It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

August 15, 2011

Two Weddings & a Bike Tour

This weekend was busy!!!  But wonderful all the same.  I know I haven't posted much lately, but things have been crazy.  Last week I was busy catching up from the previous week of vacation....and then Thursday, I headed to Oklahoma City for my niece Ashley's wedding on Friday, and then my niece Blaine's wedding on Saturday.  After arriving home late on Saturday night, I had a 35 mile bike tour on Sunday am.  Man what a whirlwind!

Ashley and Me

Both weddings were beautiful!  It was nice to spend time with family and friends.  It was hectic and I ended up helping with Ashley's wedding quite a bit.  I was up at 4:30 am Thursday and didn't crawl into bed until just after midnight.  That meant no workout Friday.....back up Friday am and going strong all day until after midnight again.  That ended up meaning no long run Saturday.  I hated that I ended up missing my long run and a swim workout this week, but family is much more important.  And I wouldn't trade the moments I had with my family for anything in the world.

Jeremy & Ashley with my Mom & Dad

Ashley & my sister Tracee

Jim & Madi - Madi was a bridesmaid

Me & my sisters

Blaine & Jordan and Jim's sister Angi & Shane

My nieces Paije, Laken & Blaine with Jordan

Me & Jim

We got home late Saturday night, and I had a bike tour scheduled the Sunday am.  I was picking up my girlfriend Michelle at 6am, which meant getting up at 5am.  What was I thinking when I signed up for this bike tour I thought to myself when I crawled in bed Sat night and knew I'd only be getting about 5 and half hours of sleep - again - for about the 3rd night in a row.

I woke up and was TIRED.  I wanted to call Michelle and cancel, but I had already skipped my long run, and I knew I really needed to get in a long bike.  I slowly got out of bed and got moving.  I was tired and groggy.  But it was a BEAUTIFUL morning.  The weather was nice and cool.  I was wearing a light jacket.

The bike tour ended up being AWESOME.  There were a group of 7 of us that rode together.  We did 35 miles so it wasn't terribly long.  After the ride they had great food, music, and a beer garden.  We ended up hanging out for awhile and finally headed home about 1pm.

I got home, showered, and took a 3 hour nap!  I had never needed a nap so badly.  Now, it's time to start the week all over again.  I have to have a GREAT week of training this week.  Only 3 weeks to my Hyvee Triathlon, and a I have a Sprint Tri on Sunday.  BRING IT!!

I would share more stories and photos of the weddings, but I guess this is supposed to be a workout blog.  ...but I couldn't resist at least a few.  It truly was a wonderful weekend.


  1. It looks like a wonderful weekend. I love that you chose family over training. Sometimes I read blogs where people are upset that people didn't understand that they've missed out on an important family event because they HAD to train... and I think it's sad. The choice is always our own. Family wedding trumps getting our long run in.

  2. I love wedding pictures! Such beautiful memories.

  3. "I hated that I ended up missing my long run and a swim workout this week, but family is much more important. And I wouldn't trade the moments I had with my family for anything in the world. " So TRUE!

    Beautiful wedding, Michael :)

  4. What a fun weekend! Love all of the pictures and you look gorgeous as always.

    Good for you for getting up early and doing the bike tour. You are great! Have a fabulous week.

  5. I don't mind wedding pictures on a workout blog. :) So beautiful!!

    I echo Julie's comment. Important family moments ALWAYS take priority.

  6. I love weddings! I hope someone I know gets married soon. :^)

    Good job on doing the bike tour--sometimes the ones you want to sleep through (for good reason) end up being the best.

  7. The best training is the ones where you do not want to do it, try to figure out a way out of it, but still do it, they usually are the best ever

  8. Beautiful brides!

    Love that you said "only" when talking about the 35 mile ride. :)

  9. Holy crap! We're doing our big triathlons the same weekend, aren't we? For the record, it's 3.5 weeks, not just 3! (Details matter when it gets this close).

    Beautiful brides! Sounds like a whirlwind weekend. Sometimes we do have to sacrifice our training for the more important things. You'll still be ready. :)

  10. Whew! Two weddings in one weekend! Busy but fun! Both brides are beautiful!

  11. I would have loved that bike tour. All mine lately have been on my own.

    Nice pictures. Post whatever you want!

    Good luck fitting your training in.

  12. those photos are making my heart melt.

    So beautiful.

    love weddings.

  13. I love to creep on other people's wedding pictures! Weddings are just so exciting. Way to go on your bike tour!

  14. What a huge few days for you. I'm not surprised you needed a nap. The brides were both beautiful. And your daughter looked gorgeous in her bridesmaid dress. You and Jim both scrubbed up pretty well too.

  15. Great pictures, and that ride sounds like a ton of fun!