Friday, September 25, 2009


I've got a cold, so I've finally got some time to catch up on blogging.

Almost two weeks ago, Ed finished off his short triathlon season with the FIRMMAN (half-Ironman distance) in Naragansett, RI. I got a refurbished entry-level DSLR (Olympus E-520 w/14-42mm & 40-150mm lenses) so we can get better pics of the kiddo in the future. The camera arrived just before Ed's race. I got more than 100 photos, thanks to sports mode and "microdrive." We have some time to become more sophisticated camera users before the due date, fortunately.

One thing I hate about triathlons is that they start super-early in the morning. We were on the road at 4:30 a.m. There was no coffee to be found at the race, so I had to make do with some Clif ShotBloks (dark cherry w/caffeine).

The seas were pretty choppy, which made the swim challenging. Ed was able to use his skills from our surf lesson in Waikiki in May to successfully negotiate the breaking waves at the start and finish of the swim. You can just barely see a kayaker and a buoy and a few swimmers in this pic. I guess I need a longer lens. :)

As usual, Ed had an excellent bike leg and made good use of his cyclocross mount/dismount.

Off on the run.

The last brutal .5 miles of the run was on the beach. While I was waiting to get this shot, I was standing behind two Cyclonauts guys (one of whom had crashed and had a huge rip in the back of this shorts). They were talking about pro cycling. I think one guy was from Belgium and the other kept talking about those great Belgian pros, the Schleck brothers. It was all I could do not to yell, "They're from LUXEMBOURG!!"

The finish -- 4:55.44.

Half-Ironman complete!

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