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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Matt's first Tri

This is the story of how Matt became a triathlete.
Once upon a time, our friends Shawn and Whitney Killpack moved to Edwards on April 2nd. We had them over on April 3rd. Matt and Shawn became workout buddies on April 4th. On April 11th, I got a phone call from my husband while I was in Utah, asking if he could race in a triathlon with Shawn in Las Vegas on April 21st. He hadn't swam more than 100 meters or ridden a bike in years, but hey, why not? So next thing I knew, I was in Vegas cheering on my husband who had trained for his first triathlon for a whopping ten days.

We stayed with our friends Talon and Carolyn, and the six of us (well, eight including babies) woke up in the middle of the night in order to be at Lake Mead at the crack of dawn. Matt's race started first since he did the sprint distance -- 800M open swim, 12.4 mile bike ride on the worst hills imaginable, and a 5K in the sand to top it off. For good measure, Mother Nature decided to grace that spring day with a 98-degree high temperature, which meant our boys were racing around 90-degrees.

But that hardly mattered, because Matt rocked it! He placed tenth in his division, beating out a few dozen guys who I'm sure trained for more than a week-and-a-half. I spent the first few years of our relationship cheering him on as a college athlete, so it was fun to cheer for him again. Shawn raced the Olympic distance (he's been doing sprints for about a year and decided it was time to up his distance) and did really well, too. As soon as they were done, Matt and Shawn signed up for another triathlon in June. And thus Matt's new favorite hobby was born!

3 comments:

  1. That is so awesome! Good for Matt!!! I wish I had the endurance and patience to train and follow through with something like this. That's so fun that you and Jakey got to be there to support him, too! You guys are the cutest couple and have the sweetest, little family. I just love reading about all these exciting things you do together!

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  2. okay, that is amazing! hardly any training?!?! matt much just be in really great shape to start. good for him. i've always thought doing tri's sounded like a lot of fun but i am pretty sure i'd have to train for months first. someday i want to do a little one, i think it would be so much fun! thanks for posting these pics. and WAY TO GO MATT! ;)

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