A year ago, I was visiting Utah for Nicole's bridal shower when I got a phone call from Matt asking if I thought he should train for and compete in a triathlon 10 days later. And I said, "Why not?" And thus began an entire summer (and hopefully a lifetime!) of tri training and racing fun.
We figured it was only fitting for Matt to kick off this summer's tri season where it all started, at the Rage Triathlon at Lake Mead. This time, he figured he'd give the Olympic distance a go (he did a couple sprints and a half ironman last year but totally skipped the middle distance). Matt took off a week of work and we turned the race trip into one last hurrah of a family vacation before our little girl comes. Thanks to a move, a sick & pregnant wife, and the worst winter of our lives, Matt all but took the winter off, so he only had about six weeks of solid training under his belt heading into the race. No matter -- he still rocked it!
Matt finished the super hilly course (the bike ride alone had a 3500 ft elevation gain) in 2:43 and even took third in his super competitive division! He's awesome like that. Go Matt!
|You know you like the look of the band from my still-too-big maternity capris showing through my shirt.|
We stayed with some of our BFF's who live in Vegas and made a weekend of it. Carolyn was the sweetest and let Jake stay behind to sleep in and play with her daughter Emery while I cheered Matt on (did I mention she is having baby #2 any day now?). Jake was quite enthralled with Daddy and his medals when we got back. He was even more excited to spend the next week straight with that Daddy that he loves so much. It was such a great trip! Plenty more to come.