Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Supporting my Love

This past weekend, Mike and I went out for our second group ride! Our friend Amber has been dealing with an injury and can't run right now, but she has found that biking is alright (I've dealt with a similar injury in the past and it sucks).

The three of us went out for what was supposed to be 30 miles for Amber and about 45 miles for me and Mike.

Then, Mike got a flat about 10 miles into the ride. Since we don't carry anything with us (nor do we know how to change things if we did, which is going to change), Mike had to call it quits.

He decided that even though Mondays are typically our off day that he was going to ride yesterday to make up for the missed miles, and since he took some time off because of his crash this was probably a good idea.

I was pretty nervous about Mike going out there alone, since we never ride alone as it is, and then he told me he remembered to bring everything with him so he could ride right after work except for a water bottle. Since the heat and humidity have been ridiculous lately, I said that I would bring him a water bottle and hopscotch him during his ride.

He had come to Kershaw Park with me to watch me do an open water swim on Sunday and we had brought our dog Bernie. I decided that Bernie would come along and be my "partner in crime" yesterday. We got there before Mike and waited for him to arrive.

One of my handsome boys

After Mike got there and took off, he had planned a thirty mile route, Bernie and I walked around for a bit before driving to catch up to Mike.

Now, if you know me this next part isn't a surprise. While driving Mike's route, I went the wrong way. I had to backtrack to get back on the route and as I was driving I was worried I wasn't going to catch up with Mike. 

Finally, we caught up to him and I waited on the side of the road for him a few times. After we drove through the town of Webster I made sure to stop to verify that he got through there alright.  It was really funny to watch Bernie recognize his dad out riding, I wish I could have taken a picture of his face!

He was too fast for me!

Bernie and I waited for Mike to make his way back to where we parked and I could hear thunder in the distance. Luckily we missed it!

Finishing up his ride

I was so glad that Mike had a great ride (over 18 mph), it was a huge boost in confidence right before Musselman! Bernie was happy to have his dad back after the ride.

"Dad you taste salty!"

Our friend, Crystal, said that she loves how we support one another. It does help that we are both triathletes but I think we would do it regardless of that fact. I love to see him succeed, and I know he feels the same way about me.

Musselman is now less than a week away, and I can't wait! We have worked hard for this moment and nothing is going to bring us down, not unpleasant weather, not negative unwanted comments from people or anything else. This is our time to shine and I am going to savor every moment of our 70.3 mile victory lap, which is also the beginning of a beautiful relationship with endurance triathlons.

And of course, I can't wait for my own salty kiss from my biggest supporter after we both cross the finish line!


  1. I've only recently (well, we've been together since December...lol) gotten myself a runner boy. It's FAN-TAS-TIC having someone root for you at races and in training! That kind of bond is one that (ahem) non-endurance couples cannot fathom.

    Rock out that race!

  2. I am so stoked for you both!! You will be amazing!! I cannot wait to hear every detail.

  3. I think support like what you two show each other is awesome. I bet it made him feel so good to see you and the pup waiting for him!

  4. RACE WEEK, RACE WEEK, RACE WEEK!! :) I'm so excited to see how you two do!

  5. Sounds like this is going to be a big week! Best of luck! Can't wait to hear about it!

  6. You are the sweetest ever! So happy you went to support Mike. That's love!

  7. Go Mike! I love the support and love you two show for each other :) Can't wait for race day!

  8. Woot for race week! So glad Mike had a confidence building ride.

  9. I can't believe the big race is so soon! You guys are going to nail it! You've both been working SO hard!

  10. Bernie is too cute.
    You are such an amazing supportive couple, I really hope to find that someday.