Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Braden!

Braden has been counting down the days to his party,which was Sunday...then to his real now until he goes to stay with his grandparents....Saturday. Fortunately at seven he can count and has a great concept of time.

Wishing the best boy in the world a very Happy Birthday!

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Monday, May 2, 2011

18 minutes 54 seconds & 48 degrees

 Waiting patiently.....or not so patiently to be lined up for the first wave of swimming.

 Getting advice from Dad. He's explaining how as soon as he climbs out, Braden needs to run out the doors to the area where his bike and clothes are set up in the rain.

He even made the news with his swimming! He's right at the beginning.....

 Jumping in!

 Drew helping him out the door. It was so cold and I know his instinct had to be "no way am I running outside"

 Parents couldn't help, but a volunteer was able help him finally squeeze his wet body into semi-dry pants, socks and shoes.

 He had to push his bike to where the sign is, before he could hop on and ride for one mile.

 Once the bike was thrown down, his helmet got a little stuck, but then he was off for the 1/2 mile run. I promise at this point, none of the kids had a smile on their face. 

 It's hard to see him, I was juggling an umbrella and the camera, but here he comes for the big finish!
18 minutes and 54 seconds. He didn't place, but we are sooooooo proud of him for doing it! They had about 80 kids participate, and in this weather, that's amazing! All proceeds from the event benefit our local Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization.

 Blake was a little nervous the whole time. He said more so than when he runs his own races. 

 Blake got his hugs in before they could get a medal on him. This is our good friend and swim teacher Jenny!

Not sure if ice water hit the spot, but we ran and got some hot chocolate as soon as it was over!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

He finished!

In 48 degree pouring rain and hail, Braden swam 50 meters, biked 1 mile on the Spiderman bike, and ran a 1/2 mile, all in 18 minutes and 54 seconds! We are so proud of him! Amazingly he said he would do it again next year!

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Braden's First TRYathlon

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