08.01.13 Personal

The Finish Line

t the beginning of the year, JD wrote out a list of things he wanted to accomplish for the year. Now, this is usually a commendable act and feels like the beginning of a Hallmark Christmas special, but things with my husband are slightly complicated. Partially because he loves the idea of starting something, but the whole FINISHING thing gets in the way. As proof of this sentiment, JD has a guitar, soccer cleats, a Do-It-Yourself hair cut kit, a jiu jitsu gee, a trumpet, a boogie board, a one-man camping tent, and six-foot long trimming shears in our garage. These are mementos of a time in history when starting something sounded nice.

And, really, a TRUMPET?!?

Anyway, when JD added Do A Triathlon to his 2013 bucket list, I rolled my eyes and asked if I should make space in the garage. In spite of my doubt, my husband trained for six months and completed his first triathlon!

We made our way to Santa Barbara the day before the triathlon and when JD registered, he leaned over and whispered, Is it just me or does everyone here look like they walked off the set of American Gladiator? It was incredibly intimidating, but the next morning, he was up at 5 a.m. to get his gear ready.

At 7 a.m. I joined him at the beach with my camera to document his big moment and just before he went to the water, I leaned over and kissed him. I couldn't help it...I was just so darn proud of him. JD shook his head and said, No, no! You're not supposed to do that! You're supposed to slap me in the face to get me FIRED UP! You're doing it all wrong!

My husband has apparently watched too many Rocky movies.

Going into the water for the mile swim...and coming out...

The craziest thing about JD is that you'll always find him smiling. Always. Life is one big smile fest for him. As he rode 22 miles on the bike, he smiled like he was in a pageant.

I'm guessing part of why JD smiled was because he had some great people to cheer him on. As he ran five miles, our friends were there to support him...

The Finish Line

A little post-triathlon maintenance...

The good thing about being friends with photographers is that they can grab your camera and snap a photo you'll love for the rest of your life.

I surprised JD by making personalized t-shirts and our friends wore them to support our champ!

Many, many thanks to our dear friends Shane+Mikaela, Regis Chen, and Brandon+Kristin for coming out and making the day so perfect...

After the triathlon, we spent the day in Santa Barbara, relaxing, laughing...and...

....TOASTING! Thank you, Mikaela, for the last two photos!

