Monday, May 9, 2011

Gulf Coast Half Ironman

I spent Mother's Day at the beach.

My younger daughter was in the the Gulf Coast Half Ironman in Panama City Beach, Fla. It was quite an experience. After a 1.2 mile swim into the Gulf, while being lashed by jellyfish, they jumped on bikes and pedaled for 56 miles. Then with legs like jelly, they ran 13.1 miles. I was in awe.

Both my girls like running. They surely didn't get it from me. I was very proud of her.

An interesting part of the trip was seeing this community of athletes, the camaraderie they enjoy, and how supportive they are of one another.

It's a case of "You just don't get it until you experience it."

It made me think of children's authors.

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