Monday, July 28, 2008
Jason is officially a triathlete! He competed in the Spudman Triathlon this weekend in Burley, Idaho. We had a great, wonderful time! We went up with some friends (two of whom were competing as well, Bryan and Kari) and stayed at the fab Best Western. Burley is a hole, but our hotel was nice. It had a awesome pool that the kiddies loved and lots of grass for them to play in. All three of our athletes did great, but I am especially proud of Jason. He has been training really hard the last month and all of his hard work paid off. He finished the race in 2hr 40min. He finished the swim in 22 min (1 mile), the bike in 1hr 10min (26 miles) and the run in 1hr 41sec (6.2 miles). He felt the best on the bike... he was cruising at 21 mph. The swim and the run were good and he feels wonderful about his time. It was great to see him cross that line. Kari and Bryan also did fabulous! It was so fun to support them in this. I was sad that I wasn't doing it, but Kari talked me into taking my turn in September. So we'll see how that goes.
I have to say that we did have a sad event happen during the race. A 60 year old man died during the swim. It was so sad and shocking, apparently he had a heart attack but was in really good shape. They cancelled the last group of swimmers because they were looking for him. For awhile we were worried about Bryan (he was really nervous about his swim), and we had not seen him on the route and it is a feeling and a worry that I wouldn't wish on anyone. When we finally saw him we almost collapsed with relief! My heart goes out to this mans family.
After the race, we headed back to our hotel and hung out at the pool all afternoon. Jack had a great time playing with all the kids and that night the older kids babysat the younger ones so that the adults could go out for a 3 hr dinner. It was a blast! Jason's family came up to support him so on Sunday we met them for breakfast. It was a awesome weekend! We can't wait to go back next year!