Monday, August 27, 2012

Get out and TRI

Yesterday was my first triathlon and it was awesome! I had two friends who also competed in it (Rachel and Salem), and it was great to have them there to help shake off some of the nerves I had before we started.
It took place at Durand Beach on Lake Ontario on one of the most beautiful mornings of the summer. I arrived pre-sunrise to set up my stuff, and was able to watch the sun come up over the lake.
I really had no idea what to expect. I just knew that I wanted to try my best and push myself.
We started off with the swim which was 1/2 mile. Luckily the water was clear and calm which made for an easier swim. After I got out of the water, I headed to the transition area to get my bike. That was a little stressful, but I was able to get all my gear on and head out to the next part, the biking. The ride was 12 miles. I had only trained on a stationary bike, which did not prepare me for all the hills that we had to climb. Luckily it was so green and beautiful and that helped distract me from the burning feeling in my legs. The last part was the 5K run. My legs felt like bricks when I started moving. Yet as I kept going, they felt better and stronger. It was so wonderful to finally reach the finish line!
The BEST part of the race was seeing Bryson and the boys cheering me on at the sidelines. They missed the swimming part (which may have been my favorite, although my best time was on the run) but I heard their cheers while I was biking, and Daniel even gave me high '5' during the run! All the boys ran to meet me at the finish line and gave me a hug (and were then covered in sweat!).
It was a great experience and I am hoping to do it again (soon). 

Before the swim with Rachel and Salem

Just getting out of the water and heading to transition.

waving to the boys on the bike

the 3 amigos waiting for me to run by

this is the gorgeous view I had during the running portion of the tri

Daniel was my best cheerleader! I was so happy to see him.

I was so exhausted but very excited to be done (and to hold my little Andrew)

Salem and I after the race. 

I was pretty happy about all of my times except for maybe the biking part. I definitely could use some work in that area! I ended up placing 5th place in my age bracket, which felt pretty good! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Richards' Challenge

This year marked the 7th annual Richards' Challenge at Deep Creek Lake. This challenge is a serious event with serious competitors (I am sure some family members are training for 2013's challenge as you are reading this). We even have a special t-shirt made for everyone, and I thought this year's was awesome.
There is no real prize for the winning team other than bragging rights for the whole year (priceless). 

Everyone in the family competes and is involved, but Dayna and Steve are the masterminds behind this challenge. They work to come up with the different contests and this year's events did not disappoint. 

We started off with a team hot dog eating contest. We did not want our athletes to compete on an empty stomach.

The other events where:
A breath holding contest (competitors where Daniel, Jordan, and Jayne)
Team push-up challenge
Long jump
Swim race
Group Trivia

Did I mention that my team won? We took 5 of the 9 events (it was a close one).
We love the challenge and look forward to it every year!

The smallest (but most spirited) members of the teams

Me with my little VIPs. 

I cannot seem to stop kissing this particular member of my team

Daniel brought his A game and was ready to compete

James was more focused on his cars

The next couple of photos have little to do with the challenge, but I cannot get enough of this cute guy

The hot dog challenge

Elyse was a machine

Daniel told me this was his 'challenge' face. Pretty intimidating if you ask me.

My team

Daniel looks like he is going to be sick

James is anxious about the outcome

We are the winners!


Then we had a flag ceremony and sang the national anthem

Next was the volleyball game. These three guys pulled off a win

Watching the volleyball game from the sidelines

Taylor and James celebrating the victory

After that was the hot tub challenge. Daniel was able to hold his breath the longest. Jordan came in a close second.

I did not get pics of the other events (I was competing!), but here is the picture of our winning team. Good work blue!! Can't wait for next year's challenge!