Monday, November 05, 2007

I'm a nominee!

This blog has been nominated for a 2007 raceAthlete Best Blog Award!

Shucks, you guys! I am not worthy. But I do consider it an honor.

My regular readers know that this is much more of a training-journal-of-my-life than a triathlete blog.

My friend Jeanne recently asked "Why do you blog?"

I have to admit that I don't have a single good answer to that question. I started this blog in March, 2005 as a way to make a log of my training progress for myself, and also a historical record and photo file for my own review and for my kids' amusement one day. I periodically save this record month-by-month to a CD and file it away.

I've gone a few thousand miles under my own power since that day. I've gone from a novice who had dabbled into a triathlon or two, to the point that a triathlete is part of who I am. Only just a part, but a part that's personally important to me. I may not always compete in events, but I don't see myself giving up swimming, cycling, or running until something, someday, makes me.

Two-and-a-half years and 138,000 hits later I'm still doing it, blogging away on a regular basis. It's become an important part of my training and my connection to fellow triathletes around the world. I especially appreciate it when someone takes an interest in my meandering posts and takes the time to write a comment. Thanks for coming over to my house. Have another cup of coffee. I enjoy having you here.


Tom said...

Congratulations on the well deserved nomination. I'm not a triathlete but read your blog every day. I am in awe of all that you have accomplished as an athlete. I have run a few marathons but can't conceive of doing a 1/2 on day and a full the next like the Goofy run you did. Amazing! Good luck with the nomination, Tom

Nancy Toby said...

Awww, thank you so much! You're very kind.

LBTEPA said...

I always feel a bit shy about commenting but you're right, it is all about the connections, isn't it?
I like your blog cos you don't sugar-coat things - and you put me on to junkfood science, a great read. Hope you win Nancy!

Noah Wood - A Maryland Runner said...

Nancy, congratulations! I'm glad I checked out your blog this evening. I am so glad your blog has become famous and prestigious, and after coming from such a humble beginning! Definitely glad I came upon your blog while searchin' for info on that "Run for the Hospice 10K/5K" event among other running events in the mid-shore area. I hope to make it to that event this year, though I'm not sure which distance, since around that time I'll probably be getting back into shape.

Oh yea, for what it's worth, I think your blog helped inspire me to start blogging about my quest to run in a running event in all of Maryland's counties this year. Thank you for that and for sharing your experiences :)

triathlonmom said...

Guilty as charged for the definitely deserve it.
When they grow up, your kids are going to get a chuckle out of all those stories you told about them and the photos you took (CSI). Thanks for updating every day. I know how hard it can be to do that.

Nancy Toby said...

Awww, thank you!!!!! I do appreciate it.

jeanne said...

well-deserved! you are too worthy. and this answer is a wee bit better than your first one!

I like the idea of storing the months on cd's. hadn't occurred to me. i'm busy TRUSTING blogger.

You've been an inspiration to many people nancy. Live with it!