These are the most recent pictures I have of my dad. They are from the end of Feb when my parents came here to visit for Adeline's first birthday.
Last May, Patrick participated in his first sprint triathlon. It was in Mt Gretna, Pa. It was a 500 yard swim, a 15 mile (very hilly) bike ride, and then a 5K run. My dad really enjoyed watching Patrick compete, and I started the prodding..."Dad, YOU could do this!" He was hesitant, but I saw the spark in his eye.
My dad is one of those guys that is always in decent shape without really trying. When he goes for a physical, the doctor always tells him his health is like that of a man 20 years his junior. If you saw what he eats, you would be in awe. Patrick and I did a bike-a-thon with him several years ago to support the MD brain injury association. My dad never pushed his bike up a single hill, but Patrick and I pushed as much as we rode. This course was INSANE! Um, those were NOT "rolling hills" they were MOUNTAINS in disguise! But, a triathlon was a whole new concept for him to consider. He knows how to swim, but has only done it for recreation. He was not a runner...never really tried it outside of playing sports. I could tell he wanted to try it, so I put the icing on the cake, "If you do it, Adeline and I will come home early to be there." That was when I thought Patrick was coming home at the end of June. He started training and was very gracious when I backed out of our agreement, really not wanting to voluntarily be apart from my husband for 2 1/2 months.
This picture is of my dad and Patrick heading out for a run in Feb. My dad has trained with diligence. He has stuck faithfully to the plan Patrick printed out for him, and oh my how he has improved. On Saturday, at 58 years young, he is going to participate in the 5th annual "Got the Nerve" triathlon. His first ever, and I AM SO PROUD!!!
Dad, so sorry we can't be there, but I will be rooting for you the whole time (and calling mom every few minutes for updates). If any of my readers happen to be in the area and get some good pictures (or video) of him, I would be SO VERY grateful. There is already going to be a paparazzi there for him, but if you see him, give him an extra "Whoo hoo!" from me.
...and of course, I'll post again after the event. You're going to do great dad! I love you.