Monday, September 28, 2009

He doesn’t do much Halfway

 

The night before Ryan ran his first Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run), this is what I told him:

“I am proud of you.  This race exemplifies everything you are.  You are a man who stretches yourself in every area of your life.  You set goals to do what is hard for you, whether in fitness, parenting, serving God or in marriage.  You stretch yourself and you accomplish what many people would simply say is ‘Too hard’.  This race is why you are the man you are.

And that was BEFORE he got his awesome time of 5:55:44. 

The cheerleaders:

 

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Right before the last 1 mile of the race.  He was dead, but you can’t tell.

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The finish line:

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The “congratulations package” brought over by the Daines.  It was full of 6 packs of treats, because he did the race in under 6 hours.

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**And EXTRA big thanks to Ryan’s aunt Susan and Uncle Jerry, who went above and beyond in the hosting/feeding/loaning car/cleaning up after us category.  And Mark and Mandy who drove down to Jerry and Susan’s to give moral support over the big weekend! 

20 comments:

kara jayne said...

ummmmm....wow!

Adrianne said...

I couldn't complete one of those categories separately, let alone combined. Gabe ran away from me today and I had to chase him a half a block and it almost killed me. Ryan continues to be a rockstar in my book.

G and G Nut said...

Oh, yes, we are sooooooooooooooooo proud of you! There's no half about it!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Carie said...

Okay. He is amazing. (and you are his perfect match because you stretch yourself as well.)

Jenna said...

Wow! My husband the marathoner is VERY impressed~! Great time!

Bethany said...

That is an awesome time! What an accomplishment. What was your swim time? I keep meaning to tri-race again, but actually doing it is A LOT more amazing! I

Matthews Family said...

Ryan, I have to agree with Jessica's observation of the person you are. Bart and I congratulate you on your accomplishing this feat! You always inspire me.

Lots of love big brother!!!

Stacy said...

Good job Ryan!

Brigitta said...

so Awesome!!!!!!!

Erin said...

That is so far beyond amazing! Seriously!!

diane said...

Our husband's may be related. Well done. I don't get it but I am a good cheerleader.

crystal said...

Sheesh! I take a blogging break for the summer and look what Ryan is doing when I return.

Show off.

crystal said...

(just kidding)

Lauren in GA said...

Jessica, I love what you said to him. He is really amazing and so are you. You both stretch yourselves and it is inspiring to me.

The cheerleader picture made me teary.

Ilene said...

Way to go Ryan! Wow.

I wish I had a third of your and Jessica's stretching ability.

Tristan said...

Way to go! I'm always impressed with things like this!

nurse graham said...

Wow that is a great time! But now will feed that boy because in the last picture his face looks super skinny (and the camera is supposed to ADD 10 pounds!)

Hazen5 said...

What a Stud! I can't even imagine!

Tammy said...

Congrats Ryan, I am so impressed. Half IronMan Races are seriously for such a small percentage of the population, and that is a huge accomplishment.

Tammy said...

Congrats Ryan, I am so impressed. Half IronMan Races are seriously for such a small percentage of the population, and that is a huge accomplishment.