Joe decided that he wanted to be a tri-athlete. After all of his running accomplishments, he was ready for another challenge. He researched different races and chose one in Saratoga Springs. This is what we got to enjoy while he was out doing his thing! Breath-taking!
Joe after his group meeting. He's ready to go!
Giving Dad a GOOD LUCK hug. We are so proud of him!
The swim was the part that Joe was the most worried about. He learned how to swim when he was little, but by no way is he a swimmer. He focused his training on the swim and kept improving. He took a swim class that helped him guide his training.
He certainly wasn't the strongest swimmer in the group of men, but he didn't come in last either! His goal was to simply finish the race and I am very proud that he did! It didn't help that the water at Utah Lake is NASTY -- he told me that he was dry heaving through the whole swim. Hopefully in the next 4-7 years the water will clear up a bit with the plans they have made for the lake.
Joe leaving the water and racing to the bikes.
Joe researched which bike he wanted to buy too! We found a really nice road bike online for only $500 or so. This will be an awesome starter bike for him and if he gets WAY into it ... we can buy him an even more stellar bike down the road. (AND he has ridden it to work several times saving us some MULAH there too!!)
100% DAD SUPPORTER ... (and look at those dimples!)
Joe coming in from the bike portion. We didn't get to view much of the bike and run. They biked/ran out into the neighborhood and then we just had to wait for him to come back
He's ready to run out for his strongest portion of the race. RUN!!
I can't believe that after all of the effort put out from the 1/2 mile swim and 15 mile bike ride ... he still was able to pull a 7 minute mile for his 5K!
Joe coming through the finish line! I was very proud of his 1:30 min time. I may have finished the swim in that time!! Way to go honey!
After the race we hung out at the lake and let Joe cool off for a bit. Jace and I walked out to the docks, pulled off our shoes and put our feet in the water. His didn't quite fit so I dropped him down to feel it. I thought he'd hate it, but the opposite was true. He splashed so hard that we were both wet to our bellies. Joe joined us out there after a bit and took over the baby dipping. We had a great time!
I can't believe we didn't get a pic of our whole family! Bummer. Ann and Wayne, Joe's parents, came out to support him too. We are very impressed with how supportive they are with everything Joe does. They came up for both of his Ragnar races and for his 1/2 marathon. Now this. What awesome parents and grandparents!! We didn't get a picture with them either. Next time!!