My friend Chris always says that when you are out running a marathon or doing something like an Ironman, the key is to remember that this is all a gift. Says Chris, "The one with the biggest smile wins." Beth's reminder as I left at 5 AM was similar, "Keep smiling, honey."
So I did. For just over 14 hours I smiled my way through Ironman Canada. It was a really great day. Today I got a massage, ate some french fries and took the kids Jet-skiing. Charlie, who finished in 14:45, and I enjoyed hearing from so many of our friends who were tracking us online. "Team Glowstick" had a hard, long, good, day.
Thanks to all of you who called, email or left posts on the blog.
Next post I'll continue with a few more Tri-ing lessons and then I'll start a series on my sabbatical reflections. As I enjoy this last week of sabbatical, the Ironman reminded me again of how blessed I am to be part of a great community of people. I am looking forward to getting back to church and seeing my friends again.