Although I was unable to participate this year, Kathy and I watched and cheered as my team of Mark Pophal, Kathleen Zielinski, and Loretto Agdinaoay (my biker substitute) took 1st place in the Cleveland Triathlon! I am very proud of them and wish I could have joined them. Next year we defend our title!
My recovery after 1 week is slowly progressing. My orthopedist was very optimistic (no surgery necessary) at a good recovery. I may be back in training in 4-6 weeks.
2014 started out great with family, work, and body all working in top form. I hit the season strong running with Lily in a local 5K and taking 1st place in my age group. Lily took 2nd place in her Nationals riding competition in Massachusetts and everybody was feeling good.
Kathy’s running has only gotten stronger since her amazing Turkey Trot debut in November. Lily, Kathy, and I did a 5K Mutt Strut with Gracie and she got 4th overall in women’s division and I got 1st again in my age group!
I have kept up on getting in a lot of miles each week and added swimming to my biking and running. I was preparing for my first triathlon which I completed last weekend with a respectable 4th in my age group
Up next was lots of golf and the Cleveland Triathlon until yesterday. During a training cycle run, I had a terrible accident after a car got a little too close for comfort. An afternoon in the ER revealed my broken clavicle (collar bone) and a rib or two. Still have to meet with the Orthopedist on Thursday. Needless to stay, I return to recovery mode. It is a disappointing setback, but I will overcome this hurdle. I’ll be back.
We had a great time at Cedar Point last Friday and the kids will have to Ride On without Dad for a few months.