Saturday, October 1, 2011

Coffee...on the Fam

I think I've got to break out of the "every blog post has to be a literary masterpiece that goes on for about 4 scrolls of the web page." Of course that begs another question...have I produced any literary masterpieces yet? I'm betting Dr. Clairborne, my college English professor would say...umm..no. She hated my overuse of commas. You probably do too.

Yesterday marked a significant day in my life. Sixteen years ago I married the love of my life, and by some odd stretch of cosmic fate, she's still stuck around this long. I gotta give her credit, I think her being able to stand my very existence probably says a lot more about her patience and grace as a woman than it does my efforts as a husband. I never did learn to put the seat back down. Most days I still don't pick my clothes up out of the floor. For whatever reason she's hung around this long, I'm forever grateful. Without her, I'd literally only be half a person. Probably a hermit living in a cave somewhere eating bowls of cereal (lots and lots of cereal...and not Kashi either). I know this...I would have NEVER picked up running had she not signed up for a race. She has been, and continues to be an amazing inspiration to me. Maybe I'll have her to a guest blog to let her tell her story on training for MCM. It's been quite a journey. So I guess you can blame her for the running monster that I've become. Happy 16th Anniversary Christy...I love you.

Speaking of her inspiration, my son who is 10 participated in his very first Triathlon last weekend. He's a competitive year-round swimmer, so we knew that wouldn't be much of a chore for him, plus he rides his bike most days.Our only concern was with his running ability. He's run with his mom and I on some slower recovery runs and has struggled at times.

The Triathlon was a 100 yard swim, 3.1 mile bike and 1/2 mile run. He did really well on the swim, and he said he felt really good on the bike as well. He said the run nearly killed him. It was a two lap circle of the soccer fields at the YMCA, so I ran the 2nd lap with him to try to encourage and not allow him to stop and walk pace him in. When he finished, he literally wouldn't talk to us for 10 minutes. Not because he was mad...he was completely wiped out. It was extremely gratifying to see him put so much into something and try his very best.

Ready to hit the water


T1=That's Triathlete lingo for Transition Area One.
On the home stretch on his carbon fiber triathlon bike...oh wait, that's a 40 pound mountain bike. Sorry.

After the race...The half smile and thumbs up were coerced.
He was 18th out of 58 overall, but he was happy that he was 1st in his age group in the swim, and 8th in the swim overall. Much to the chagrin of triathletes everywhere, he said that the swim was the easiest part. I could not be prouder of him. His 7 year old sister wants to do it next year. Maybe instead of a college fund we should start a triathlon bike fund for these kids.

As for me, I got back on track this week. I hit all my workouts and completed a 20 miler this morning. I felt pretty good, with the normal ups and downs, but I felt like I fueled well so I think I've settled on nutrition plan for the marathon, which is now...29 DAYS AWAY!!!!! I am exactly one week away from the taper.

I don't say it enough, but I want to thank everyone who reads and comments (both online and offline) on this blog. I hope its brought motivation, inspiration and humor to your lives. I hope I can continue bringing it...or rather start bringing it at some point in time.*

*not guaranteed to ever bring it

5 comments:

Life as a Convert (Khourt) said...

Yippie!!!

Life as a Convert (Khourt) said...

Now that I can comment I forgot what I was going to say at first.. I think it had to do with me not even knowing they had tris for children but thats really awesome. I hope he enjoyed it and plans to do many more!

David H. said...

Happy anniversary!

Christy said...

Jacob and I just read this post. :) He laughed about the bike comment. You really underestimate yourself! You are a good man. We are blessed by the kind of husband, father, and person you are. Love you much, babe!!

Cindy said...

Aww, what a sweet post!! BOTH of you inspire me and I'm so thankful for our friendship! Yall are gonna do great at M.C.!!