Saturday, August 21, 2010


Last weekend John and I traveled to Minneapolis so I could compete in my first triathlon!

I opted for a short distance than John's triathlon, as running is not my forte! I swam 500 meters, biked 15 miles and ran 3.1 miles. I knew starting the race that I could do all three of these as separate events, but was concerned that I wouldn't be able to do them back to back.

I got off to a rocky start in the swim. I tried to keep up with the "big dogs" and got gassed early.
Thankfully, I was able to make up some time on the bike and finished the run sloooowly, but I did not stop, and did not walk!

John and I figured if I did well in all three legs, I could finish around 2 hours. I finished in 2:01:23! I was pretty happy. I had a great experience. My good friends in Minnesota, Christine and Neil came to cheer me on, and of course John was there encouraging me too.

And...I have to throw this in too....after the race we grabbed some lunch and spent another 6 hours SHOPPING! It's amazing what fatigue and soreness I will work through just to go shopping :). John was a good sport about it!

Sadly, I think the triathlon season is about over for the mid-west but John is going to get one more race in this season in Waterloo on September 26! I think we're hooked!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

John's Triathlon

On Sunday John completed his first Triathlon!

1500 meter swim, 26.8 mile bike and 6.2 mile run-- all under 3.5 hours!

The first Omaha Triathlon kicked off at 6:03 am with the swim and while the water was warm and the weather was perfect John said the bike and run were tougher than expected (both full of hills and uneven trails).

And as expected, despite his extreme exhaustion following the race, John was already looking for his next race to compete in that evening!

He is somewhere in there...

Out of the water, headed for the bike
Off on the bike!
Just starting the run! Even stop to pose at the finish line- what a trooper!


A couple weeks ago we took our annual Brees Family trip to Ely, MN and had a WONDERFUL time! Having never been with Sloane I was worried about bugs, cold weather, and sleeping arrangements but it could not have been more perfect!

Jane and Ernie and Jaclyn and Aaron we all so eager to take her for a walk in her wagon or out to feed the ducks. Everyone was so helpful, John and I hardly lifted a finger!

Here are a few of the photos....