Saturday, November 8, 2008

Day 194

Today, was Ben's big day!! We are in Traverse City, recovering from the big race. Ben (and several friends) participated in the Annual Iceman Challenge ( a 27 mile point-to-point mountain bike race).

Ben fought nerves as he (and 2500 other bikers) got their bikes ready for take-off.

Mr. superhero!

My contribution? Pinning the number on!

Pre-race jitters overcome by toughness!

Me, being a very good wifey, and taking LOTS of pictures (328 to be exact)!

What would an adventure be without our best friends?

Meeghan and I win Wife-of-the-Year awards. 7 Hours outside taking pictures in 40 degree weather in rain and hail! We traipsed through the woods to cheer our men on!

I've seriously never been prouder of my Ben. His finishing time was 2:54:15! I wanted to sing my love from the mountaintops; I was so proud! He was so diligent all year in his training and beat out all but one of his friends!

He was all glory and glamor across the finish line...but this is how I found him immediately after:

Chris, Ben, Corey, Kevin, and Jesse celebrating their finish!

They deserve SERIOUS kudos.

As my heart swelled with pride, my eyes filled with tears. How did I get so lucky? I had the best day watching Ben in his element--so determined...and motivated. If I had to choose between Ben and baby, I would choose Ben every time. He is my Ben. My life. My hero.


  1. Yea, Ben! So awesome...what an accomplishment :) I like the IceMan hat!

    And also, I like your coat, B.

    love ya!

  2. Hi there... Just wanted to say that I've recently stumbled upon your blog and really have enjoyed reading. I just realized that we're neighbors, too! I live south of Detroit.

  3. I got all tearey eyed also! I don't know if it is because of Ben's accompishment or because of your support and pride for him! You guys are so stinkin cute!

  4. That is so awesome!! I'm very touched by what you said about him vs. baby and I totally understand! I thank God that I have that same relationship with my honey so, I get that!
    I know God is going to honor that rock solid foundation of a marriage you have by blessing you with children! The children only make it richer and you'll be full of so much more pride for him as you watch him be a father!
    I'm so anxiously waiting for you!!!!
    I check every day.....ready to rejoice!!!!

  5. Go Ben!! This is so sweet, I love all your pictures and your sweet sentiments about your hubby. :)


  6. Yay for Ben and friends! You and your friend definitely deserve Wife-of-the-Year honors for braving the elements :)

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. As usual, they are fantastic... I'm saving for a new Nikon D-SLR at the moment. Your pictures are inspirational.

  7. Very impressive!

    In all of your posts, I can just FEEL the love and respect b/w you and Ben. It's wonderful, thanks for sharing.

  8. That's awesome!! Yea Ben!! I love that you call yourself "wifey". I do the same, but didn't realize other people did too. :o)
    **YEAH REBEKAH!!!**

  9. So proud of all of them. What an accomplishment. Had a great time. It was fun to get away...even in the filth :)

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