This is the perfect picture to start this blog. Shayne is in the black wet suit standing up on the paddle board just off to the right. The water was still and it was a perfect day for a race.
This picture was posted by Tiffany Gust. I don't know who she got it from but it's awesome! Joel is in there somewhere. Shayne is at the start and Sophie says she is right on the corner that is cut off from the picture.
This year since Shayne and Sophie were lifeguards and Josh was at the aid station on the shore, I had the scouts with me. Riley and Miles were with me instead of Ben and David. They stayed home to play their last soccer game of the season. David's team lost, of course, (next blog) and Ben's won! Anyway, The three of us cheered everyone on and only one person needed help. He got a flat so Riley ran down to help him out. That's where he was when Joel passed us. He was looking good and doing good!
Then Shawn came by and he was all smiles. He was stoked to be doing the Ironman. I had given him an IV the night before and he was all ready to go.
KYLE!!! He decided that he was feeling good enough to do the swim and bike. So he did.
After the bikers passed me they went through Hurricane and took Telegraph to the Washington Parkway Exit where they saw these crazy, awesome people.
Holly took these pictures of Joel further up into the course. I was grateful that he had such great support throughout the entire race.
I believe Joel's dad took these at the transition from bike to run.
Then Joel came up the hill. Truett and David both wanted to give him a Popsicle so he ended up taking a couple.
David and Truett had a blast together. At one point Truett took a break and became Spiderman.
About 8 miles up the road John was waiting to cheer Joel on. Just what he needed. I think this year will be Joel's favorite because of all the love and support he has gotten from everyone. It was really different to be the only one from the Beckstrands participating.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we were like a well oiled machine. Shayne and Sophie sat in the shade with the Popsicles opening them up and breaking them in half. While the rest of us handed them out.
Here is our friend Colleen Rue. She's a running beast. And one by one all of the people I knew came running by.
Then our favorite, Lyle Anderson, came running by. Lyle has MS and doing triathlons keeps his body going.
Here's Adam Caldwell. He is so funny. He said, "Oh sure, make sure you get a picture of me WALKING, eating a Popsicle." So we did. Adam was one of the last people to get a Popsicle. We had bought 800 of them! We saved one Orange one for Joel and put it in Kalo's freezer but that was it. We were out. So we got the hose out. Every year Josh hoses down the runners but this year he was out of town, so Megin go it out. We couldn't keep David and Truett out of it. Megin told them that it was only for the runners so they'd run by so they could get wet.
Next thing we here is, "I see him!" from Josh. He was looking though the zoom on my camera. Joel was still a half mile away but we all got ready. Sophie go the Popsicle, Truett had been saving some water balloons to throw at him and Megin had the hose all ready.
This is Seth, Megin's little brother with Shawn.
This is most of the volunteers from the 5th ward. We are missing the YW leaders and a bunch of the girls but we had a great turn out.
Once again, we are so proud of Joel and his amazing accomplishments. He is an IRONMAN!