This last week I read a post my nephew Kenny wrote for a publication offering tips to first time triathletes. Now Kenny is a pro triathlete who has some pretty impressive race wins (hill climb & tri) to his name and young age. I am a very happy Aunt when I receive the usual podium shots and post-race play-by-play phone calls from Kenny. But when I saw his name attached as an author - my pride overflowed. Kenny is not only winning, he is sharing the joy of participation. So proud! [link: Top 5 Tips for First Time Triathletes].
|My nephew, Kenny Rakestraw, racing the Vineman 70.3 Half Ironman triathlon on July 18th.|
|Je ne suis pas Ted King, mais je voudrais être|
Tejay van Garderen's (BMC) Father, is a bike racer himself and often competes in weekly crits in Boulder, CO. He also works Mavic support.
|Marcel van Garderen (second from left), Tejay van Garderen's Dad, with his Mavic support crew at the USA Pro Challenge in 2012. ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Lynn and Marcel in Aspen, Colorado, August 2012. ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Connie Carpenter Phinney, Breckenridge 2012. ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Davis Phinney (far left) with BMC staff members in Breckenridge, Colorado, 2012. ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Brothers Dale and Wayne Stetina, August 2012 . ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|2012 American National Champion Timmy Duggan found his Mom in the crowd in Santa Barbara, May 2013, in her matching jersey. ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|The Go Timmy Duggan Fan Club in Beaver Creek, CO (who also happen to be his family and includes his Dad and Mom). ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Ryan Eastman (USA) and James Oram (New Zealand National Champion) of Bontrager Cycling Team are greeted by Ryan's parents after Stage 4 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Axel Merckx in Santa Barbara, California, May 2013. ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
The man in the pants with the beer running along the side of the road who nearly bumped into my brother - don't make me come and punch you.Chris Froome used his brother as a double distraction from journalists during the Tour.
— Fran Millar (@franmillar) July 13, 2013
|Chris Froome's brother (Photo tweeted by Chris Froome)|
So the next time you are at a bike race and see the parents of a rider there cheering on their kid, go up and say hi and congratulate them on their child's achievements, you never know, maybe someday someone will do the same for you on your son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter. Won't you be proud?!
After all there is no more justifiable pride than pride in one's family.
|My other nephew, 7ft tall Kevin Rakestraw, with his very proud much shorter Mom Missy.|