More Photos of Chelanman

Racephotos.net posted the photos from the race today......they are AWESOME!!! Check 'em out...

biking on bridge
passing a slowpoke
Which way is the gym?

As you may be able to tell, I didn't know they were photographing me until I got to the run segment..........


Try-a-Tri 2007

The Chelanman Try-a-Tri was GREAT!! I've finished my first triathlon just in time to start training for my second. The event included a 1/4 mile swim, 13 mile bike and 3.2 mile run in and around beautiful Lake Chelan. The highlight was the bike course, it went right along the coast of the lake, vineyards on one side, water on the other. The swim was very exciting. We left the start in waves of sixty and swam the course like a school of fish, except fish all seem to swim in the same direction.....and don't have feet to kick each other with. It was full contact swimming....I inhaled water twice because the water was so choppy! The water temp was cool but not cold and it was crystal clear so I could see the bottom at a depth of twenty feet. After finishing, Jason and I both felt euphoric enough to know that this was something we needed to do again. We have our eyes set on the Kirkland sprint triathlon on September 16th. Thanks again to Rachel's dad for making the long trip and acting as photographer for the weekend!

Moments before the swim start....

A great action shot!

The finish line!! (do your best karate kid impression....)

Back at camp.....the dogs celebrate.


New Life for an Old Blog

Over the past few months I have found myself sitting at the computer from time to time, staring at my blog with my mouse pointer poised over the button that says "Delete this Blog." My myspace page had already met its fate in my attempts to simplify my life a little bit and I was tired of being at the computer after an online course I recently took. My blog's days were numbered. Rach saw the early warning signs of a blogicide and took action. Last weekend her parents visited and brought me a wonderful gift. At Rachel's request, her mom had laid out and printed the entire contents of my blog and had them bound into a book so if I did delete the blog I would have a copy of all the stuff I had written. It was such an amazingly thoughtful gift that I have decided to resurrect 'a bad case of wanderlust' and resume documenting the adventures of Joe and Rachel (a.k.a. Captain Chaos and Ridiculous Girl) for the benefit of our distant friends and family, we love you all very much.