Yesterday, we got up early and drove to Miami to watch Kyle and his friend, Jordan Ziegler, in an Iron Man competition. The race is a half triathlon, consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bicycle race, followed by a 13.1 mile run.
Kyle and Jordan started at 7:00 a.m. and we were able to be there just as the swim started. Here are the swimmers coming into finish.
And here’s Kyle, just as he’s finishing the swim.
Kyle hustled over to his bike and changed as Jordan finished the swim and joined him. Kyle had plenty of energy left for the bike race.
There were lots of racers still in the water, their bikes awaiting riders.
It was quite a course through the Redlands farm country.
We caught up to Kyle and Jordan at the southermost part of the course and waited at the turn. Here they are the first lap (Jordan in blue, then another rider in red, then Kyle in yellow):
And around again on the second lap (from Dale’s vantage point atop the Jeep). First, Jordan.
Followed closely by Kyle.
And again, from my vantage point across the street:
We drove north and caught the racers on their last leg. They had been biking into a strong wind for about an hour at this point.
I tried to help out with directions.
We weren’t able to make it to the run, but Jordan’s father and step-mother were there (and, later, they graciously treated us all to a celebratory dinner).
After the first lap, the racers were greeted by this unwelcome sign:
But it made the finish that much sweeter.
Victorious!!! And exhausted.
That’s the ticket! Almost seven continuous hours! Simply AWESOME!