Triathlon redemption

Matt Kellar and I took our families to my mother’s house in Federal Way in preparation for the triathlon yesterday evening.  We had a big roast dinner (protein loading?), sang some karaoke, and put the kids to bed.  I thought I was fairly well prepared, but I had some trouble sleeping.  From 3am on, I kept waking up about every 45 minutes, until 6am at which point I fell sound asleep and had a weird dream that I was at church and missed the triathlon.  I was actually quite convinced and bummed that I had missed the event, and was considering just going out to the lake and running it by myself, when suddenly the alarm went off, and I was so relieved that it was only 7am. 
There were a couple hundred participants just like a few years, and Matt and I were both inspired by the leading athletes in the Olympic heat.  Actually, what was more amazing was the age range of the participants.  They write your number and name on your calves (I’m not sure why).  But, when we looked around, there were many runners in their 50’s and 60’s.  Very impressive.
A few days ago, I had set my goal at 1 hour 30 minutes for this race, which would have been quite an improvement from the 1 hour and 49 minutes from 2005.  My goals were 15 minutes for swim, 45 minutes for bike ride, and 30 minutes for run.  The final times are not yet in, but from my stop watch, I think I ended up at 1 hour 27 minutes.  Admittedly, it was nice to beat my goal, but even more sweet is the fact that the rescue people in the lake didn’t paddle over to me this time.  I’m thinking I’d better be done with these events for my knees’ sake.  But, I may have one more half marathon in me, before i’m put out to pasture.
If anyone’s interested, Disney World Half-Marathon in January 2009  (it’s a Saturday).  I was hoping to get out there with my family at the end of this year, but with the baby coming, Tenille can’t fly during that time.  After this last half-marathon, I think I will transition to low-impact exercise…. like curling… or biathlon…. bow hunting…  
 Thanks to Matt Kellar, Dan Roth, and Chris Bennett for training with me.  Running and swimming isn’t always fun, but it’s a lot more bearable when you’ve got some friends to commiserate with…

Baby Boy #2 Cooking

We are expecting baby boy number two sometime the beginning of January.  I am being watched very closely by my high-risk OB.  I’ll have a scheduled C-section since my pelvis is tilted.  We’re hoping to forego the heart failure part of the operation this time.  With the heart failure and diabetes, I have doctor’s appointments every other week.  It’s a lot, but I feel good knowing that I’m in good hands.  My doctor is awesome!  We were surprised to find out so early at 13 weeks that we are expecting a boy (95% sure), but he wasn’t shy is sporting his stuff.  I have monthly ultrasounds, so we’ll have lots of opportunities to see the little guy before he makes his appearance.  Caleb is excited (for now) to be having a little brother.  Little does he know how much his world is going to be turned upside down, but I’m sure he’ll be a big helper with his good-natured personality.  We are thrilled for our family to be growing!

Vacations of 2007

We have had some fun vacations this year.  
10-Day Panama Canal Cruise, April 2007
Don’s mom took our family, Don’s sister, Paris, and her boyfriend, Alex, on a 10-Day Panama Canal Cruise.  We did a partial transit through the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal.  We visited Panama, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.  We had such a great time!  Jamaica was my favorite port.  Paris, Alex, and I went on a canopy zipline tour.  It was awesome!  We zipped along a course of 9 ropes through a forrest.  The shortest rope dropped you straight down while the longest was over 600 feet long!  After the tour, we asked the driver to take us to Dunns River Falls.  We didn’t have time to run to the boat to change into our swimsuits and sandals, so we hiked the falls fully-clothed in our tennis shoes.  We had a riot!  If you ever go to Ocho Rios, I definitely recommend hiking the falls.  Don, his mom, andCaleb went on a jerk country tour where they learned about jerk seasoning and saw some pottery making.  You can view pictures of our trip here.
Bahamas Trip, June 2007
We were fortunate to go to a credit union conference at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas in June for a week.  We made a family vacation of it and invited Don’s mom along.  The Atlantis is an amazing and gigantic resort!  There are so many aquariums and sea life to look at.  Caleb loved looking at all of the aquariums!  And, the swimming was so much fun!  There are tons of slides and tube rides, two lazy rivers, lots of kids pools.  It was a nice, relaxing vacation.  Mom and I did some shopping at the straw market, which was fun!  Don’s mom is quite the bargaining queen!  Don had some meetings to go to, but was still able to spend a lot of time with us at the pool and exploring the resort.  I highly recommend the place, but be prepared for some VERY pricey food!  You can view pictures here.
Glacier National Park, July 2007
We drove to Glacier National Park to meet my family.  We camped in tent trailers for three nights.  We went on hikes every day and saw the most beautiful scenery!  Fortunately, the Going to the Sun Road opened while we were there, so we were able to drive the entire road.  We saw so many breathtaking waterfalls, glaciers, and mountains!  We also saw one black bear, one deer, one moose, some wild rabbits, and a bunch of mountain goats.  Caleb had a great time playing with his cousins.  He’s finally to the age where he can communicate with them and play together.  He and Josh especially hit it off.  It was so cute to see Caleb running around with all of his cousins.  They all adore him since they don’t get to see him very often.  It was great to be with family and catch up.  You can view pictures here.
Our next adventure isn’t until Labor Day in September when Caleb and I will fly down to Utah for the annual Roberts Lake Powell trip.  I’m looking forward to it, but bummed that I won’t be able to ski or wakeboard.  Such are the sacrifices of being pregnant.  I’ve got Caleb enrolled in swimming lessons, so I’m sure he’ll love playing in the water with his cousins.  Unfortunately, Don doesn’t have enough vacation days, so he won’t be joining us again.  But, we will all be heading down to Utah again for Thanksgiving since we won’t be able to go down for Christmas.  Fun stuff!