One year ago today I ran my first 1/2 marathon. Yesterday I competed in a Triathlon relay with my Father and my Brother. One year from now… who knows.
The BAM triathlon takes place in Midway UT. My 35 yr old brother Jeff swam 1500 meters in the Deer Creek Reservoir to start off the morning. While he swims on a regular basis he still had to face his first ever swim in open water and having to wear a wet suit which constricts movement and breathing to a certain extent. He did fantastic and finished in about 15 minutes less than he had expected.
My almost 62 year old Dad biked for 22 miles! This is the first time he has ever gone that distance and we were all very impressed when he finished about 30 minutes faster than he had expected! This was shaping up to be a wonderful day.
I ran the last leg of the relay. A 10K run on the 2002 Olympic Cross Country Ski trail at Soldier’s Hollow. I faced some obstacles as well since I been fighting a Sinus infection all week, having not run since Tuesday. It was the longest run I’ve been on all year and perhaps the highest elevation I’ve run at in 10 years. It was also tremendously hilly and really beat me up bad.
All said and done though Team Paulsen finished the race and we are very proud to have done so. There is a certain new bond that was formed between the three of us. A type of bond that I’m guessing can only be formed when you are part of a team that has accomplished something great! What a wonderful family experience.
Thank you Ami and all the other family who came to bear the hot sun whilst cheering us on.