Monday, September 25, 2006

Saturday was James' big day! He completed the Half-IronMan Redman Triathlon in Oklahoma City!!! The race started at 7:00 a.m. at Lake Hefner. It was cold and windy and the lake was choppy. The lake was also very low on water because of this summer's drought. In fact, the swimmers had to walk in the water for a portion of the race because it was too shallow to stroke! We watched them run out into the lake and then it all became a sea of splashes and arms. James said the lake water was warmer than the air and that it was thrilling to be out there swimming with hundreds of other athletes.

After a 56-mile ride in very windy conditions and a 13.1-mile run, James was exhausted but still walking and talking. I found him at Louie's with friends eating a giant cheeseburger and cheering on those who were still running around the lake. He went back to the event tents for his after-race massage and then home for an early bed time.

James' plan was to retire after this race. I thought he might change his mind after the race, but he seems to be sticking to the plan. Preparing for triathlons like these takes a lot of time and he would rather spend that time riding bikes with Colin and Spencer for now. They are planning to become mountain bikers together!

Congratulations, James! Job well done!



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