Love Army

Triathletes Lisa Ruth and Laura dropping off homemade cookies!

Triathletes Lisa Ruth and Laura dropping off homemade cookies!

The weekend was here. Word had spread about the project and I started keeping tally of the people that contacted me to be added to the love army of bakers. Our roster was now over 50 strong, all committing to bringing in batches upon batches of cookies, pre-bagged in 1/2 dozen. Some local business that us triathletes and cyclists frequent even got word and provided encouragement and helped spread the word.

Focal Flame Photography, a staple at many of our races, passed along the flyer on their social media outlets.

Dr. Dave from Integrated Sport & Spine, a sports medicine clinic that has helped so many athletes train pain-free, actually even had their own cookie drive from their members and served as a drop location.

Peak Performance Massage, a team of the most amazing massage therapists, baked several dozen cookies for the cause.

Endurance House Madison and Endurance House Middleton have been unbelieveable supporters. Not only offering to serve as a drop location for all the cookies to be brought, but also for the sincere positivity surrounding the project.

I am beyond thankful for all the support to help accomplish this. All of the businesses listed above help us athletes all year long in achieving our goals. Each of the businesses listed above once again went out of their way to help our triathlon and cycling community. So amazing.

Thanks to social media, more and more people were stepping up to bake their portion of cookies. Some of even the toughest male triathletes (guys like to bake too!) said I could count on them for a couple dozen. There were a few standout bakers, bringing in some numbers like 11, 12, 13 dozen. I cannot say thank you enough to everyone. I tried to keep up with all the names, but a lot of athletes outside of my own training circle contributed (even from Milwaukee!). I wish I could hug you all individually.

Cheryl Schelm

Vickie Hoeft

Alex Strong

Laura Hogard

Andrew Porn

Paul Eicher

Summer Olendorf

Peter Dettmer

Lindsey Heim

Jackie Arendt

Brenda Slatter

Nicole Stockburger

Rita Hookstead

Clara Graham

Lisa Ruth Krueger

Kitty Gilles

Laura Arendt

Heisley Lawson

Sonja Linn

Leah Stieber

Dianne Lahey

Kristin Korevec

Robyn (Focal Flame)

Glenda Hodge

Darien Pearlmutter

Tiffany Hoeye

Heidi Knapp

Sara Tetzloff

Greta Peterson

Peter Vold

Mike Keegan

Aaron Pratt

Julie Murphy Agnew

Alyssa Greiber

Carla Dickman

Deb Reiderer

Abby Solderholm

Chase Olson

Jeanne Hunter

Rachel Bainbridge

Meghan O’Neil (Peak Performance Massage)

Petra Gehring

Lyndsey Craven

Jeff Sweet

Brad Hesse

Mike Lisle

Nicole Chow

Janet Tegtmeier

Jessica Ozalp

Brandy Lea

Elizabeth Bart

….AND so many more. Thank you.


8 thoughts on “Love Army

  1. Susan Fiore says:

    That was so sweet of you! We’ve lived out here nineteen years, and as competitive cycling has gotten more popular in Dane County, I confess I’ve gotten impatient with all the cyclists all summer — my bad; most are very considerate about not riding in the middle of the road. Although I’m a big fan of commuter biking, I just don’t get competitive bicycling — my trusty “Dutch” girl’s bike and I like to cruise on a bike path in the most leisurely way, smelling the flowers and new-cut hay, listening to birds. I don’t get competitive sports, period. But I will remember your thoughtful cookie gift when I see you this summer and be more broad-minded. Thank you!

    Susan Fiore
    3256 Timber Lane

  2. Cathy says:

    Thank you for the absolutely BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had! What a lovely thank you, and we’re looking forward to cheering you all on during the next Ironman!

  3. Cristina Camacho says:

    Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! My family owns the funeral home on your route in Mt. Horeb, and I found your sweet treat this morning when I got to work. What a great surprise on a gloomy day! My whole family enjoyed the cookies very much. We will be cheering for you all summer long as you train! ~ Cristina Camacho & family

  4. Jennifer Nicklay says:

    It was so sweet to get your cookies today! As a biker myself, I thought this was such a cool way to say thanks to the people living on the Ironman route. I smile every time I see you all biking. This will be my first summer in Verona, and I can’t wait to sit in my front yard, cheering the Ironman cyclists on as you ride past my house \(^.^)/

  5. Congratulations on such a successful project! I feel honored to have been a small part of it. I think you’ve made some people very happy with your thoughtfulness, creativity and organization.

  6. Tom says:

    Tuesday morning at 0515 with a thunderstorm in full force I got out of my car to get the morning paper. I saw something hanging on my mail box and much to my surprise the bag contained 6 wonderful cc cookies!! I want to thank all involved for this thoughtful gift of appreciation. I wish I could say I shared the cookies..

  7. Sara says:

    That is sooooo awesome!! I wish I could have helped!! I will be participating in IMWI this year and really appreciate all the work you did!!

  8. Dana & Wes Bonin says:

    Thank you so much for the cookies! My husband and I just bought a house out here on Garfoot about 6 months ago. We were pretty stoked to learn the Iron Man goes right past our house! Being somewhat athletic ourselves… sticking to the occasional 5k and every now and then a really challenging obstacle course like the Gladiator Assault Challenge, we hold you guys in high regards! We admire and respect your determination, discipline, sacrifices, struggles, perseverance, disappointments and every inch that can sometimes be the world’s biggest accomplishment! It truly takes a special breed of person to achieve that amazing standard of athleticism and we are honored to share that with you, even if it’s only from the sidelines 🙂 And to take it a step further and appreciate a bunch of strangers who have enough patience not to run you off the road…. you really are an amazing bunch of people and the world would be a much better place if there were more of you. Keep up the good work, good luck, and thanks again for thinking of us!

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