Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Sheriff's Car, A Wedding, and 14 years later

No, I didn't fall off a cliff in Boulder or got eaten by an Elk, and yes I did survive my race. It was such a life changing event that it is taking me a long time to process. Not to mention since we have gotten back our life has been in overdrive. I will get a full update on the race up soon with lots of pics, but I could not let today go by without recognizing its significance. 

Please forgive my grammatical errors, but this post is about the Keebler Blog Editor in Chief so she can't read it until I post it. Today was the day that I was delivered to a small Methodist church in Snyder by non other than a local sheriff's deputy for my wedding day. A long but somewhat typical story of me in general :) It was also the last chance that my beautiful wife, Susan, had to run away. Thankfully she chose to stick around!

I could not have imagined spending this last 14 years with anyone else. It really doesn't seem like it has been that long, and every step of the way we have always been there for each other. Just writing this I can't help but smile thinking of all the joy and happiness we have had together. Yes like any couple we have had struggles, but they have been blurred by the good times. In my heart I know that only together can we be the best version of ourselves.

Today also is the anniversary from when we were honored to dedicate a memorial for my Dad (JD) at the Heart Cath Lab waiting room at Covenant. I just watched the video again that was done by the City of Lubbock PIO department for the event, and the emotions from that day instantly came back. It is a physical reminder of my Dad, but like this blog, I hope it to always be a place for inspiration for a better you.

Also, on this day of anniversaries it reminded me of what a great Dad he was, and watching him with my Mom he was the best inspiration for me to be the best husband that I can be for Susan.

I hope that you check out the video and are inspired to want to be better, and then go out and inspire others to do the same!

JD's Heart

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A few more hours

Well it has been a few days and a few miles behind me since I last posted. We took our time getting to Boulder, and it was so weird to actually drive for 2 days through rain. I can't remember the last time that  I saw that much rain. Unfortunately, because of the rain, I wasn't able to get in some of my scheduled workouts, but at this point it is just good to keep moving. At this point, I am not going to do anything to improve my fitness for the race.

It is just so hard to chill out and relax. My family and the Hurst's (our travel buddies) have been off on some grand adventures, and I have been able to take in some of it. The majority of the time I have been trying to relax. You would think that would be an easy thing to do but it really hasn't been.

Even though I nearly always train by myself I really do like being around people. I always feel my energy comes from being around others, and I am hoping that tomorrow morning it really kicks in.

It would be a lie to say that I am not nervous, but I am surprisingly not overwhelmed with it yet. Maybe that will come in the morning. After thinking, talking, and training for this race all year I am ready to get it started.

I am most excited about getting to see so many of the Lubbock group racing tomorrow, and I wish them the best of luck and prayers for a great race for everyone:

Chris Toelle
Chad Elrod
Heath Pennell
Allison Pennell
Scott Burris
Nicole Adams
Jeff Hancock

Let's let Boulder see what it is like to have a lot of soulshine coming from Lubbock, TX!

I hope to see all of you on the other side of this Ironman!


Just a few of the Keebler Crew at Athlete Checkin