Friday, September 30, 2011

Three Sports and a Baby

In my previous entry--way back on July 15--I noted how surprised I was about the three week gap between that entry and the one that preceded it.  Well, I've outdone myself this time, as it has now been 2 1/2 months since I last posted!  Did you miss me?

I hope to get back into the swing of things soon.  After all, I started this blog for a reason, and I don't intend to abandon it after only a few months.  For now, here is a brief update on what has been going on in my life.

Nearing the finish
On July 16, I competed in the second annual Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathlon.  One year earlier, the first edition of this race had been my first-ever triathlon.  The courses for all three legs were exactly the same as in the 2010 event, giving me a good opportunity to compare my performances.  What a difference a year makes!  I was ~2 minutes faster in the swim, ~11 minutes faster on the bike, and ~4.5 minutes faster on the run.  My overall time was 1:31:11, which was 18:54 faster than last year (including transitions).  That's a 17% improvement!  I was very pleased with the results in light of the minimal training I did for this race after completing the Washington DC Triathlon in June.

My three sons
The evening after the race, my beautiful wife and I enjoyed a lovely night on the town, and two days later, we welcomed our third son into the world!  That's him with his two brothers on the right.  Cute kids, huh?  All three of them have been wondrous blessings to our family.  Children truly are, as Solomon wrote in Psalm 127:3, a heritage and a reward from God.

In the interceding 2 1/2 months, my training has been hit or miss.  With a wife, three young boys, church commitments, and a day job, it's been difficult to find time for exercise.  Plus, I committed last month to read ten chapters of the Bible every day.  I have made that a priority and have kept up with it for 40 days now, but it takes at least 30 minutes out of my morning or evening that might otherwise be used for workouts.  Our family is slowly shifting back into a normal routine, so hopefully I will soon be able to get back into swimming, biking, and running regularly.  Assuming I do, look for my weekly reports to resume in the near future!

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