I've had many days to reflect on my journey through life over the last 7 weeks while recovering from heart surgery. During this time not a day went by that I didn't think about how fortunate I am be surrounded by a wonderful family and life long friends that have lifted me up and inspired me through a challenging time in my life. It's impossible to thank everyone, however I truly appreciate all the emails, calls, visits in the hospital and prayers.
|Reece and Tristin in Hawaii 2006|
(Reece & Tristin 2006)
This was Reece's first trip Hawaii. We've already decided he needs to go college at UH so we'll have reason to come visit every year. Who knows we may end up back in Hawaii someday full time?
(Chicago Marathon 2006)
This was an amazing family trip to Chicago. I was fortunate to be part of the New Balance Global Centennial Team which provide an all expenses paid trip to run the Chicago Marathon. The entire experience was like a dream come true as I had trained for 6 months and I finally ran under 3 hrs! After 3 previous attempts I finally qualified for the Boston Marathon in April of 2007. I'm so glad I was able to share this with Tristin, Reece and my mom. Thanks for all braving the frigid cold and supporting me!
(Team Blaze members at the Turkey Trot 2007)
This photo is significant it represents some of the special people in our lives that have become good friends, enjoy having fun and triathlons! It was almost exactly one year after we thought we were having another child only to learn that life doesn't always make sense. We not only realized we weren't having another child as planned, but instead my beautiful wife and wonderful mother to Reece almost died in the process. This was probably the most helpless I've ever felt in my life as I watch my wife go from 100% healthy to being admitted to the hospital with unknown complications related to an internal staff infection that wasn't responding to antibotics. Tristin was so brave and courageous as she had to have multiple surgeries and staying in the SHMC for 6 of 8 weeks. Unfortunately, we learned we could only have one child, however the positive result was finally Tristin was healthy again. It made us both realize how fortunate we are to have Reece. I will never forget the support provide through all our Team Blaze friends!
|IM Canada 2008|
Ironman Canada was my 3rd IM distance adventure since 2004 and provided a great family trip to the beautiful Penticton BC. Tristin, Reece, my parents and Team Blaze friends all came to Canada too, so it was great to have an awesome support team! If you're looking for an amazing, unique and challenging IM course this is the race for you!
|Reece's first bike race Sept. 2009|
Chelan Triathlon (July 2010)
This picture represents another special weekend where Tristin and I raced a triathlon together after I was told I could/should never do another triathlon again after being diagnosed with a heart condition. I had strict order I had to let Tristin set the pace, so after the swim we rode and ran together! Reece also compete in his first kids triathlon and rocked the bike with no training wheels! This had to be one of the highlights of my summer as we camped out for the first time as a family with other Team Blaze athletes and families!