Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kid's Neighborhood Triathlon!

We've been talking for a long time about having the kids do a little tri, but haven't been able to enter them in an official race yet.   The day after my tri, we decided to set one up for them in our neighborhood! =)

This first picture is from a picnic we had at High Park in Derby the other day...

 These geese were quite entertaining and bold!

 Sunday morning game fun =)

Okay, on to the tri!

My job was timer/photographer... which proved to be quite a challenge all at once!   Philip managed the distances and went with the kids on the bike and run portions.

Ready to swim!   How adorable is she in my swim cap?? =)

 Not a great picture, but this is Keenan swimming

Riah swimming

 Transition time!

 This will take some practice... they used a LOT of time in transition =)


 Off on the bike! (You can see Riah in the left of the pic)

 Moriah heading back in from the bike


 Caleb was the water boy =)

 Off she goes!

 Run, Riah!

 Keenan coming in from his (much longer) bike

 Get out there, Keenan!

 Off he goes!

 Here she comes, in to the finish!

 Big smile

Caleb congratulating her =)

 Keenan coming around on his first loop

 Greeting a fan

 Philip ran the last loop with him

 Almost done!

 Smiling in to the finish

 So proud of these two!!!

 They both agreed they need much more practice, but I think they came away with a little more appreciation and respect for the event. =)


Keenan's total time was 25:18
He swam 75 meters in 1:24
He rode 3 miles in 11:22
He ran 1 mile in 9:32

Moriah's total time was 16:57
She swam 30 meters in 47 seconds
She rode 1 mile in 7:50
She ran 1/2 mile in 5:07

Monday, August 29, 2016

Open House to Celebrate the Pennys!

Three hours after we got back from the triathlon, we had an open house here for the Pennys. They are adopting TWINS next month!

Melissa's parents were in town and it was so much fun to have them here!    Michelle was super sweet and ran the kitchen beautifully (and even cleaned up after!) and Charlie brought his Margarita machine and it was the highlight of the party! =)

The science of margaritas

Here are a bunch of people most of you don't know (and I don't know a couple of them), but this is who was here:

Janita, Lindsay, Elsie, Eden

Tam, Ruby, Moriah, Eden

This is NOT what I ordered from Costco, but it was delicious nonetheless!  Haha! =)

Kelly and Dawnita

Michelle (Melissa's mom) and Tiara (Devin's sister)

Some of the dudes present:
Charlie (Melissa's dad), Ben (Kelly's husband), Devin and James (Devin's BIL)

Melissa, Jessica and Kelly

Some of the gifts!

Mel and I

Holly and two friends I don't know

Lindsay, Eden and Christa

Tiara, James and Lacey (the one with Devin's kidney!)

Nick and Michaela

Michelle and Charlie again

Bonnie, Heather, Charis and Katie

Drew and Josh being hams

Devin and Melissa hamming it up over gifts =)

This was Such a fun time!   I'm so glad that so many people came out to celebrate Devin and Melissa, and am so grateful for all the sweet friends who pitched in to help with food, etc... it was the most stress free party I've ever hosted!

Cannot WAIT for that little boy and girl to make their appearance SOON!

Tiara Triathlon 2016

Tiara Tri time again!

I have been looking forward to this race since we did it last year!!    Melissa and I were joined by two friends this year (and we're hoping to again double our attendance next year!)  =)

Melissa and Devin picked up my bike and I shortly after 5 am, and then we picked up Devin's sister, Tiara from her hotel in El Dorado before arriving at the race site shortly after 6.   We got our spots in transition (exactly where we were last year!) picked up our race packets, got our body marking done and waited for the sun to come up.

Michaela (the experienced triathlete in our group) arrived a while later and racked her bike with ours.

Melissa, Tiara, Me and Michaela
(Notice my suit says, "Swim, Bike, Mom!")  I love it! =)

Haha!  I love that one of the volunteers photo bombed this one

Into the swim!

The course was definitely longer this year than last year!!

Okay, one event down!

Off on the bike!

I cut over a minute off my bike time this year (thanks, Jeff Doolittle for tuning it for me!) and my max speed was 30 miles an hour!

Back into transition...

My transitions were faster this year, too

Let's go!

A smile for my fam!
(This race bib belt was a wonderful gift from Rebekah - and saves me time and keeps me from having to make holes in my suit with safety pins!  Yay!)

Crossing the last bridge before turning in to the finish

Oh, sweet finish line!


All four of us at the finish!

These woman are so awesome!
(Michaela, in the blue, finished 5th Overall, even after a bike wreck and having to put her chain back on!   She's an animal!)

My sweet support team!
(Thanks for getting up so early and cheering me on!)

The numbers from this year's race:

400 meter swim, 9.5 mile bike and 3 mile run.

I placed 19th out of 76 individuals (there were teams as well)
My time was 1:12:48
I placed 33rd in the swim (compared to 52nd last year)
My swim time was 10:24
I placed 14th in the bike (compared to 32 last year)
My bike time was 32:04.
I placed 33 in the run (compared to 26 last year)
My run time was 28:18.

We left early because we had checked the results and figured I hadn't placed, but I found out on the way home that I had actually placed 3rd in my age category!  Fun!

 This year's shirt and medal