Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Great Tri

Dusty and his dad Terry participated in their first triathlon yesterday in Emmett Idaho. About 9 months ago Terry called up Dusty and asked him if he wanted to do a tri with him. Since then they have been swimming, running and biking to prepare for the race.
Sheri and I were at the bike/run transition so we did not get to see them swim.
Terry's brother Bob was there at the swim though so he snapped this great photo of the father/son duo before they got into the water. Don't they look alike?The first leg of the race is a 500M swim. (If you have been watching Olympic swimming at all these last few days, 500M is 10 full lengths of the Olympic sized swimming pool.) As you can see from the picture above, the swimmers swim very close to each other. Dusty got kicked a few times but he said he probably kicked a few people himself on this leg of the tri.
This is Dusty's first transition. As he's running he's taking off his wetsuit. It took him a minute to quickly wipe off, put on a shirt and his bike shoes.

Terry was only a half minute behind Dusty as he started out on his bike. The bike portion of the race was 13 miles. Dusty said this leg of the race took a lot out of him because of all the hills.
Dusty pulled into the bike/run transition right on time. It took him only about 30 seconds to take off his bike shoes and helmet and then put on his running shoes. Sheri and I were right there to take pictures. (If you look really closely at Dusty's but in this pic, there are X's on his cheeks. We have no idea how that happened since his shorts don't have X's on them.)
Dusty finished the 3 mile run with great stamina. I was so proud of him as his finished.
We stayed around after the race because Terry won a medal. He placed second in the male 55-59 division. (Terry's 55). Dusty placed 7th in the male 25-29 division. Before the race we thought that Dusty's division was going to be super tough since he's the oldest person in it. As it turns out, the men in the male 30-34 division were way faster than his division. That'll make next years competition even stiffer.


Krista said...

Way to go Dusty! Thanks for the great commentary and the pictures Kara.

Linds said...

Wow, you guys sure have been busy!!
Can't wait to see ya!
Way to go Dusty!

Robica said...

Nice work D. It helps you have such an amazing supportive wife

Julianne Stewart said...

Awesome Dusty...I bet that was a lot of fun!!

anne said...

Congrats Dusty! You should be proud of all your hard work. K-Ham, you're pretty cool too! :)

I love Dusty's dad...and mom! They are such sweet people. Hopefully we'll get a chance to hang out with them when we come to visit you guys over in Boise!