Some pictures (taken by me):
(left) Glacier Bay, Alaska
We cruised on the Norwegian Pearl, my first time cruising on Norwegian Cruise Line. We flew into Seattle and stopped in Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and Victoria.
We all enjoyed a whale-watching tour and were fortunate to find a frisky Humpback whale splashing around!
My oldest son & I panned for gold. He brought home more gold than I did, it was hard. Twice we stopped to watch different groups of Salmon run (very cool.)
On the ship we tried bowling, my son climbed the rock wall and we learned how to juggle. A group from The Second City & comedian David Naster entertained us throughout the week.
pictures: My son & I at the Mendenhall Glacier. right - My sister & I on dress-up night.
Again, THANKS Mom & Dad! The trip was fantastic!!!
I also want to thank my hard-working Village Bootcampers! We're a crazy fun group. Keep up the good work Bootcampers!!!
picture: We enjoyed Popsicles after this summer-hot workout.
My run-walk-run was OK. I think my second half was faster, so I was pleased with that. I smiled crossing the finish and was grateful for the opportunity to race again. Ken was in the last swim wave, so I waited to see him come in on the bike and start the run. Then I packed up our gear while enjoying the gorgeous Wisconsin morning.
As I waited, I struggled with my finish time (1:51:45). I'm an IM triathlete, I should be faster right? I'm getting my USAT Level 1 Coaching Certification, I should be faster? I have a tattoo, I should obviously be fast. While I'm being somewhat silly here, I do have these nonsense discussions with myself post-race. I want to be faster. I'm just not there yet. Some things I can't force. (I had PF for 6 months last year.) For me it's a mix of strength, confidence, aerobic capacity and mental skills, all coming together.
Ken finished strong with a 2nd place agegroup and 11th place overall. He missed Top 10 by 1:47. He immediately thought of one place that ate time. We moved on, overall very happy with the race and being able to be there together.
We walked over to the food tent and enjoyed our post-race meal: hotdogs, fruit, chocolate, beer & cheese! It was great. As we ate, a lady doing her first triathlon approached the finish line area. As she ran down the street she called out, "I am amazing!!! I'm finishing my first triathlon!!!"
I immediately teared up, the way I do when watching the Olympics. At the same moment I was both happy for and envious of this woman. She knows she's amazing and she was able to shout it out as she became a triathlete.
Question for you:
Have you had a finish-line moment like this? As an athlete or as a spectator?
p.s. If you missed Steve in a Speedo?! Gross!'s post on his SUGOI Velocity tri suit, check it out here. WARNING-this post gets somewhat intimate!
photos: by me/us.