To celebrate his 14th birthday, my grandson August decided that he wanted to do a half ironman. For those who don't know, this triathlon event consists of a 1 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13 mile run-- in that order. While there were doubters among us, anyone who knows August, also knows that when he sets his mind to something there is no stopping him. He checked out books from the library on training and strategy. He put together a 6-week training plan that included practice in all 3 sports plus yoga for strength and flexibility. He bought a road bike and invested money in fixing it up and purchasing cycling paraphernalia. He got on Google Earth and mapped out the routes. A week before the event, he and I drove the bike route to which he made a few minor adjustments. Since I planned on being the shag wagon, I picked out appropriate water and food stops.
On August 8, 2008 at 7:23am, he dove in the water at Brentwood Lake. Eight hours and 29 minutes later he ran through the finish line!
CONGRATULATIONS AUGUST!!! YOU ARE AN AMAZING ATHLETE!
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