Sunday, December 02, 2007

My Hero!

My first exposure to triathlon was when I was a little girl. My dad did a sprint triathlon and I was just so proud and amazed by his achievement. To this day I wonder if I would have ever gotten into the sport if it wasn't for him.

Then when I began training and competing he was my number one fan (and mom, of course). When I would go home he would ride and run with me. I bought him a trainer last Christmas and we would spin and watch movies. He never lets me go to a race without a support crew.

He went to California for my first 70.3



And of course, he and mom made the trip out to CdA. He even warmed up my wetsuit in the morning!



Last year we were going to do the Vegas Half marathon together... until he broke his ankle into many pieces and needed surgery. He still went out there and we did the Santa Claus 5k the day before the race.




Well, not to be beaten by an injury, my dad trained through the summer to do his first half marathon down in Vegas this year. At 61 years old, he did a half marathon in 2:05:25 taking 27/105 in his age group. Just a tad over 9:30 miles. What an amazing race!

Dad, I'm so proud of you!



15 comments:

Danielle in Iowa said...

Congrats to your dad!

(But I do have to admit I was relieved to see the picture under your comment about him warming up your wetsuit for you :-))

Danny Montoya said...

Dads are truly special gifts!!! Thanks for sharing yours :)

Charlie said...

Way to go. Good job.
This is a nice post. I like hearing about great dads.The good ones never get enough recognition.

Wes said...

You're dad is one cool dude. 2:05?!?!? Amazing :-)

Curly Su said...

that's awesome. congrats to him.

Paulo Sousa said...

I like the last picture, Bob sporting the Thomson Smile (tm). Good job on the 1/2 marathon, Bob!!!

Rice said...

thats really awesome.. all the best to your dad.. and I love the shot with the 'beer belly' I had to take a second look, I thought it was a beer in his hand..

Cheers.

Rice.

DaisyDuc said...

He is one Bad Dad!!!

TrainingtoTri said...

How cute! What a nice post. It's nice to see that some families share the same interests!

BreeWee said...

What a cool story...Love the bond. I bet your support crew of family is unreal! Best to you on a speedy recovery!
Congrats to your dad!

Eric said...

Send congrats to your dad JT. That is simply awesome.

triguyjt said...

jodi- I remember my dad going with me to some races long ago, when i first got into the sport and I love how this year, my son has gotten in triathlon...but to have your dad get into racing and do the half..thats just wonderful..
what a blessing
congrats

khai said...

That's awesome. I especially like the "fat guy" pic. :)

TJ said...

Very Cool! Hope I'm that fit at 61.
And I hope I can have the same positive influence on my daughter.

Steve Stenzel said...

What a great "warming the wetsuit" pic! Nice job Dad!!!