new bike and shoes! The next ride, I was 3/4 of the way to the meeting destination when I realized I had left my bike shoes at home.

OH NO - NOW WHAT? Hmmmm... My coach asked - HOW are you going to ride clipless pedals with tennis shoes? I said - if it can be done, I can do it !!! - she just smiled... AND I DID ! If I can do it - YOU CAN DO IT !

I am missing the winter kick off because I am in Georgia for my first Century - My coach AND I have no doubt that I will succeed. I raised my money - I did my work - now I am going to ride and enjoy !

While I ride, I will have on my mind my many friends, family and co-workers that have sponsored me in this endeavor as well as the heroes and victims of these diseases. This cause is close to my heart. My husband's sister passed away at the young age of 30 with Leukemia - I never had a chance to meet her, but I know she is with me when I ride.

Work the program and you will see amazing results! GO TO ALL THE CLINICS (even if you already know it - you'd be surprised how much more you can learn - keep a smile on your face - and keep a positive attitude - REMEMBER WHY you have signed up - GOOD LUCK and MOST OF ALL - HAVE FUN !)

Lorraine Basurto

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