the character of a triathlete

I read a post by our good friend, Rebecca Darling, of R We There Yet Mom, called Top Ten Travel Moments of 2014 and loved it.  It got me really thinking about our top triathlon moments of the year, so I decided to use Rebecca for inspiration.

This year was VERY eventful for us, both good and bad.  So, we thought we’d revisit a few special moments.  But, rather than just list ours, we thought it would be fun to ask you to share your special triathlon moments of 2014.  All you have to do is write a blurb about a favorite moment from this past year and include a picture if you have one.  Either send us an email at [email protected], post on Facebook, or comment below.  We will then include them in an upcoming post.  To get you started, here’s several of ours…


Carl and Bob at his first Olympic distance triathlon.

Sharing a first…It meant so much to Carl and I to be with our friends, Bob and Debbie, for his first Olympic distance triathlon at the Westchester Triathlon.  Just to share the experience with someone so excited and happy over doing a triathlon was the best.  He had no expectation about finishing in a certain time; he simply wanted to finish and take it all in at the same time.  We had lunch with them after the event and guess what everyone talked about – surprise – triathlons!!  Bob had so much fun he decided he’s going to do a half in 2015.  I only hope we can be there for another first…


Carl and Mirnda Carfrae in Hawaii.

Meeting a hero….Not only was Carl in Kona for the Ironman World Championships, but we were sitting at lunch at the Four Seasons Hualalai and he looked over at the table next to us and lo and behold, there sat Mirinda Carfrae, the current (and little did we know, soon to be again) Ironman World Champion.  I rarely see my trihubby get so flustered and giddy at the same time, which made this triwife happy.

With my encouragement to go over, he did and I got this picture.  Just to show you how flustered he got, he sat back down and went, “Oh my God.  I didn’t realize she’s sitting with Mark Allen and I didn’t say anything to him.”  (He just happens to be a six time world champion himself).  So, he jumps up and runs back over to apologize.  Another luminary at the table included Mirinda’s husband, Tim O’Donnell, the current Ironman 70.3 World Champion.  Not bad….

Now, your turn.  Share everyone…