bursting with pride :: personal

this past weekend drew, bree, and i (along with my mom and dad and kelly’s mom and dad!) took a little road trip to calgary to watch my sister and bother-in-law compete in their first ever 1/2 IronMan. WOW!

what is an IronMan you might ask. it is “the world’s most prestigious one-day endurance event”. in the IronMan 70.3 (the 1/2) athletes begin with a 1.9 km swim, move on to a 90 km bike, and then end with a 21km run (that is a half marathon!). isn’t that incredible?! my sister began her race at 6:30am with kelly’s age group starting about 15 minutes later. with miss bree in tow and a hotel room to pack i didn’t make it to the swim or get to see the bike. drew, bree, and i arrived to watch the bike transition and cheer them on during the run. eeeeek! it was so exciting. seeing abby and then kelly race in on their bikes and through their transition to their run was thrilling. then, we found a great location and got to see them twice on their run.

abby and kelly have been training for this for months and it was an inspiring and incredible thing to watch and be a part of. i am so proud of  both abby and kelly. their commitment and athletic ability is something to admire and aspire to. they are taking a brief two week break from training (although on the way home from calgary they were overheard talking about their next run!!) and will then be resuming training for a FULL IronMan in arizona in november.

here is miss abby right at the end of the bike portion! i love that it looks like she is smiling and that woman is yelling at her.

abigail. 341.

here she is transitioning. both kelly and abby couldn’t stop complimenting the volunteers at the race. abby especially loved this lady who helped her!

i love this one! she was yelling something to me…

now here comes kelly! can you say quads?!

almost ready to take off and start his 1/2 marathon run!

here is ab at about 18km. easy peasy;-)

kelly at 18km.

miss abby crossing the finish line!! i love how she doesn’t even look very tired. she has only been working out for 6 hours STRAIGHT!

i didn’t manage to catch kelly’s finish but i did get these sweet moments of them  after the race! awwwwww. i love how the mans arm is blocking their pda in the second one.

miss bree had to make a cameo! the skeeters were CRAZY so she had to stay in here to cheer on her auntie and uncle! she had lots of fun and was so proud of abby and kelly too.

changed and ready to do it again?!

what an amazing event to watch. i couldn’t be  more proud of my little sister. her and kelly are truly amazing athletes!!

i hope we get to go cheer them on in AZ this fall and watch them become IronMen!!

  • August 4, 2010 - 7:50 am

    Jenn - wow this truly is amazing. so happy for Abby and Kelly! way to go you two :0)

  • August 4, 2010 - 8:37 am

    Stacey Jang - Wow. So incredible. Thanks for sharing Carla; great photos. Congrats Abby and Kelly :)

    Stacey aka. Stabby Kang (hahaha Abby should remember; Linds never forgot!)

  • August 4, 2010 - 9:13 am

    Amanda - AMAZING! I am so proud of them both. What an incredible accomplishment!

  • August 4, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    Patti - Great pictures Carla! WOW! What an accomplishment! I’m sure Abby and Kelly are extremely proud of themselves (as they should be) and how great that you all were able to go and support them and cheer them on – fantastic!

  • August 4, 2010 - 1:26 pm

    Krysta - Ah, athletic accomplishments really tear me up – Abby and Kelly are truly inspiring. I think I’ll go for a run now…

  • August 4, 2010 - 2:34 pm

    Abby - Wow- awesome photos Car! Thanks so much for coming out and being part of our support crew!
    (I kind of think Bree’s picture steals the show with those little lips!)

  • August 4, 2010 - 7:12 pm

    stacie - oh this def brought a tear to my eye..sooo sooo proud of you Ab and Kel. what an amazing accomplishment.you should be VERY VERY proud of yourselves =) and of corse, great pics and so amazing that you were able to capture the moment Car, love it all

  • August 4, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    Mom Susan - i tried to comment from the rimrock but it didn’t seem to work… maybe my tears that were blinding me were part of the problem! carla your pics and blog are wonderful as usual. the day was unbelievable from early morning til mid afternoon and seeing abby & kelly realize this dream was sooo great! what amazing athletes! gotta love that little bree as she was so good even though her day was long and grueling too!

  • August 10, 2010 - 9:24 am

    anne - all i can say is WOW!! abby and kelly, you two are the best! what a great accomplishment, your dedication and commitment to your training is to be admired!
    susan & colin, bernie & gary … you all must be SO proud!

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