Monday, October 27, 2014

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MEET BRANDON LOUGHRIDGE AND TYLER BLANTON

When I started this amazing adventure back in 2010, I had no idea how many people would have such a truly significant and profound impact on my life. This is especially illustrated as two of our young people, Brandon Loughridge and Tyler Blanton, have committed to fulfill a dream of mine in my place. This is not to say that I do not continue to have that dream and that I hope to someday accomplish it, but these young men have committed to race the 2015 Ironman Texas in my name. Amazing. It is quite easy to say that you want to do something, but another matter entirely to actually do it. In a few short months, I have seen these young men transform themselves and train with true passion and dedication. They are both college students (with economics and architecture majors – not light study loads), yet they take time each day to train hard to make sure that they will accomplish this dream … my dream. I’m so proud of these young men. While I have known Brandon since he was in high school, I met Tyler the day before last year’s MS150, where he and Brandon road in my name. The compassion and dedication of these men has truly touched me. Their desire to help others selflessly is astounding. Because the costs associated with equipment and training for a race such as Ironman is extensive and because these are college students, they have even taken it upon themselves to start a fundraising campaign. When I read Brandon and Tyler’s fundraising site, I nearly fell out of my chair. Not only do they want to raise the money necessary to get their equipment and training materials, they want to raise a substantial amount for multiple sclerosis research. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, our young people absolutely amaze me. Please take a moment to go to their site and read their amazing story. I assure you that it will put a smile on your face and foster the positivity that we have always talked about here. If you’re able to please donate something, anything, to this worthy and noble cause. The site is www.gofundme.com/fupsvg. Please join our team in supporting these fine young men.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ANY QUESTIONS?!?!

I know that I JUST posted but while I was posting my new blog, Brandon posted this on Facebook. I have to share. My point is made: I have a dear friend who was diagnosed in 1999 with Multiple Sclerosis, and over the past 5 years I have gotten a first hand look at what it can do to the human body. When Trace came into my life for the first time during my senior year of high school, I immediately knew that our relationship would flourish. My senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to do the CB&I Triathlon with Trace and some friends from school. Not only was it an incredible experience, but an event that had a profound impact on my life. As Trace and I starting becoming more knowledgeable about one another, I slowly came to understand the everyday battle he fights just to live. A year later, I found myself riding and finishing the MS150 with Trace. To this day, that is one of the best moments of my life. To see a man, who is beating the odds against a disease that was supposed to kill him years ago, finish a race that was almost impossible for him. This past year, I found out that Trace's health wasn't gonna let him do it again. It didn't take long for me to commit to riding it for him. This time, I had the chance to bring my roommate, Tyler, along. Again, it was a bittersweet moment when we approached the finish line and saw Trace standing there waiting for us to finish. Before we crossed the line, Tyler and I decided to pull to the side to give him a hug. As tears filled my eyes, I realized how much of an impact we had made on this mans life just by riding in his spot. It wasn't long after the MS150 that I had the chance to sit down and talk with Trace about the one thing that he has always wanted to do. Quickly, he replied: "The Ironman". My mind was blown. My immediate thoughts were those of doubt. After 5 years of seeing what MS has done to his body, I knew that his dreams are slipping out of his reach. After extensive thinking, praying, and conversing with those around me, I knew what I wanted to do. I committed myself to doing Ironman Texas 2015 in Trace's place. My purpose of doing this isn't to generate a response from people, but to do it for a man that I love dearly and the disease that he fights. 318 days from now, Tyler and I hope to cross the finish line and embrace a man that has shown us what the value of life really is. If you're reading this, my hope is that YOU will come along (with support) and be apart of this journey with us. KEEP DREAMING OUT LOUD! -Trace

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

When we started this great adventure in 2010, I had no idea how much the individuals that joined with me would change and touch my life. I had no idea how deep the friendships that I made would become. I had no idea how much I would enjoy this experience. I am truly a Blessed man. Perhaps the thing that has touched and impressed me the most is how our super-jocks have responded and truly taken me on as their “project”. This year, Brandon Loughridge and Tyler Blanton rode the MS150 for me. They stopped before the finish line to see me and the moment that I had with them is something that I will never forget. After that ride, they informed me that in 2015 they were doing … (wait for it) … IronMan Texas for me! They know that I have always dreamed of doing a full IronMan. Brandon reminded me that we are a team and that he and Tyler were just doing the racing for me and the team. Wow. Just wow. Our young people continue to amaze and impress me. Thank you guys. So very much. KEEP DREAMING OUT LOUD! -Trace By the way, doing an IronMan is NOT cheap, especially for college students. The equipment costs and entry fees are extensive. If anyone would like to help them financially, email me at trace.sherer@gmail.com and I will be more than happy to put you in touch with these fine young men.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

