Friday, March 24, 2006

My foundation, Volume 1

Okay, so I'm blatantly stealing from Eric here...he does this great thing every Friday called "Friends and Family Friday" and it's fun to see! So I'm not nearly as disciplined nor can I think up such a catchy name...so I'm going to do this whenever the mood strikes me (probably not weekly, but hey, who knows....maybe more than weekly--I sorta fly by the seat of my pants on this thing). I'm going to call it My Foundation. These people are the things that have grounded me and made me who I am. They've influenced me and helped me get this far, and for various reasons they are helping me get to Ironman MOO. Figured the least I could do is thank them and give them some props. :)

So Volume 1 would have to be my best friend and husband, Matt. Sometimes in life you never know how things will end up. Our first date would occur in 1992 when he came to a band festival to ask me to Homecoming (yes, I was a band-geek and proud of it). He actually paid $5 to get into the stupid thing just to ask me out.

But the funny thing is we remained friends. We never actually dated...well, not until 2001, that is!


Now I can't imagine life without him. He is a great support for me as I tend to be a *teensy* bit type-A and can worry/stress out a bit. :) (That's putting it mildly) This guy is the epitome of calm. I rarely see him get worked up about anything, which is good, since I sometimes get worked up about nothing. Sometimes, I'll be freaking out about something: work, hill repeats, how-am-I-ever-going-to-get-in-a-4-hour-brick-this-weekend?, cleaning the bathroom, chopping a tomato, who knows what else, and he'll just make me laugh because he's so calm in the face of my temporary insanity. It's great because he makes me realize that life just isn't so serious, you know? Sometimes you just gotta take a deep breath and roll with it.


He loves adventure--that's why HE'S the mountain biker, and I'm the roadie. He introduced me to backpacking and I really have fallen in love with it. We are so excited to backpack the Grand Canyon in less than a month! We've had lots of fun adventures backpacking and hiking, like this one in West Virginia last August. It's amazing how relaxing it can be to lug a 25 pound thing on your back--who knew? :)

He's a phenomenal athlete, too. He's got this quiet sense of athleticism. You never see him bragging about how good of a soccer player he is, or how he was recruited by several Division I schools for football. In fact, not many people even know that. He's got a real classy and quiet style of leadership that draws people to him as he coaches his high school soccer team, too.


So thanks to Matt, for being there to support me, to laugh with me, and to calm me down and make me laugh at myself. I'm so excited to share my first Ironman with him and couldn't do it without him at my side supporting me through this slightly insane journey. I'm a lucky, lucky girl!

12 comments:

TryAthlete said...

Like the idea of "The Foundation". I think you're both lucky to have each other!

Papa Louie said...

It is great to have a very supportive man. I am amazed how a married woman with all the responsibilites of work and family can manage to stay sane. I guess that's where it helps to have a better half to help support the other.

tri-mama said...

Ok, that brought a little tear to my eye-it's great to have someone in your life who has your back and holds your hand at the same time.

BuckeyeRunner said...

Awwww - you guys are so cute together! And what a great support system. An integral part of your IM training, no doubt. Thanks for sharing your pictures - they're really beautiful.

nancytoby said...

So did they make you walk out on that breakwater thing through the seagull poop in your beautiful dress for those gorgeous shots? :-)

Very sweet.

DaisyDuc said...

Sara, So glad you have found the one who is such a perfect match for you! As lucky as you are to have him in your life, I am sure he is jsut as lucky to have you!

I like these foundation posts!

Scott said...

Just beautiful Sara! All teary here in T.O.

Eric said...

Great way to share with us. I was happy to meet Matt at Curly Su's recital. Good to see the man behind the woman.

Rae said...

What a sweetie! Your wedding looks absolutely beautiful!

Keryn said...

What an amazing guy! I am so delighted to hear about other people who married their best friend. Too many women I know spend all their time whining about how he won't take out the trash or that he never helps with the dishes. As if that's all that's important to them. You nailed this one...thanks! I'm gonna go give my man a big kiss.

E-Speed said...

You guys are so cute! He did have a very calm air about him! I am sure he helps keep you sane just like my husband does for me!

Chris said...

Hurray for Ironmates! Without supportive SO's, these Iron dreams just wouldn't be possible!