I have always been extremely impressed with Hannah's athletic ability - that's one of the millions of reasons that I fell in love with her. She has always been a runner, having completed multiple marathons, and defaulting to running for her go-to workout. Hannah is a fish. She grew up in an ocean (having lived in Hawaii and Florida), or a pool, her parents faithfully driving her to swim practice several times a week. Swimming is yet another skill of hers that I am simultaneously impressed with, and jealous of. Oh, she can also bike good too. I looooooove cycling, so half-selfishly, I got her a road bike for her wedding present, so that we could ride together. For those of you that dont know Hannah, she has a bit of a competitive side to her... and when I sneakily take her on my long, occasionally hilly routes (she may argue that they are all *very* hilly), she never slows down, and never gives up.
Im not sure if its her love of competition, or her love of being active, or her love of all three of these activities, but it was inevitable that she would end up at the starting line of a triathlon sooner or later. Last year she entered her first, and second. Being new to the sport, and not sure what to expect, she chose to compete in the sprint distance.
Im no expert on triathlons, but Im pretty good with geeky stuff (even though I can't rotate the pictures either) and I know how to do a google, so here are the stats:
Standard Race Distances:
Swim (in miles)
Bike (in miles)
Run (in miles)
26.2 (Full Marathon)
So back to the story... Last year she competed in 2 triathlons, both sprint distance. Her first was the Buffalo Traithlon, and the second was the St. Croix Triathlon. She rocked both of these.
So this year, she decided to step it up, and enter into 2 more races, but this time the Olympic distance (reference the distances above, and when you're done being thoroughly impressed by the numbers, continue reading).
She decided to do the Buffalo Tri again, but for her second, she chose the Lifetime Tri.
This past Sunday, June 3rd, she completed the Buffalo Olympic Distance. She didn't sink, she didn't get any flats, and she didn't trip, or stop to walk even for a second.
IM SO PROUD OF HER!!!!
We woke up at 5:00 am, left the house by 5:30 to make the hour and a half long drive to Sturges Park in sunny Buffalo Minnesota.
We arrived around 7am, after a groggy, but fun filled drive including a brief, but energetic rock out / dance party to my new favorite song, Call Me Maybe. And no, I'm not ashamed. Its a genius song, with wonderful lyrics, and a much deeper meaning - listen to it ~10 times and you might start to understand what I'm saying. For your viewing pleasure:
Unloading the car and walking to the starting area - it was a balmy 55 degrees!
She she won! woooooo!!!
I am so so so proud of Hannah, and can't wait to see her kick butt in her next competition! And to, per her request, take her on some loooong, extra hilly bike routes!
Did someone say Ironman 2013......?