Michael Jordan took a break, too.

Through a lot of thought and internal turmoil, I’ve finally decided that I’m not participating in the 2011 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. It’s been a really great run (six years in a row!) and each year has been even better than the last, but it’s time for a break. I figure, much like Michael Jordan, I’ll end it on a good note.

I was the sweep captain last year with a fantastic group of sweep van folks that I seriously loved. Regina came all the way to the 612 to participate in her first 3 Day. With the help of my awesome friends both on and off the 3 Day, it was an experience I’ll never ever forget… just like the previous five years.

If you’re thinking about doing it this year, do it. You won’t regret it. It will change your life. Every day during the event and leading up to the event, whether you walk or you crew, you’ll find something deep within yourself that you never even knew existed. You’ll pull from strengths you didn’t know you had and surprise the heck out of yourself when it’s all over. Visit http://www.the3day.org right now and register. Don’t second guess yourself.

The fundraising isn’t easy by any means, but if that’s the thing scaring you away from doing it, don’t let it. Email me. I’ll give you some proven ideas that have helped me raise thousands of dollars every year. People are more generous than you’ll expect.

The walking? Yeah, it’s not easy either. My kid said the other day, “Why do they make you walk even after you’ve raised all that money? Why can’t you just raise the money?” Explaining awareness to him was a lot harder than I thought it would be. If you register for The 3 Day and don’t finish all 60 miles, I guarantee you that nobody’s going to think any less of you. I promise.

I’ll be back. And I’ll be asking for your donations once again sometime in the future.