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Michael on March 28th, 2010

Austin and I are in Arizona for a backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon, and Ariana insisted that Douglas accompany us. We are spending the day today on the south rim and early tomorrow morning we head down the Tanner trail. Douglas will make the trip with us, and I will take plenty of pictures.

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Michael on February 28th, 2010

Austin swam a fantastic 100 yard breaststroke race last night & finished in the medals in 7th place – a fine finish to his freshman year of High School swimming. He didn’t swim quite as fast as his preliminary tine of 1:00.18, but he still same a decisive sub-1:01. We are hoping that his success this season inspires him to more actively pursue swimming competition and to swim with one of the year-round USA Swimming teams in the area.

I’ll post some pictures soon.

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Michael on February 26th, 2010

It has been a very long time since I have posted anything, not due to lack of things to share, but mostly due to lack of time to post about all of the interesting that have been happening in our lives. I now have both reason & time – I just saw a lady wearing a shirt that said “If I have just one more day, please let it be a swim meet because they last FOREVER” – and they sure seem to! We are actually very excited to be at the Ohio State High School Swimming Championships to see Austin swim. He has had a fantastic season swimming, helping Kenston High School to an almost undefeated season, and is thrilled to be one of five swimmers from Kenston swimming at the championships.

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Michael on April 28th, 2009

After racing with Austin on Saturday, I wasn’t too hopeful for a spectacular finish in the much longer race on Sunday. Jeff confessed that he has not been training as much as he would have liked, so we agreed that we would just get out there and have fun and work together to set a reasonable pace. It turns out that our reasonable pace was decently fast, and combined with a well planned route, that pace led to an unanticipated spectacular WIN! Last year we won the men’s duo class, but this year we came in with the best time overall, beating 24 solo racers and 57 teams.

The pictures below are two that Austin took for us, but there may be more when race results and photos are posted.

Tired and happy after winning the Rocky Gap Adventure Race

Tired and happy after winning the Rocky Gap Adventure Race

First place on the winner's podium.

First place on the winner's podium.

Here are some pictures that race staff took – all at the start and transition area…

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Michael on April 25th, 2009

Austin and just completed his first adventure race with a very respectable finish – 8th out of 114 starting teams, and 3rd in the men’s duo division. If we had had the wisdom and encouragement of my friend Jeff Radgowski to help us out, we would have done even better – especially because our time actually would have placed us second in the men’s trio division. Unfortunately Jeff couldn’t make it today, but he will be up to race with me tomorrow. Austin will be volunteering at the race tomorrow, and will probably be very happy he isn’t out running in the heat – he looked a bit tired after his very successful finish today 🙂

There were a couple of photographers taking pictures today, and I know there are some of us – at least at the finish & also on the podium receiving our traditional EX2 Adventures pint glasses and gift certificates – I will add them to this post when they are available on the race web site.

Tired Austin...

Tired Austin...

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