I kind of regret not blogging for the past year and a half, which has been one of the most exciting times in my life. Someday I will discover the perfect balance between pure experience and keeping good records. It hasn’t happened yet, though.
So what happened?
If you were following along, I *did* race in the Hawaii Ironman, and it was a kick. It was the most stressful tropical vacation I ever hope to have, and I had a solid race. I stopped on the bike to give eventual women’s winner Chrissie Wellington a CO2 cartridge to fix her flat tire, and went on to finish 35th or so on the back of a 3:01 marathon. Lots of my family and friends were there, and it was awesome.
Steph and I got married in June of 2009, which was every bit as amazing as we had hoped. We scored the only sunny Saturday of the entire summer to share with our family and friends, got married outside by the ministers of the churches each of us grew up in, and talked the country club into letting us have a 400 square foot inflatable bouncy castle at the reception. Every part of the planning, ceremony, and reception went better than we had dared to hope, and we were overwhelmed with the awesomeness of sharing that time with our family and friends.
Then we took a sailing trip, just the two of us on a 32 foot sailboat. It was a blast. The photo on the right shows Steph with windblown hair at the helm, sailing on the Caribbean trade winds.
When we got home, I had viral meningitis and decided to quit triathlon to give both of us a chance to do some of the other things we both wanted to try. We started boat shopping in September. A few weeks ago we closed on the boat on the left here, a 37 foot sailboat we are re-christening “Megatron”.
This is a new chapter Steph’s and my life, and a big adventure that we are excited to have together. The chance for this kind of adventure doesn’t come around every decade, so we are grabbing it and making the most of it. It’s sad to be leaving our friends and a community that we know and love, but it’s also exciting – we’re moving on board a boat! With no clear idea what to expect! I mean, what could be a bigger adventure?
Our apartment lease expires next Monday, March 22, and we’re driving to Boston to move aboard. AHOY!