KING TUT Recap
McKinney, TX – On April 13, 2014 David Brumley and Julie Jolley joined together to race the Playtri KING TUT Sprint Triathlon as a way to inspire and encourage those living with Primary Immunodeficiency. In spite of 30 mph winds and intermittent rain they finished the relay in second place. Both David and Julie have a rare form of PI called CVID (Common Variable Immune Deficiency).
David completed the lake swim and bike portion of the race. With a strong wind creating white caps on the small man made lake of the Stonebridge Beach Club, many participants struggled to stay on course.
“The swim was challenging. When I saw several men floating at the first turn buoy I tried to keep anxiety at bay by telling myself just to relax and get it done.” – David
David then headed out on the bike to face the gusting wind and treacherous corners. The proactive Playtri volunteers were posted at all the corners warning cyclist to slow down and take the corners slow due to the wet streets and high winds.
“I saw at least one person go down on a corner. I would say the challenge of the race was the weather. However, the race staff did a fabulous job of making it as safe as possible.” – David
After David finished the bike he handed off his timing chip to Julie to finish the triathlon with a 5k run. Julie had run several marathons prior to being diagnosed with CVID, but severe and persistent illness had caused her to hang up her running shoes. She has been on an effective treatment plan for a little over a year now and the TUT was her first race back.
“Participating in my first triathlon was an amazing experience! As a runner, I am used to just tying my shoes grabbing my music, and going out the front door. But being a triathlete requires so much more preparation! And let’s not forget, it was cold, rainy and windy…seeing David fearlessly jump into that freezing cold, choppy water was so inspiring. And then hopping onto the bike in at least 30 mile an hour winds- he was just fearless! I felt like I had the easy leg!” – Julie
They raced as a team for TriForBetter, an initiative started by David Brumley to inspire, encourage and equip those with PI through his involvement in endurance sports. TriForBetter aims to inspire, equip and encourage those living with primary immunodeficiency to actively pursue a better quality of life through positive lifestyle changes. It’s all about helping people find their better.
“Being able to do this for TriForBetter was the best part of the entire day! If I can inspire one person with PI to find the confidence to begin a fitness program…at whatever place they may physically be at…then every single step I took was worth it! And the 2nd place trophy was pretty sweet too!” – Julie
As you know PI is incurable, life debilitating and chronic. It can make a person feel like a victim without hope. It is because of this that we look to share our story. I would like to speak with you about my experience and how we can let others with PI know that there is hope.