He did it! My husband is a Half Ironman!
On Saturday, we woke up super early to get ready before his 6:53am swim start. We walked down together and I said good by while he entered into the transition area.
I was so bummed that I left my memory card at home and my phone died seconds after snapping the top pic. I stayed down at the docks to see Jeff off and watched him swim out until I lost track. I walked back to the house to hang out with Kenzie and Shannon while tracking Jeff on the laptop.
We were really fortunate that the bike portion went right in front of my aunt & uncle’s place. When the tracking indicated Jeff would be riding by, we all went outside to cheer on the riders. Kenzie was a master of cowbelling and made it look cute!
We worked that bell so much…I gave myself a blister. Hahaha, only me.
The run was the leg I was most worried about for Jeff. He had been working on his swim and was doing great! He’s a strong rider and his legs would be pretty fresh (he swims with mostly his arms). But the run…on dead legs. I was worried.
But I didn’t have to be – he did AWESOME! He ran the whole 13.1 miles without walking once. That is amazing! Especially after riding 56 miles. We made it down to the finish line to see him cross.
And not only did he finish strong, he finished in under 7 hours. I’m totally impressed!
We went back to the condo for a quick shower and then out for some pizza. Jack who made it down and was able to support Jeff by catching him 5-6 times on the course went with us. I was so happy Jeff had someone who was running all over to catch him. Kenzie kept me limited to certain spots, so having Jack down there was a blessing.
The next day we headed to Joe’s Crab Shack for a celebratory lunch.
Jeff has already started talking about next year’s race. I have to be honest, I’m excited to spectate too!
Congrats Jeff, you are a Half Ironman!