More Kuparisaari half-Ironman photos (plus a couple others)

Joe’s mom took a lot better photos of the triathlon Sunday so she sent them to us and I wanted to post them for everyone to see!  They also posted the professional photos from the race photographers which you could see here if you wanted.  Joe is in quite a few of those as well.

Joe and I waiting at the beach before the race began.  It was still pretty chilly out, this was only at around 7am and the sun was starting to come up over the big hill behind us.

Joe coming up to the shore at the end of the 1.2 mile swim

Running out of the water and taking his wet suit off

Heading out on the, 56-mile, bike course or possibly coming in from the bike course, not totally sure.

Leaving for the 13.1 mile run

Coming in to the finish line

Crossing the finish!

Our half-Ironman all done!

And I got a nice kiss at the finish line 🙂

And, here are a few other good pictures she got afterwards too…

A nice picture of Joe, not sure where this was, our front yard maybe?

A good picture of Cora! She was super rude at first and was barking and growling and being mean so she spent some time in her kennel upstairs but then we decided to try and introduce her and she was very nice and pretty well-behaved for everyone after that and she got some pets from everyone.

Joe’s brother, Sam, at the Quincy Mine with his hardhat on, lifting some of the mine tools to see how heavy they were.  Some were pretty light while others were so heavy that even I couldn’t lift them!


My Husband the Half-Ironman Competitor

Today was the big triathlon day that Joe has been training for for over 8 months and the whole day went fantastically!  For everyone who is unfamiliar with a half-Iron man here is what Joe had to complete:

  • 1.2 mile swim
  • 56 mile bike course
  • 13.1 mile run (this particular one was both road and trail running)

We were both up at 4 this morning and we left the house around 5 to head up to the race.  We got there and it was still dark out but other people were already getting ready too.  By 7 we were ready and at the beach and Joe’s mom, dad and brother all met up with us to see the race begin!

Sunrise over the lake

Safety kayakers getting ready

Our number 13 being counted off before the start

Everyone rushing into the water!

Coming out of the water, on his way to the biking portion…

Leaving on his bike after the swim…

Here he is on his way out on the run… I hear it’s a weird feeling getting off your bike and starting to run like that, Joe has mentioned it and a lot of the other runners were talking about it as they went past.

Waiting at the top of the hill for him to come around the corner.  This is the last hill and then the finish is just a couple of blocks away on a much flatter surface.

Almost at the top of the hill with his brother and dad right with him.

Here he is, tired but great! He didn’t have any problems or injuries other than a little sunburn and a couple burns from his wet suit.  Overall he did absolutely fantastic and our families and I are all so, so proud of him!

Now it is about 9:30pm, we went out to a tasty supper with Joe’s family and caught up with our animals here at home.  Joe has gone to bed already and I’m about to head upstairs as well since we had such an early morning today!  I think Joe’s mom got a ton of good pictures too that maybe I could post for you and there might be some professional ones eventually too… I’m not sure how many they got but I’ll try to add more if I get them!  For now though I’m off to bed after a long and exciting day.

Kuparisaari Half-Ironman Triathlon

Today Joe registered himself for a Half-Length Ironman Triathlon.  It includes a 1.2mile in-land lake swim, a 56-mile bike race, and a half-marathon (13.1 mile) run along Lake Superior.  I’ll be watching from the side lines 🙂 I could probably learn to bike that far, but I can hardly swim and I’m not good at, and don’t usually like, to run… so this isn’t for me.  Joe has been wanting to do something like this for a very long time though and he can swim good, he used to run a ton so that should be easy to get back into and biking should be no trouble so he will be good at all of the things! He has about 30 weeks to train and the competition will take place on our first anniversary August 14, 2011!

I’ll let you know how his training goes since I’ll probably tag along to the gym sometimes with him to use their equipment for a change.  Maybe I will even get Joe to tell you about it himself at some point 🙂