The Hy-Vee 5i50 Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa!

I just got back from Iowa, and am close to passing out, but I thought I would see if I could somehow embed a Picassa stream into a message. Who knows? I suppose we will find out.


Before I attempt that, I will offer up a little back story: My sister-in-law, Sarah (one of the most amazing and kickass girls/ladies around) invited us to come up to smoke some brisket with her husband, Dave, hang out with her beautiful daughter, Ellie and then on Sunday watch her swim in a freaking TRIATHLON! She just had a kid - I'm not sure when exactly, so I will say it was the day prior to the event. Anyway, she is in fantastic shape, and has found some friends that are as insane as she is. One group swims, one runs, and one bikes. I woke up at 4am or so to go to something I had never seen nor, honestly, thought much about. Go to a triathlon.

HOLY CRAP! There are a LOT of people there - and almost all of them were nice. It was odd. Seeing guys who forced themselves like a sausage into a wet suit made me feel a bit better about how I look when I don one.

As anyone who has read my blog certainly knows, my photography skills are sub-par, so I go by the mantra "Spray-and-pray" - and by sheer probability, I manage to get one or two good shots...(Out of over 1000, generally)




It worked! It worked! I had such a blast there. And just seeing all those people who did not, by any stretch of the word, fall under the definition of "athletic" has cemented my goal of riding my new-old bike everywhere.

I will be that husky lad keeping traffic backed up.

Comments

  1. I also ride my bike everywhere. :D

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  2. I can't see the images, perhaps it's just me?

    Anyway nice post regardless; it's amazing that she was able to compete like that just after having a kid.

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  3. I don't know how to ride a bike. True story.

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  4. Oh, that's great, boog blog btw

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  5. oh, that's cool, great blog btw

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  6. cant see the images either but very curious, keep up the good work

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  7. Awesome! Love your writing style! Keep up the good work!

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  8. I have been to a few triathlon's and watched immensely fit crazy people do them, including my brother-in-law. He even competed in the half Iron Man in Germany a few weeks back! He is proper crazy!!! But, I have also seen one woman being removed from the event as she was still only half way through the swim as people were finishing the whole thing! My heart went out to her.

    You should definitely get on your new-old bike! I actually cycled to work as I promised and it felt brilliant.

    I might do a triathlon one day... soon... ish...

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  9. PS... thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  10. Oh wow.... I really would not have the energy nor stamina to pull off a triathlon. I can barely swim a lap without huffing and puffing and wanting a cigarette (probably the source of my lack of fitness, I know.... -_-)

    Besides, I don't think I'd look particularly appealing in a wetsuit lol

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  11. good luck on riding your bike everywhere

    following

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  12. Wow. That's tenacity! I'll check the next tri-athalon out when it hits my area.

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  13. Honestly, nothing's better than a good ol' day outside, and feeling like you accomplished something :D

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  14. Bike! Bike to your hearts content!

    I like doing excercise alongside unathletic people, as well...

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  15. Images aren't working for me either.
    Also, she is hardcore if she was in a triathlon the day after giving birth hahahaha

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  16. i cannot see the images as well
    also is even human your sister XD? haha so insane
    having a kid and in no time already doing a sport haha

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  17. My friend smoked meat for me once. hmmm sounds dirty.

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  18. Wow, good timing on the baby. It'd be a shame to miss the triathlon. +follow

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  19. 2-3 good pics out of a thousand shots is actually about right. The difference between a good photographer and a bad one is in what pictures they decide to show. Some photographers just can't see their good shots - they have them they just don't know which ones they are. Such people can benefit from a good agent or even a spouse with a good eye.

    Amway, the first thing I learned in art school was don't ever make excuses for your art. Let other people make up their minds don't make them up for them. If you say you aren't very good people will believe you.

    People will project onto art things you could never expect. Let them explore your photos on their own and tell you what photos mean to them. It's a lot more fun.

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  20. Wait, you mean there are other ways to take pictures other than spamming?

    (Also, I can't see them. :( )

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  21. I ever wanted to begin a training for triathlon. and then to participate by small contest at first and then maybe to make the iron-man.

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  22. I'm also having trouble seeing the images, but nice post regardless.

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  23. Triathlon?! She's more of a man than I am. -.-' :D

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  24. Just the THOUGHT of doing a triathlon makes me exhausted. LOL.

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  25. How did you take invisible photos :0

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  26. nice read but i can't see the pic + following

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  27. i'm pretty sub-par at photography as well. i've really gotta start shooting more.

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  28. heh, I tried a triathlon a while ago. I was pathetic but at least i finished.

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  29. Very strong who participates in triathlon.

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  30. Hey, I didn't know the picasa thing either :). That's great to hear :).

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