Well if has been crazy here in Spokane the last month. Over Father's Day my brother, sister-in-law and their kids came to visit. Tim had signed up to do the Coeur d'Alene (CDA) Ironman this year and so they drove up with all the gear and stayed with us for a few days. It was so fun!! Mac and Nixon really got along great, it was fun to see the cousins together. Chloe LOVED "Mixon" and was super cute with the little guys.
Nixon was helping Chloe play the piano and sing. It was funny!
We put them in the hammock together but they kinda fell on top of each other. So we got a quick snap shot before they totally freaked out.
Sunday was the CDA Ironman. Wow it was incredible. 2300 swimmers jumped into the CDA lake all at once at 7:00 am in the morning. It was a cloudy day and the water was a bit choppy so it was not easy!
Here is Tim before the race!!
Chloe and Tim... "GO DADDY"
We left Mac and Nixon back at home with Karen... thank goodness. It was cold at the beach and the babies would not have liked it at all.
Here they all are down the beach ready to race. They ALL were wearing black wetsuits and red caps...
At 6:20 am the pro's get to start the race and here is some of them getting out of the water and going through the check point.
The shot gun start... doesn't it look incredible. Tim waited 10 seconds to get in but he said there was still a TON of people running into the water.
Each swimmer has to swim 1.2 miles around the course and then get out and run through the check point which is that white arch. Then they get back in the water and swim another 1.2 miles. So the total swim is 2.4 miles.
Jon was watching Tim's bag so that we could see him transition from the swim to the bike. Isn't this a great picture of bag number 534?? Yeah Tim was 543... Jon saw someone else pick it up and thought someone stole Tim's bag. It was kinda funny.
It was a bit crazy trying to find out where Tim was and where to stand to see him. It was frustrating too because I swear no one knew anything. But we found Starbuck's and waited at the course for Tim to race by.
Yeah!! Go TIM!! The bike is 112 miles all over CDA and even goes into the next town. It is NOT flat either. Trying to see Tim in the mass of people was crazy. Every time we saw a group coming we would see white helmets and silver/white bikes. Then they would speed by... next year Tim is wearing HOT PINK I swear. Tim finished the bike in 6 hours and 23 minutes.
The run was on the sidewalk by the beach and some people had chalk so we stole some and wrote on the sidewalk for Tim.
Jon and I went back after we saw Tim on the bike and got Nixon and Mac. We all had "TEAM TIM" shirts, even the little guys.
Mac and Nixon helped Jon open his father's day gift.
I got him a shade for sleeping... it's our joke.
We headed back up to CDA after awhile. After the bike you have to run a FULL marathon. Yeah sounds fun right... a whole 26.2 miles and again it's not flat.
We felt so bad that it started raining and was cold. Not ideal for a race.
We were so worried that we had missed Tim on the run through the second time around. We went to the finish line and prayed he at least hadn't gone through there yet. We didn't wait long and there he was racing to finish.
Tim finished the run in 4 hours and 39 minutes. Total time was 12 hours and 32 minutes to finish the 140.6 miles. INCREDIBLE!!
Me and Mom!
The finisher gear isn't sold until the next day in CDA. They give the racers until midnight to finish so the finisher gear is put out after that. So we went back up to CDA and went by the famous golf course. Here is the floating green.
We are so proud of Tim and all his hard work. Watching the Ironman made me want to sit on the couch and eat icecream all day. WOW they are amazing! Great job Tim we love you!