On April 18th Eric competed in the Iron Man 70.3 in New Orleans. He went with his good friend Jason Carroll. This was a 1/2 Iron Man: 1.2 mile swim in Lake Ponchatrain (gross! although Eric said it wasn't bad), 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run. He did great! Lucas was sick that weekend so we couldn't go cheer him on, but we were able to keep up with his progress via the IM website.
I am SO proud of him!! He has come so far with his training in the past year. You can see for yourself at his training website.
On Memorial Day, he competed in the LJCC Memorial Day Triathlon which was super-sprint race. He did a 200 yd swim, 8.5 mile bike, 2 mile run. Eric's parents came out to help Lucas and I cheer him on. It was a lot of fun. We went to the Levite Jewish Community Center in Birmingham. Any one from the good ole days of Shades Cliff Swim Team (holla!) remember this facility? Well, let me just say that it is a fantastic facility (although the pool is very shallow so there is no diving). We had a great time. We stayed until the end and I am so glad that we did because Eric placed!! He came in 3rd in his division!! He got up on the podium...we were so excited!! Way to go Eric!!
On June 12th, Eric competed in the Buster Britton Triathlon at Oak Mountain, which was another sprint. He did a 400 yd swim, 13 mile bike, and the 5K run. Eric's mom, sister Melissa, and nephew Jackson came with Lucas and I to cheer him on. It was a lot of fun...but WOW it was hot!! We felt bad for the athletes having to compete in the heat/humidity. It is always fun to try to find Eric in the sea of racers (we all had a talk with him that he needs a new jersey that isn't all black so we can find him easier. He did great with this race too!