|Jeff just crossing the start line... I guess he heard us cheering for him! :-)|
A few notes before I let the photos tell the story... I've told you before that Jeff is a cyclist, so the 9 mile bike was going to be a breeze for him. Although Jeff didn't train for the swim, he was confident he could do the 150 meters in the pool without a problem. The only part that he was concerned about was the run. He had never run 3 miles before, and he didn't train for this race due to time issues (work and long training bike rides with me) and because of the neuropathy in his feet. We both knew he could do it, we just didn't know how long it would take... and more importantly, how much it would hurt him.
This was a reverse triathlon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena... 3.1 mile run... 9.3 mile bike... 150 meter swim. Jeff was sure he could do it under 1 hour 30 minutes. I was sure he could do it under 1:20... photos, take it away...
|Sorry boys, you have to post your age by December 31st of the race year...|
|No nerves here... Jeff and Dave playing|
around at the start line.
|At the end of the run... he had never run 3.1 miles|
before and did it in 33:13... WITHOUT foot pain!
|Although I said the bike would be easy for him, |
he was weaving through the tight race lane and pushing hard!
|Looking good... elbow up... legs stretched... AWESOME!|
|A tradition started 5 years ago with parking lot Mimosas|
and fresh strawberries... the triathletes!
Jeff finished in 1:15 and in the top 40% overall for his first tri... and without any training on the swim or run!!! After the race, Jeff kept saying, "I did it!" "I did it!" Not in a bragging type of way. Not in a surprised type of way. But in a "I'm proud of myself... and I liked it" kinda way. Even this morning, a week later, he looked at his finisher's medal and said, "I did that!" He makes me smile because I know exactly how he feels. When I asked if he would do another triathlon, he said, "I'm not going to get as crazy about triathlons as you are, but I will do more." Yeah... let's see what distance Jeff is up to in 5 years... ;-) Congrats, my Sweet Husband. You are a TRIATHLETE!
|FLASHBACK...5 years ago, Dave challenged Jeff to do a triathlon with him. |
Jeff passed, but I thought that would be fun. I had lost my 1st 20 pounds, had a bike
to borrow and thought "what the heck!?" Thank you, Dave! :-)