Where have I been?
Busy Busy Busy!
Well, this is going to be a catch-up catch-all blog today as I have been neglectful in keeping this upto date.
So quickly, here’s what has happened:
Windermere Marathon: Well as you can guess, I didn’t make my Boston qualifying time of 3:45:49. I missed it by 3 minutes and 8 seconds. I won’t go into it all here, it would take WAY to long, but you can read my review of the race here. And here’s a link to some of the pictures. The last one says it all.
Trip with my Dad: Well about two days after finishing the marathon I headed off to Terra Haute, In., to meet my Dad and visit his old stomping grounds. What an amazing time we had! It started off with an amazing meeting of my Dad and Wanda his cousin who he lived with when he was 12 through 18. They hadn’t seen each other in over 54 years! In fact almost everyone that met my Dad said, “Puzzy! (that was his nick name) We thought you were dead!”.
The trip started off with a miraculus meeting of Wanda who we had NO IDEA of where we were going to meet. We were just driving along and said, “Hey, let’s stop here at this gas station and see if we can call them”. So we went in and asked for a phone book and as the clerk handed me it we heard over the intercom, “Attention: Is there a Mooter, a Paul Mooter in the store?”. We turned and looked at each other and then walked to the center of the store and Wanda’s husband, Carl, walked over and said, “Are you Paul? We thought you were dead!”. Well, we couldn’t believe it! We had just picked this random gas station and they they were waiting for us. Truely a God moment!
We spent some great days going around and visiting Dad’s grade school, High School in New Goshen and then his old home stead where there once was a Mooter Gas Station / Gorcery Store.
Then we found the old grave site. What a strange feeling to see your name on a grave stone. In fact I was named after my Dad’s Dad.
Well we have so many good times and I will write more about them later including some audio recordings of my Dad telling the story how how his Dad died in the mine and even how to drive an old Model A Ford. (Not as easy as you might think!)
Suffice to say for now that I am so thankful to my wife for letting me go on this trip with my 84 year old Dad. This was a trip of a life time and I will never forget it!
Here’s a link to some of the pictures. Please be sure to check from time to time as I will have updated it with many more pictures and videos.
Ironman Volunteering: Guess what Steve-o and I are doing this Saturday and Sunday? No, not the race! BUT we are going to volunter on Saturday and Sunday so that on Monday we’ll have the 1st chance of registrying for Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2010!! OH YEAH BABY!!!!!
I knew some day I would FINALLY do a FULL Ironman and I thought it would be in 2009 but when I went to sign up I was SHOCKED at how much it cost so I just couldn’t pull the trigger. So this year we scrimped and saved and come Monday, Steve and I will drive over to CDA and plop down $550.00 (gulp!) for the honor of working our tail off to try and compete and complete our 1st Ironman next year.
A Year of 1st: This has been a year for 1st both for me and Steve.
For me, it was my first Ultra Marathon of 37 miles. Steve joined me for the last 10 miles and was instrumental in getting me to the finish line.
For Steve this was his 1st Marathon and although he had some cramping issues he was so proud to have finish such a tough distance. Great job Steve!
For both of us it was the 1st time we had ever ridding over a 100 miles. 101.6 to be exact!
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