smokin’ the water

The Saturday before we left for Charleston, Mike and I competed in our first triathlon of the season.  Last year after training from end of Feb through end of November for 9 triathlons and then a half-marathon, we were a bit “over it” you could say.  We had hit the wall and knew we needed to back off our training a bit to put the fun back in.

So this year’s training/racing goals looked a bit different.

  1. Continue to stay healthy (we were able to last year also)
  2. Listen to our bodies
  3. Enjoy training
  4. Enjoy racing in races we actually like

We’ve been around the Knoxville tri-circuit long enough that we have our favorite races, so this year we picked 3 of our favorites and have pretty well stuck to our guns about only racing in them.  We still train hard, lest you be confused!

Back to the original reason to write this post… WE HAD A RACE!! And we did well =)

Smokin’ the Water is a sprint distance race in Kingston, TN that consists of 600y open water swim, 12.5mi bike and a 4 mi run.  We competed in the same race last year and wanted to do it again.

Mike raced really well! He had some good competition in the water, was fierce on the bike and then finished well on the run.  He competes in a super tough group of guys and still pulled out a third place win in his age group!! Great job babe!

  • Swim: 8:09
  • T1: 1:40
  • Bike: 38:08
  • T2: 0:28
  • Run: 30:08
  • Final time: 1:18:32

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I felt like my race went really well.  I’ve struggled with my open water swim over the past few years but finally this year it has clicked and I was able to settle down in my zone.  My bike went well; I couldn’t seem to really calm my heart rate down, but even with that was able to race an average of 18mph!! One of my fastest race paces.  The run finished well.  Usually at the 1-1.5 mile mark, my legs finally clear up and feel normal again, ready to run.  This time it took until about mile 2-2.5 to finally work out the kinks and then we were off! I was pleased with my time and pace of 8:15min/mi.  I brought home hardware as well, finishing first in my age group.

  • Swim: 9:22
  • T1: 1:24
  • Bike: 42:55
  • T2: 0:34
  • Run: 31:36
  • Final Time: 1:25:49

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Overall we were both very pleased with our races and are looking forward to our next race on July 6th – Westside YMCA Mini-Sprint Tri.  It was our very first race, so we like to come back each year and see how we’ve improved.

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Charleston Recap-Free Time

We worked hard while in Charleston, but we also played hard.

Tuesday afternoon/evening we had some free time, so we loaded up the vans and traveled down to Isle of Palms beach and spent the afternoon playing in the sand and surf.  The waves were big but we body surfed anyways.  We were eventually run off the beach by thunder and lightening.  On Friday, camp ended around 9 am, so we loaded up to head to downtown Charleston before heading home.  We were able to shop in the Market and then grab some yummy seafood. Both times were lots of fun and we enjoyed letting loose together.

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Charleston Recap-WPBC

Our church is blessed with AMAZING students!! We are so thankful to have the opportunity to serve with them.  The trip was amazing.  We loved watching our students learn and grow.

My favorite story has to be this… Day 2 of serving rolls around and our WP students were feeling less than challenged spiritually.  They wanted more!!  So after a few minutes of trying to figure out what to do, they prayed and the Lord provided them opportunities of leadership among their crews, other churches and at their work sites!  Our students led special times of worship in the evenings, diverted from the given devotion time and dug deep into the scripture to find relevant Bible verses, they led Bible lessons with the children at their work sites, they even ministered to the other churches by showing them what it means to be sold out for their faith!!  Wow!  These students are top notch!

It was a pleasure watching them serve and serve alongside of them.  We captured a few moments during our trip.

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Charleston Recap-The Ranch

Mike’s crew went to a Foster boy’s ranch for the week.  The ranch housed 2 large homes with a husband/wife foster parent in each and up to 8 foster boys.  The ranch also was home to horses and a large swimming pond.

The first day, Mike and his crew were told that a group of 50 some inner city children would be showing up at the Ranch and that they needed some supervision.  Sure enough a few buses pulled up not long after and unloaded 50 some young children!  The Lord provided Mike’s team to be at the Ranch at such a time and equipped them as well.  His crew consisted of horse trained, life guard trained and kid trained students!! So they spent most of the afternoon leading around the kids on horseback, rescuing them from the deep end of the swimming pond and all around having a wonderful time.

On the way back to camp for the afternoon, Mike saw one of the inner city buses on the side of the road, so he pulled over and sure enough their bus wasn’t going to make it back downtown.  So he called me up and I traveled out with one of our empty vans and we took 12 children back to their home in downtown Charleston.  What an amazing opportunity to serve.

The rest of his week consisted of moving sand for a playground, getting eaten up by fire ants, helping build a swing set and playing with some of the foster boys on the Ranch.

Here are a few pictures.


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