foothills sprint triathlon

2012-Foothills-Srpint-Tri-logo.jpgWe competed in the Foothills Sprint Triathlon this past Memorial Day and there was some stiff competition.  While we’re not quite ready to apply for our pro triathlon status (or even amateur status), we both had great races.

350 M swim (Olympic distance pool), 10 mile Bike and a 2.5 mile Run.


Mike’s race went really well.  He had a rock star of a swim, got a little bottled up behind a few slower swimmers that started in front of him but was able to come out on top.  The bike leg of his race was stellar and his run splits were some of the faster ones he has posted.  Nice going!!

  • Swim: 5:09
  • T1: 1:48
  • Bike: 31: 20
  • T2: 0:46
  • Run: 20:20 
  • Total time: 59:25

My race went well.  I had one of my better longer course swims, starting right after my coach really pushed me to swim hard.  My bike leg was a struggle (and I usually don’t struggle on the bike!), but I finished and didn’t completely bonk!  The run course was an out and back.  The out was seriously all down hill and the back, you guessed it, all up hill.  The way out was a challenge for me to get my legs back into the swing of running, but the way back they felt alive and I posted a negative split!  I was also super pleased that my transitions went way better than last race.  If you’ll recall I had some major dizziness issues coming out of the water going into T1, but this race I was able to shake the water out of my ears (which looks really awkward while running) and it seemed to do the trick. No dizziness!

  • Swim: 6:06
  • T1: 1:44
  • Bike: 37:19
  • T2: 0:45
  • Run: 23:34
  • Total time: 1:09:26




pre race amazingness with the ladies






Mike jumping into the pool to start his race and then him exiting the water.  And that is me in the yellow cap in the water; my coach is getting out right in front of me.


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Mike and his photo finish!


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These are just some of the amazing people we train with on a daily basis!487334_414674715220561_100000341084670_1293283_1009497255_n-001

We are looking forward to our next race on June 9th!


rings and rainbows

Yesterday Mike and I took a nice bike ride with some friends.  All day the weather threatened to storm, but we ended up with a beautiful ride!  A little breezy but not too hot, and not a drop of rain.

Because of the storms off in the distance, a beautiful rainbow made an appearance.  It sure made the second half of the ride a bit “easier”! 


The rainbow reminded me of the promise God made never destroy the earth again by water. 

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” – Gen 9:12-16 NIV

I am also reminded of a covenant I made 4 years ago today based on a passage from Philippians 2:1-4. 

Since I have have encouragement from being united with Christ, comfort from his love, and fellowship with the Spirit, and am full of tenderness and compassion, then today I choose to make my joy complete by being like-minded with you, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. I will do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider you before myself. I will choose to look not towards my own interests, but to put your interests ahead of mine own.


Happy Anniversary Mike! I love you and would marry you all over again =)  You are a blessing and an encouragement.  You are my best friend and a wonderful leader for our family and I love you more today than I did four years ago.  I pray the Lord will bless us with many more years together.

Cookout at the Cove

It’s that time again-end of the year celebrations with the students!  Mike and I just wrapped up our 4th year working with our church youth group.  This year was a great year. 

The youth group had a cookout on its last meeting to celebrate the year.  Enjoy a few of the pictures I took at the event.

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The ketchup bottle squirted out on poor Jill’s shirt.  Good thing her baby was there to catch it =) and I was there to take a picture.




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These are just 4 of the wonderful ladies I got to work with this year!  Looking forward to Senior year!!!

Poland 2012

At the end of July, Mike and I are headed to Poland!!  We will be traveling to a small town south of Krakow, Poland on a missions trip with the our graduating seniors at church.  We are so excited to be part of the leadership team for this trip.  There are 19 students from our church going on this trip as well as 5 leaders (including the two of us).  We will be helping lead a camp for a group of orphans.  The “camp” will include LOTS OF HIKING, sports, games, worship, devotions, learning, growing and getting to know the orphans of Poland. 

We covet your prayers as we prepare to minister as well as for the trip itself.  Here is a link to our support letter if you are more interested in our trip.  I will (hopefully) be posting updates while we are there.

Also, our group started a blog to help us stay connected to our family and friends while we prepare for our trip and even while we’re in Poland (pending internet access).  Here is the link to that website as well.

And a few pictures of Poland for you.

Map of Europe

Map of Europe (to help get a perspective)

Map of Poland (we’ll fly into Krakow, in the southern part of Poland)

City of Krakow, Poland

Tatra Mountain region, in the very southern part of Poland, bordering Slovakia

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Tatra Mountains

The camp where we will be staying

We are very much looking forward to our trip and are thankful to have you and friends to help support us in prayer as we go!