Clayton trained all summer and fall for his first Ironman race. It was a half Ironman... 70.3. He is gearing up for a full in the future... crazy, I know! This one was in Augusta, GA. We were so thankful for my sister to be able to come with us to help me with the kids. This was most definitely the longest of all of his races, so there was much needed help in the entertainment department with the girls!
We checked in Friday afternoon and checked out all that the expo had to offer...
Saturday morning, we actually had to get Clayton's gear to the assigned locations...
We had to walk his bike to where they would be finishing the swim. Kate thought she was super cool for helping.
I'm not sure how many athletes there were, but there were A LOT. But it never really seemed like it was mass chaos... pretty neat.
We saw Clayton before his wave started. And thanks to my sister, got a family shot that we don't usually get!
He is down there somewhere getting ready for the swim.
And he's off!
We actually got to follow beside the river on part of his swim and watch him. It was really neat. We then lost him, but found him when he came out for the bike part.
2 + hours later and he was running. We hung out and ate lunch while he biked. Fun times...
Pull out all the stops... I think Ann Clayton colored her face a short while after this picture.
We signed Kate up for Sunday Soccer this fall and she had a blast. She told me that she doesn't want to do anything else but play soccer. She is hooked (and I might be biased, but she is pretty good. She and the other Kate on her team scored most of the goals. She is pretty competitive and really wanted to win. She was precious and we have signed up for the spring season as well!
She always has such concentration...
Ever the coach... even though the doesn't like soccer, he would do anything for this girl.
On August 5th, the girls had their first day of school (at their new school). We were so blessed to be able to get into Brookwood Baptist. It was of course all part of God's plan for our move. I was more nervous than the girls were... it was Kate's 3rd school in 6 months and I was terrified that she wouldn't adjust. Shocker - I should have known that she would adjust perfectly and fit in just fine.
It was Kate's first day of Pre-K... next year, Kindergarten - HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?
And AC? She is in a big girl class with nap mats and snacks. When did they grow up?
Sunday after Kate's race was Clayton's race. I've actually been really shocked at how much I end up enjoying these family race trips. We've been on quite a few and I usually dread the trip because of the uncertainty of the weather, girls, etc, but I love the look they give Clayton when he completes his race. And it's actually really fun family time!
I love meeting up with Clayton before the race for a bit of pre-race encouragement.
On the dock, ready to go.
Coming in from the swim...
This is the part where I have to get creative with the girls... the bike portion is the longest and we don't get to see Clayton when he is on the bike.
Off the bike and starting the run. This run was nice because the course looped and that meant we actually got to see Clayton multiple times.
Up the bridge for a 2nd time...
Little cheerleader wanted to run with him for a bit (love!)
Sissy couldn't last... she pitched a fit for a bit, but then crashed!
Coming in on the home stretch!
We are so proud of Clayton and all of his race accomplishments. If I remember right, this was his last race before the 1/2 Ironman... (My husband is a stud!)
It looks like Kate has been bit by the racing "bug." After her first race in Montgomery this past April, she kept asking to do another one. Clayton had already signed up for a triathlon in Nashville at the end of July and there was a kid race the Saturday before his race on Sunday. Of course, we signed up for it! We practiced and practiced and "trained" for her run, bike, run race. She did such a great job. After coming in almost last in April due to a bike starting malfunction, she really wanted to win. (We are a competitive bunch around here).
Clayton and Kate had to have their usual pregame pep talk. I love watching them together.
They all got to say their names before they went...
And they are off!! The look of pure joy on her face is priceless!
No bike malfunction this time... she got started right away.
Crazy kid got so wrapped up in the race that she actually did the bike turn twice!! She came in second... and we were all so proud of her!!
All the kiddos that competed that morning...
On the podium! She even got a separate medal for coming in 2nd!
After the race, both girls were hot and a little irritable, so we cooled off at the splash park that was right across the parking lot. They had a blast!
I am so thankful that Kate enjoys being active. It doesn't hurt that she idolizes her daddy and wants to do what he does!!!