August 17, 2017

Fundraiser Recap

Sara Davis

First of all, thanks to everyone that attended my fundraiser Monday to help me get to the Sprint World Championships in Australia.  It was definitely a huge success.  Triathica helped out a ton with contributing to the raffle and all of the support for which I am very thankful.  It was a wonderful gathering of friends, family and even some people who I have never met before, but wanted to help out a local athlete.  It made me very excited and I felt so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life.

I also want to give a special thanks to my friends who lent their musical talents for the night.  You guys sounded great.  In the end, the fundraiser helped me pay for my ticket to Australia so thanks to everyone!

When I get to Australia I am doing it the cheapest way I can.  My friend Lindsey told me about couchsurfing.com which is an organization where world travelers let other world travelers stay on their couch or in an extra bedroom while you are visiting and will sometimes even act as personal tour guides.  She said it was an amazing way to meet people and make life-long friends.  I am either doing that or staying at a friend of one of my waterman’s teammates, Micah Carlson knows in Australia.

Either way I am excited to meet new people.  I have traveled to other countries on my own before so I totally comfortable in a new environment.  Four days before the race I will be staying in a condo at the race site that my friend has set up for me with five older triathletes that always win their age groups.  It’s a good environment to be in since they are all very serious and ready to win.

I really don’t know what to expect at World Championships, but it has to be a huge event.  There are socials, parades, opening ceremonies, etc.  I almost feel as though I am going to the Olympics.  My nerves haven’t hit me yet, but I am very excited to experience something completely new.  I never thought that after only my second season of triathlon I would qualify for world championships!  Well, I will let you all know how it goes and thank you everyone for all of your support!  Train hard while I’m gone!

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