So sorry I'm later than usual with our Active Warriors Weekend update. Here you go:
Well, I saved the best for first. BROOK KIRKPATRICK did a little climb up the second highest peak in Colorado on Mount Massive (14,421 feet but who's counting?). She did the climb with her dad, a friend and her boyfriend, Jim. They reached the summit after missing the regular trail and when they got there, her boyfriend Jim had something to say. "BROOK WILL YOU MARRY ME?" After Brook caught her breath with her sea-level lungs, she said, "YES." It was definitely a MASSIVE day for Brook! Congratulations!
PATRICIA OBERHAUS did her her first triathlon and chose to do the world's largest. She completed the Accenture Chicago Tri and couldn't believe how well the race went, with all the spectators cheering along the course (just for you, Patricia). She said she had never done anything like it in her athletic career and now she knows how people get hooked on triathlons.
WANDA PREUSS, good for you keeping up with your walking to get back in shape and heal the body. You go, girl!
TOBY GUILLETTE and AIREY BARINGER completed the San Bernardino Traverse on Saturday. They tackled the 27-mile through-hike across the entire San Bernardino Mountain range in less than 10 hours. They reached the summit of San Gorgonio, the highest peak in southern California, just before a thunderstorm formed over Big Bear Lake. For an Active Video slideshow of the trip, visit Active Toby's Adventure Blog.
STEPHEN BRANSTETTER also did a triathlon. He competed in the Lake Sammamish Sprint Tri in Washington state with a swim of 400 meters, bike of 14.5 miles and a 3.5-mile run. Stephen ran the 3.5 in a fast time of 20:23, and that is great at the end of a swim/bike.
Triathlon fever here at Active with MAREA BLUE competing in one of the oldest tris in California, the Santa Barbara Sprint. She finished in 1:05 and that included bike trouble with her chain breaking a mile into the ride course. After a 10-minute fix she was on her way.
SHAWN BOOM and his wife tried their luck at a 21-mile, Class III, two-day whitwater rafting trip down the South Fork of the America River in California. It was a guided trip with people from all over the world on it. Yes, their entire raft did submerge but Shawn said it just fueled their desire for more. He recommends it to everyone before summer is over.
PATTI ROSENTHAL--who would have guessed she did a mountain Bike race. She won the masters women's division in the Dirt Lover's Mountain Bike race Colorado in just two hours. But she was disappointed
her friend the mountain lion didn't come for a visit while she was on the trail. Maybe next time, Patti.
IRONMAN CANADA was a great event. With as many Ironmans I've done, this one was pretty special--especially at the start. The event made history because it was the largest mass start (more than 2,600 racers) in the history of the sport. What a sight seeing all those triathletes getting into the water all at once. And TONY WHELAN was there to watch his first Ironman and now can't wait to learn how to swim so he can be out there one day.