Tag Archives: Ironman

Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d’ Alene. Idaho 2014

Travel, Ironman Triathlon, Coeur d’ Alene Idaho

Being a tourist before the Ironman

This past June we traveled to the Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho to see our daughter Katie and son-in-law Ben run in the Triathlon. This was our first time to be in Coeur d’ Alene and it won’t be our last. The city of Coeur d’ Alene is named for the lake it is on. The lake is beautiful and is surround by scenic mountains with beautiful sun sets and sun rises. Coeur d’Alene is surrounded by dozens of lakes left by the glaciers of the Ice Age. Lake Coeur d’Alene is more scenic and offers many activities in and around the lake. We were impressed not only with the scenery of Coeur d’ Alene and the surrounding area but the people were some of the friendliest people we have met on any of our travels.

Travel, Ironman Triathlon, Coeur d’ Alene Idaho

Katie getting ready for the 2.4 mile swim

Travel, Ironman Triathlon, Coeur d’ Alene Idaho

Ben and Katie on the 26.2 mile (i.e. A marathon) run.

Ironman Coeur d’Alene started in 2003 and is held each year on the fourth Sunday in June. Triathletes start their day with a 2.4-mile (3.9 km) swim in Lake Coeur d’Alene, followed by a 112-mile (180 km) bike ride and finish with a 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run for a total of 140.6 miles (226.1 km). The city is a gracious host and made us as well as the triathletes feel welcome. The weather for this year’s triathlon couldn’t have been better. The weather was partly cloudy, with mild temperatures and a slight wind. The wind was probably the most problematic for the triathletes. This was the second Ironman for Ben this year. Ben will do two other Ironman’s later this summer. I don’t have a clue how he or anyone else can do one much less, four in one summer.

Ben and Katie stayed together for the race and finished together. This was the first time they had done this and they said it made the race that more enjoyable. Katie had a problem with her bike on the bike ride. She was glad Ben was there to help get her back on her way. This was our first time to see them do an Ironman. The beautiful location, the people of Coeur d’ Alene and the great weather all made for a good time. Janet and I look forward to doing it again.

travel, Coeur d' Adlene, Ironman Triathlon

The end of a perfect day…

More pictures and video… Below is a video I put together of Ben and Katie’s race.

For more information about Ben and Katie’s races and what it takes to be a triathlete checkout their website here.  www.TriFit-XT.com

My Favorite Links

These are some of my favorite links. I will add to them as time goes by… so check back from time to time… I hope you like them as much as I do.


People Sharing Jesus

This is the website of Crestview Baptist Church, our (Ivan & Janet’s) church home. If you do not have a church home we would like to invite you to attend with us through the internet. You can listen to each Sunday service by clicking on this link and you may listen to the sanctuary Bible study class also. The sermon and Bible study are usually posted by Sunday afternoon. Or if you are in the area you have a church home here. You may also want to checkout the sermon and Bible study archives on this page. Pastor Dan Wooldridge sermons have the Lords hand on them and Rev. Jack Phelps Bible studies are the most insightful I have ever been to and both are relative for today.

Reverendbiker’s Home Page

This is Reverend Jack Phelps’ (see above) website. To say he is an interesting guy would be an understatement. He a guy’s guy (taboos to prove it) and he’s not afraid to show it. If you haven’t checked out his website what are you waiting for. You won’t be sorry. And don’t forget to checkout the Bible Study he teaches here.


Blogs I Follow

Observations of a perpetual motorcyclist  is, as the name suggests, the observations of  David Cooper. David  has been a motorcyclist since age 3, and have been “on-road” since 17. David is in his 42nd year. David rides for pleasure as well as for transport, and teaches other people to ride as part of the NSW Roads and Traffic Authorities Compulsory Motorcycle Rider Training and Testing Scheme.



Ride Texas Magazine

This is a great magazine for information about riding in Texas and the surrounding area… and that is a big area. If you wonder, “What’s down that road?” RIDE TEXAS® is for you. Ride Texas has been exploring the back roads, byways and small towns of Texas and the neighboring states since 1998. It’s a quarterly travel journal for the type of travel you love, exploring on two wheels.

Road Runner Magazine

RoadRunner magazine is dedicated to serving active motorcycle enthusiasts by providing them with a comprehensive resource of national and international tours, exciting and picturesque new places to ride, and valuable information on new motorcycles and products that enhance their riding experience.

Rider Magazine

I like this magazine for a number of reasons, namely motorcycle reviews, gear reviews, touring stories, the photos, its blog and forum. Plus they send free stuff to review from time to time.


Motorcycle Gear


Since I got my Goldwing nearly everything I’ve added to the wing I have bought from Wing Stuff. I became a VIP member to get even better deals on their merchandise. I also like the reviews on the products as well a helpful information on installing the products.


Daughters’ Blog & Website

Coconut Mama

This is my oldest daughter’s blog. She like me suffered for years from really bad migraine headaches. She found that she could control hers by eating a gluten and dairy free diet. She has been collecting recipes that are gluten and dairy free and wants to share them with whomever would like to try them. Have a look and tell her I sent you.

Trifit XT

This is my other daughters (Youngest) website. She and her husband offer a coaching service specializing in endurance sports. They create custom plans to fit your personal needs and schedule.

Some of the sports they specialize in:

  • Triathlons- Sprint to Ironman distance
  • Duathlons- All Distances
  • Adventure Races- sprint to 24 hour races
  • Running events-any distance including adventure/mud runs
  • Cycling- Road racing, Time Trials, Mountain biking, and Bike Rides (MS 150)

They cater to all ability levels. From those aspiring to do their first race and finish to others looking to win their age group, category or accomplish elite status.


Graydon’s Critters

Artwork & Note cards for Nature Lovers… as seen through the eyes of a child. Graydon McKoy is 9 years old and is the owner, artist & reptile hunter. All proceeds go to sponsor a child in Niger, Africa and pay for a mission trip to Costa Rica, buy playground equipment for his church.

I was impressed and that is why his link is here. Have a look.