September 29, 2009
She's an Ironman!
My girlfriend Sarah just raced her first 1/2 Ironman distance triathlon this weekend in Augusta, GA. A 1/2 Ironman is comprised of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile road bike, and 13.1 mile run. She did this race in honor of Baby John Delano -- a friend's baby who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that inhibits the body's ability to process copper. She raised about $8500 for the Menke's Foundation to help them educate doctors and other medical professionals about this relatively new diseases.
I'm very proud of Sarah for this accomplishment and am glad that I got to be a part. Much of our time together the last few months has been on bike rides and runs so now I don't know what we're gonna do to hang out! HA!! Just kidding.
Baby John and his parent's, Brian and Allison, were able to make it to the race in time to see Sarah halfway through the run. Brian flew into Atlanta that morning from a work trip and then they drove to Augusta to see Sarah and be there to support her. It was great to hang out with them and with Sarah's friends from North Atlanta Multisport Club -- it gave me the chance to think that maybe, just maybe tri-geeks aren't ALL that bad!
Well, without further ado, here's a slideshow with pictures from the day. I really cannot say enough about how proud of her I am for this awesome accomplishment! I love you Sarah -- you're a rock star!
You can help Sarah and The Menke's Foundation with a tax deductible donation by going to http://www.firstgiving.com/babyjohn.
(ok, well, I can't figure out how to get the slideshow to run here but in the meantime, here's the link to the pictures on Flickr.com).