So, does anyone read this? If you do, you may have noticed a significant amount of time passed (even by my own standards) between the posting of Philly Tri Day 1 (Sprint) and Philly Tri Day 2 (Olympic). Besides the obvious reason that I am not particularly attentive to updating this blog on a regular (or even semi-regular basis), the biggest reason was something pretty awesome happened in the meantime.
On Wednesday, June 27th, my younger brother Jonathan won the Lightweight Men’s 1x at the U23 World Championship Trials at Mercer Lake, just outside of Princeton, and where he first learned to row in the spring of 2005. That win was the coolest thing I have ever gotten to experience first hand, watching the first 1500m of the race on my iPhone via ustream, and standing, watching him come past the 1750m marker with a 1/2 length open on the field. I was in total cheerleader/proud Dad mode – screaming for him, jumping up and down, carrying on as if I had any control of the outcome. As he rowed past me, I sprinted down to the finish line just in time to watch him cross the line. I don’t know how to put this more elegantly or better capture my feelings – it was SO cool. My little brother, officially a representative of the United States in international competition.