Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Any Sport that's not played with a ball


Various members of my family have their chosen sports activities.
 
Chris plays tennis. He and his kids run the Bloomsday race and several others, ski, and do gymnastics. His wife Natasha skis and runs and organizes the ski teams.
 
Aiden is into karate. So is his cousin Benjamin, who also dabbles in soccer, baseball, and basketball.
 
Andy plays football. Maybe I should say he lives football. Karen and her friends run half marathons. Other distances occasionally. Kate does various events in Special Olympics and she rides horses.
 
My son-in-law Greg is an Ironman triathlete. A triathlon includes swimming, bicycling, and running. The Ironman swim is 2.4 miles, followed by a bike segment of 112 miles, and finished off by a marathon run (26.2 miles).
 
Here is Greg in his bicycle segment during his Ironman in Arizona in 2012. It was his third race within one year. He had done the Arizona race the previous year and the race in Coeur d'Alene in between.

The Ironman creates a lot of enthusiasm.

 
Somewhere in the midst of his run. Greg finished the 140.6 miles total distance in approximately twelve and on half hours.

This was the most recent Ironman Greg has run. He has had a couple of knee surgeries that have interrupted his training.

My daughter Karen continues to run. Her most recent half marathon was last month's Race to Robie Creek, which is advertised as the most difficult half marathon in the Northwest since it is mostly uphill.

I know that Tom went fishing for this theme. I wonder what the other headbangers have done with sports played without a ball. Their links are in my sidebar.

Triathlon IS a sport. But can you call that PLAY?

4 comments:

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Very cool choice Kathy, but they are on the ball of their feet.

Lew said...

I call that WORK! I hope Greg can resume his running.

Christine said...

Wow, you certainly have an athletic family. I'll definitely always be on the sidelines of any marathon; there's no way I could do it!

Liz Hinds said...

Crazy. I mean, why? It's one thing going for a nice walk ...