Monday, September 8, 2008

jimmy's 140.6 mile journey

The man of mine and Ada's dreams completed his first Ironman a week ago today. We are so proud of you babe!!! For those of you who are not familiar with an Ironman, it encompasses a 2.4 mile swim, a 113 mile bike followed by a marathon (26.2 mile run). I was exhausted just watching him in action. We had a great time cheering Jimmy. Thank you Brent and Becca for joining us in showing Jimmy support. I am thankful for so many reasons for you guys being able to make it, but one in particular is being able to help me with Ada. There is no way I could have done it without you guys. Unfortunately, our family reunion falls on labor day weekend every year so while my family really wanted to be in Louisville, KY, the locale for the race, they were unable to do so. Jimmy, Ada and I are about to be excommunicated from the family for missing the reunion. Truthfully, for Jimmy and I it is the third year in a row to miss. We have promised to be back next year. . . major tangent. Anyway, babe we are so very proud of you and your accomplishment. Words can not express it! Please see Jimmy's post here if you want details on the race and many more pictures.

This is Ada in route to her daddy's Ironman in Louisville, KY. She was a sweetheart the entire time. She was being too cute not to capture and for the record yes, I know I sound like a complete dorko on the video.

We arrived in Louisville on Thursday so Jimmy could get situated prior to his big day on Sunday. We were able to stay with my cousin Courtney and her husband Eric for the first half of our time in Louisville. Thank you guys so much!!! Sadly Courtney was at the aforementioned family reunion, but we were able to hang out with Eric a bit. . .so good to see you!

The anugural evening in Louisville we headed to a quaint part of Louisville to eat at Fat Jimmy's upon the recommendation of Courtney. Kudos to Courtney for the delicious recommendation with a great name.
Ada drank out of a straw for the first time while at Fat Jimmy's. Now that is all she wants to do when she sees her mommy or daddy or whomever else with a straw. Along with straws she has a new obsession for drinking from water bottles too.
The next day while Ada and I slept in (I don't think Jimmy could sleep out of excitement) Jimmy took a solo drive to do a final registration and scope out the locale. Upon his return, he and Ada went through his reading material for final tweaks of race day. All planning complete from the father daughter team and the three members of Team Moncrief all headed to downtown Louisville together to get a taste of the action.
Jimmy at the expo and loving every minute of it.
Ada and I were super excited about daddy swimming in this. . .

Joe's Crab Shack for lunch and Graeter's Ice Cream for dinner made for a day of yummy food. At Graeter's, around since 1870, I had the best brownie sundae imaginable. Jimmy is a turkey. He says let's go to Graeter's and then we got there and he did not even order. I was so close to sharing with Ada so I did not have to be a piglet all by myself.

While at Courtney and Eric's, Ada really stepped up on her crawling moves.
Saturday morning we moved to downtown Louisville to be closer to the action. This was Ada's first time in a hotel and she seemed to love every moment of it. We stayed at 21c (21st century), a very swanky hotel located within an art museum. It is North America's first museum to house art solely from the 21st century. One crazy amenity that none of us had encountered prior to the stay, was a fully loaded iPod in each room. I seriously thought the previous guest had left theirs. I wonder what type of amenities will be available when Ada is our age or if there will even be such a thing as hotels.

The onesie that Ada is sporting along with all of our personalized attire for the weekend came from this site. The personalized onesie from this post is also from the same site. The prices are incredible. $8.99 for a personalized onesie and the prices on adult shirts are very reasonable as well.

Honestly, at this point in the post I am becoming tiresome of uploading pictures so I am going to finish off with a slideshow. That is, if there are still any interested parties left : ) (sorry, some of the pictures are copious :)

We are so very proud of you and your accomplishments. We love you very much!


Pen and Ink Calligraphy said...

Wow! What an amazing and inspiring accomplishment! Congratulations, Jimmy (and Brittany and Ada too, for being such great support - I love the shirts!)

Summer said...

Great post! I am so in awe of Jimmy--and of you and Ada and your friends too for being so supportive. I love all the photos. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

Whew! I got tired just reading about all he did!! I am really impressed! Love all the pics.

Jessica said...

Reed watched the video of Ada intently. And cried when it was over. So we watched it three more times.

Your pictures are great as always!!

Amy said...

Been waiting for this post! Jimmy... the Bradberry family extends our highest congrats... Even though we saw you this weekend, I did not get to hear all about it, so dinner in the near future is a must! Can't wait to hear all your stories! Brittany I am loving the pics! My favorite is of Ada kicked back on the hotel room bed! She is just getting so big! Soon she will be running around with Anna Kate (not that AK can actually RUN yet... oh well you know what I mean!)!

Ivey Handcrafted said...

What a wonderful trip - I love all the photos - I think my favorite things are that you ran with them and your best friends were there with FABULOUS tshirts...just a great post! Glad you guys had fun - so glad Jimmy got to do the race and finished! We are really proud of him! xoxo

Kevin & Lacey Hammontree said...

Go Jimmy! I'm glad someone can do that I however cannot.

Love the pictures of Ada.

Lacey H

MELDUST said...

Brittany - love the post!! GO JIMMY!!! Or as Dusty is now calling him - the Beast!!! Wish we were there - looks like it was an absolutely incredible experience.

Brad and Shana said...

Thanks for taking us with you (in pictures). It's the next best thing. Congrats to Jimmy, that is such a huge accomplishment!

From the looks of it, y'all had an amazing time. We're proud for you.

Again, some darling shots of Ada-luv.........keep 'em coming.


Jenny said...

Congratulations Jimmy! That is so awesome...mad props to ya on your accomplishment! Those pictures are absolutely guys are precious.