Friday, July 1, 2011

In the Midst of Travels

I am back home for a long weekend before flying out west again. This last trip was to watch our daughter complete an Ironman competition. This meant that she swam 2 miles, got out of the water and rode her bide 112 miles, and then for good measure, ran 26.2 miles. Actually she walked a good deal of the last 13 miles and was fairly nauseous - not surprising considering what she was doing. I am still trying to get my mind around the mindset that allows one to continue walk/running when you are ill, but I gather that it is not that unusual for Ironman competitors. I can tell you that they all look really happy when they get done.  Since I am on my way back out west to run a marathon at the end of next week, I do understand the joy of accomplishing a goal you have set. I am just amazed at the goals we set and the lengths we will go to accomplish those feats.

Here are a few photos of Jaye in various phases of her Ironman.

Before her swim

During the bike portion
Yes, she wore a flying pig hat for the whole marathon.
The next day with her medal and her Dad.
Needless to say, I haven't had much time for my art. I am sketching and dreaming of the day when I can get back to my sewing machine. It will come - but first I had better focus on that marathon!

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