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    ... THE PERKES. We still consider ourselves newlyweds [we've been married for almost 5 years]. Our firstborn, Jace, is now 2 years old, and became a big brother when Sofia Rain joined our family in November 2012. We are from the East Coast [Luisa is from MA and Nate is from NH]. We are Bronco's Fans [We've lived in the Boise area for almost 5 years]. We are travelers. We are athletes and we are dancers. We are enthusiastic about food. We are spontaneous. We are addicted to the sun. We are in love.

    Most importantly... we are HAPPY. We are the Perkes.


So…this is Nate. Now, I know I rarely [if ever, I think] post on this blog, but I’m making a special guest appearance to post about Luisa’s SECOND and my first triathlon. She’s amazing! I do have to apologize in advance, however, because this won’t be quite as witty and clever as Luisa’s posts are. Let me just start out by talking numbers so you can get an idea of how wimpy I am, and what a tough cookie my wife is:

Nate’s Sprint Tri:
Swim: 500 Yards
Bike: 12.4 Miles
Run: 3.1 Miles

Luisa’s Olympic Tri:
Swim: 1 Mile
Bike: 24.9 Miles
Run: 6.2 Miles

As you can see, Luisa’s Tri was twice as long as mine in almost everything except for the swim, which was THREE times longer. Here are some pictures from the day.
Here’s Luisa and I before our swim…feeling nervous!!
Here’s Luisa and Chelsea, our friend from Church who also did the Olympic Tri with Luisa.
Here I am stretching…..or something.
Luisa’s last leg of the run.
The power team of girls that did the Triathlon after finishing!
[Luisa's Inspirational Friends- Chelsea and Blu!]
The weather was much nicer than Luisa’s last tri, which was about 104 degrees. The morning was quite cold and the water was freezing, but other than that, it was ideal for a triathlon. Overall, it was an amazing experience. I honestly think I had a smile on my face for most of the race because it was just so wonderful having everyone there cheering you on. Even people as they passed you or as you passed them, would say, “Way to go! Keep it going! You’re doing great!!!” Although, I do have to admit, while doing the Triathlon in my mind I was saying: “WHYYYY?!?!?! What on earth would provoke me to do this!?!?! I’m never doing this again!” and honestly, the minute after I crossed the finish line, the first thing I thought was, “Let’s do that again!” It was a fabulous day! Hopefully, there will be many more events to come and, of course, we’ll post about them all!
P.S. Luisa Here. I just needed to add a side comment to Nate’s narrative.
It was a really tough experience. I don’t think I’ve ever challenged myself physically as I did that day. It paid off though! Apparently, I burned about 2300-2500 calories!! Aside from that, I feel like a tribute is in order for a person I “met” during this event. Right off, during the swim I was one of the slower of the Olympic women. I found a person who I thought I could match in speed and promised myself to stick with that person for the rest of the swim. All I could see was #359 on her swim cap. I passed her about half way through the swim, but when I was in the transition area preparing for my bike, I saw her and she was actually an older lady. I headed off on my bike, and about half way through I peeked back and saw her on my tail. We kind of passed eachother back and forth for a couple miles, but eventually, she over took me and I saw written on the back of her leg [where they write our age, number and the event we are doing, whether it be the Sprint, the Olympic or the Aquabike], and Mrs. 359 was 69 years old!!! I couldn’t believe it. I was competing for endurance, fitness, strength and speed with a woman who could be my grandmother.
*Dear #359: You are amazing. I hope someday I can write ’69′ on the back of my left calf and know that I have lived as fully as you. My admiration is yours. Sincerely, #203

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Shannon - Oh my goodness. Way proud of you both!! Natey, I told you the day you got married that you would never have the upper hand again. LOL! Here goes Luisa, still proving it.

***Wisa, I had a Mom moment. I was totally tearing up when I read about the 69 year old woman.

Smooches to you!!

The Perkes Family - You guys are awesome, I love hearing about everyones experiences as they accomplish their goals, and prove to themselves that they can exceed all expectations of themselves. Its the best feeling, Way to go you Two!

Ken and Jen Perkes - Nate: Guess you really are an ATHLETE!!! We are very proud of you. Now let's see what you can do when you train! Just try and keep up with your amazing wifey!

Luisa: YOU ARE AN UBER-ATHLETE!!! I don't even know anyone who has completed an Olympic Triathlon! And it is so you to feature another inspiring woman–quickly diverting the spotlight off of you. Luisa, there is no doubt that you will be sucking the marrow from life well into your sixties and beyond! I am so incredibly proud of you!!!

Wish I could crown your head with a wreath of laurel leaves. You deserve it, you mighty Olympian!

Hugs with deep admiration!


Mandy - WAY TO GO you guys! You are awesome for doing that! I love the grandma story…how awesome is that!!?? We should all be that motivated.

Bree - Wow wow wow!!!! You two are so awesome!! Nate–you didn't even train?? You're crazy, but way to go!!!! :) Sounds like you've got "the fever". Luisa–how are you smiling thru it all?? I love how happy and positive you are! I'm proud of you!! I have no doubt you'll be doing this in your 60s. :D

Brooke - I AM AMAZED! Way to go Nate…that's exactly how I feel, too…why on earth am I doing this! And then the minute it's over I can't wait to do it again. I'm really impressed! And Luisa–you are Wonderwoman. I really am blown away that you completed those distances. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. I actually can't wait to get back into tri's. First things first, though…I'm still working on having the strength to vaccuum. During our date last Friday, Josh and I spent a few hours at Scheels. I bought some Zoot tri shorts in anticipation of the day I can compete again. We should pick a race next summer, maybe when we come visit in Boise, that we could all do together. I would love do one with you. Great job, both of you!

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