Challenges: Triathlon fundraiser + Goodreads mini-review

Triathlon progress
My triathlon training for Nautica Malibu is going all right. I am running up to 8 miles a week and this weekend is my intermediate group bike ride. A big reason I’m participating is to help raise funds for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Last year, the Disney Triathlon Team raised almost $200K (of the $1.2 million total donated). This year we’re looking to surpass that amount to benefit life saving research for children who really depend on the hospital’s medical services. If you have the means to make a charitable gift this year don’t wait until December. You can make a tax-deductible donation on my page linked below right now.

My Nautica Malibu personal page

There’s a special challenge through Friday, May 6, at 6pm (PST) to raise as much as possible so if you donate within this period, and I happen to raise the most funds I will have my entry fee for the triathlon refunded. I will, of course, be happy to donate that entry fee amount to the hospital as well, should that refund happen. You may donate after that time as well, and any amount helps! Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.

Reading update
I am now 1/3 of the way through my reading challenge. I’ve discovered quite a few titles that I’d like to read per my friends’ lists of books that they want to read. Who knew reading could be so mutually beneficial outside of book clubs?

Mini-book review:

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

keywords: young-adult, sci-fi, dystopian fiction

An enjoyable & quick read in the vein of OSC’s “Ender’s Game” series in that the kids have to do the heavy lifting for their society at a hefty price. The book centers around a teenage girl protagonist who has chosen to represent her district in a battle that could change her life, or take it. I would give it 5 stars if I were in a different mood, but at the moment my one gripe is that the book has no standalone ending. Not only does it lack closure for the current storyline it introduces more drama after the denouement, setting up the 2nd book in the trilogy. Who really enjoys blatant “to be continued” endings? Still, can’t wait for the film.

View all my reviews

Next, I will detail my BarCampLA experience from this past weekend so there will be a bonus post this week!

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About madeline

a digital media pro w/ lots to learn. just the way i like it. i read, learn, and do things to make my inner kid proud (via A Mad Vox podcast, coming soon). View all posts by madeline

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