FRIENDS

I have been so fortunate to have been Blessed with so many TRUE friends. You know – people who stay with you through the good and the bad. People who expect nothing from you except for your friendship in return. People who you might not talk to for years and then, when you do, you feel like you spent time with them yesterday. You do not get to keep your friends just because you made them years ago. You have to earn your friendships every day. That is a privilege. My friendships have given me the strength to continue to fight and beat MS. This goes hand in hand with the positivity that we have talked about for years. Chose to be around people that lift you up and do not tear you down. As hard as it may be, remove people from your life that are not real, true, genuine friends or limit your exposure to them to the extent that you can. It truly makes a huge difference. KEEP DREAMING OUT LOUD- -Trace

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LIMITATIONS

Wednesday nights in the Spring and Fall are my favorite nights of the week. I get to kayak Lake Conroe during the FSR IronMan practice swim. It gives me time to think and reflect in an amazing setting. Last night I was thinking about a movie. I love the movie The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. There is a line in it that we should all apply to our lives. “If you fight for your limitations, you get to keep them.” True, huh?! One of my best friends just took an incredible new job. He got out of school about 4 years ago, has been recruited heavily to various jobs, each time better than the previous one. Compared to the job he began in, in four short years he has now exceeded it many times in terms of salary, prestige of firms and responsibility, making a path for himself for a meteoric future. He refuses to fight for his limitations. Had he stayed with his original employer, he surely would have withered on the vine as that firm is now doing. Shouldn’t we all handle MS or really any of life’s challenges that way? Don’t fight for our limitations. Fight to leave them behind. Fight to better ourselves in every aspect that we possibly can. Fight for a better life. Good to talk to you again and KEEP DREAMING OUT LOUD! -Trace

Thursday, January 30, 2014

NEVER STOP TRYING

Okay boys and girls. It has been a really long time since I posted anything. I have always tried not to just say the same old things as I have said before and, well, I have been kind of stale. In the last year with that crazy thing called life, I have not been working out as much as I had been. As much as I should. As much as I MUST. Shame on me, right? Well, I am happy to report that I am back to it and there has been a vast improvement already. I would love to say that this has been some kind of carefully planned experiment, but that would be a lie. But enough about me … kind of. Last night I was once again given the invaluable opportunity by Tom Gonzalez and Biogen Idec to speak to a group of MS patients and their families. The people that I meet and hopefully encourage at these talks is truly mind boggling. Last night was no different. I was Blessed to spend a great deal of time with a man whose wife not only has MS, but who recently underwent a quadruple bypass. He was desperate to help her get more active and more healthy. She is confined to a wheelchair … right now. Through our conversations of her dreams, she wants to get out of the wheelchair. We talked about the extremely small steps that she needs to take and the fact that it just does not matter how long it takes to achieve her dreams. She wins, she beats her MS by trying … EVERY DAY. Earth to Trace! Last night was so important to me. I have been slacking. Without an excuse. Last night removed my excuse to have a pity party for myself and get my butt back to work. Sometimes we do not even have to look very hard to be reminded that there is always someone with a greater obstacle to overcome than us. If they are willing to try, shouldn’t we?! Get rid of your excuses and, KEEP DREAMING OUT LOUD! -Trace

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

THE IMPORTANCE OF VITAMINS/SUPPLEMENTS

We have previously talked about things that I have found that help me. We have not talked a lot about nutrition or vitamins/supplements. That is because that is one area that I have been significantly poor at understanding. Until now. I wanted to tell you about some new supplements that I have found that are really making a difference for me. Before the triathlon, I tried to take supplements and vitamins that were pure and that would help. Well, many of the things that I was taking really did not help or were not pure. Jim and another friend have recently started taking AdvoCare supplements as a part of their crazy Ironman and running training. Before changing from the many products he had used for years in his Ironman training, Jim spent the time necessary to do extensive research on the AdvoCare line. He has noticed a HUGE difference so I started taking them. HOLY COW! Gone are the days where I had a hard time keeping my eyes open after 8! I strongly suggest that you give them a try. I found that they have made such a huge difference to me that I became a distributor to get my own products at a discount. You may wish to consider doing the same but regardless, give them a try and see if they help you! You can check them out at www.advocare.com. I take Coreplex (a multivitamin/mineral supplement) Probiotic Restore Ultra and Immuno Guard. I also drink 2 to 3 Sparks (an energy drink) a day. Most products nowadays have many artificial fillers with high levels of sugar in them and most people do not know what they are actually putting into their bodies. With AdvoCare, you get the highest quality products and don’t have to wonder about what’s going in your body. With 20 years of focus on wellness, lifestyle, scientific excellence and exemplary standards, AdvoCare has created pure supplements that have made a difference to many folks seeking a healthier lifestyle, weight loss, athletes and even those suffering illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis and Autism. What got my attention was the endorsement of really major athletes and Olympians but what impressed me was when I experienced the personal improvement. Check out the website (www.AdvoCare.com). It is pretty amazing. Part of becoming healthier is monitoring what you put in your body. We all should be taking at the very least a good multivitamin. Go to the web site and check out all the products! If you decide you want to try some products, go to “contact a distributor” then “I already know a distributor” and enter distributor code “130640525”. My goal is to help others and when I find something that makes a difference I need to let you know. KEEP DREAMING OUT LOUD! -Trace