I'm incredibly proud of JD and when he crossed the finish line, I felt like he proved something to me, but--more importantly--to himself. Sure, his bike is resting in our garage, but this time we don't mind as much.
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Matt Heath - Congrats :)  08.16.13 - 3:02pm
Bobbie Brown - CONGRATS JD!!!!! Awesome accomplishment! And really, I laughed out loud at the 'smiling' part! A pageant? Hysterical!   08.14.13 - 12:41pm
Gail - GASP! HOW DID I MISS THIS POST!!!! I feel like I have to offer my OFFICIAL congrats on the blog for this major accomplishment for JD! That smiley guy...I love him (and you) so!   08.12.13 - 8:10am
cassandra-m - C-O-N-G-R-A-Y-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S JD on your triathlon. Now to learn the ha ha. :)  08.07.13 - 5:50pm
Haydn rydings - Well done JD! :)   08.06.13 - 2:15pm
Zarah Casto - Either our husbands are related or all guys are this way. I'm going to have to ask my girlfriends about their guys now. Mine has a mountain bike, drum set, treadmill, RC cars, snowboard, 4x4, Kuk Sool Won Gee, tools, etc. that are collecting dust in my garage. Luckily my work/hobby is photography which I remind him daily, "at least my hobby makes money and takes up a small corner of the garage!" ;)  08.05.13 - 11:00pm
Katie Jackson - Wow! I totally thought JD had "255" tattoos, LOL. Because sharpie totally looks like a tattoo...NOT. LOL. Anyway, congrats to JD!!!   08.05.13 - 5:08pm
Monika Greenaway - WAY TO GO JD!!  08.05.13 - 4:15pm
Roz Skinner - Can you ever watch too many Rocky movies??  08.05.13 - 1:36am
Evonne & Darren Wong | U Me Us Studios - Congrats, JD! That's quite an accomplishment! And Jasmine... love that "GO JD GO" T-shirt. It's awesome! :)  08.05.13 - 12:38am
Sara Lucero - Such a great wife. Encouraging, loving, caring. And JD running reminds me of that pinterest guy... the most photogenic guy ever running the marathon. Ever seen him? He's got nothing on JD! :)   08.04.13 - 11:53am
Ashley Rogers - May I just say, I hope that I'll be as awesome a wife someday as you are to JD. :) You guys inspire me!  08.03.13 - 1:33pm
Candice Lanning - I love this. I love how you see him, even after all of the years you've been together. Makes my heart smile! Congrats JD on such an incredible triumph!  08.03.13 - 8:37am
Aimee - "Smiled like he was in a pageant." Classic. If I were reading a book, I'd underline it and put a little star next to that description.   08.02.13 - 12:01pm
scott - Way to go JD !! Always wanted to do a tri but I dont have the abs for it. Well done !  08.02.13 - 11:09am
Morgan Leigh - I loved "As he rode 22 miles on the bike, he smiled like he was in a pageant." Haha!   08.02.13 - 9:43am
Jennifer Hudspeth - GO JD!!! Loved the t-shirts! Love seeing your 'outside of photography' life. : )  08.02.13 - 9:01am
denise karis - Can JD please come live with me for like 3 months out of the year? He IS so smiley - its awesome!!!! WELL DONE JD! Congratulations!!!!   08.02.13 - 6:11am
Leanne Wight - Wow! Congratulations to JD! Way to set a goal and stick to it! You are an inspiration! :)  08.02.13 - 5:46am
Susie - Congrats, JD!  08.02.13 - 5:40am
Cindy Habel - That's awesome JD...congrats!!  08.02.13 - 4:15am
Delia - Wow and what an achievement!! Congratulations JD, well done! x  08.02.13 - 2:41am
Trix Malan - Congrats JD!! There is hope for me yet - I completely identify with the passionate starter, but terrible finisher!  08.02.13 - 2:09am
Shane Bradley - Favorite line of the day "You guys better grab some lawn chairs, it's gonna be a while -Jd" (as he is running past our cheering section half way through the triathlon.) The most accommodating and smiley triathlete out there! #gojdgo  08.01.13 - 10:37pm
LEOLAK - Congrats JD!!! Great pics...thanks for sharing the moment!  08.01.13 - 9:48pm
Katelyn James - Absolutely love this!!! Congrats JD!!!!!!   08.01.13 - 8:43pm
Joy Jarvis - Way to go JD. Truly an incredable journey. What a great accomplishment.  08.01.13 - 7:18pm
Josephine Minerva - Great job and congrats JD! I know that feeling when I targetted to finish my own 42km marathon too last time! :) Hoorayyy!   08.01.13 - 6:36pm
Ray Urner - Much respect!  08.01.13 - 4:49pm
Tina - I love that he's always smiling! My hubby is the same way, it's so nice being married to such a happy person, no? :)  08.01.13 - 12:34pm
Brittani - Congratulation JD. =) And J*, to you too, for being an awesome wifey. <3  08.01.13 - 12:05pm
Alli McWhinney - Congrats, JD! What an awesome accomplishment...and done with a smile! And the celebration with Veuve is just perfect :-)  08.01.13 - 11:52am
Arantxa - Seems such a good experience. So much love between all of you!!   08.01.13 - 11:47am
the whyte house - Well done, JD!! Those shirts are so great. I love that even with his back turned, Shane's head is impossible to miss. ;)  08.01.13 - 11:34am
Elizabeth - Congrats JD awesome job!!! Love the pic of him kissing sweet I would frame that one!!!   08.01.13 - 11:17am
Leandra Brown - That's so awesome! Congratulations JD!  08.01.13 - 11:11am
m* - Go! JD! Go! Finishing things and filling up the gas tank are totally over rated!   08.01.13 - 10:24am
Chris Lin - Congrats JD! Major Props for taking on that challenge (and having an awesome wife to document it for you)  08.01.13 - 10:22am
Julie - Awwww! Congratulations JD. What a feat! My hubbie is training for a Tough Mudder contest this year. All I know is that it involved a lot of mud. Maybe you should join him!  08.01.13 - 10:15am
Autumn Lee - Way to go JD!!! What an inspiration and I love the shirts! Go JD GO! I on the other hand, will sit here on my couch and enjoy a brownie for you!  08.01.13 - 10:14am
Kate O'Brien - I remember when JD used to refuse to workout with you! Now look at him! He should be really proud of himself :)  08.01.13 - 10:14am
ashley barnett - PLEASE tell me you sang "Go JD Go JD GO" the entire time. Super excited for him - and kind of in awe...the thought of even running 5 miles (let alone biking 22 and swimming a mile), gives me hives hahaha...congrats JD!! :)  08.01.13 - 10:08am
Paulina - congrats to JD! that looks so awesome. =) (p.s. love the custom t-shirts ;) )  08.01.13 - 10:03am
Annetta - Way to go JD!!  08.01.13 - 9:49am
Mavi - Congrats, JD! Loved the post and pics...felt like I was there cheering him on!  08.01.13 - 9:28am
Laura - Beautiful post. Congrats JD!  08.01.13 - 9:23am
Michelle - GO JD GO! Life is one big smile because it should be one big smile. You should be so darn proud of yourself! WOOHOO!  08.01.13 - 9:20am
JR - Now you need Outex for your camera so you can get dirty with JD on his tris... Hope you like it, or  08.01.13 - 9:19am
Marlene - Congrats JD! Awesome job and awesome pictures!! Love you guys!!   08.01.13 - 9:19am
Pam - Love these pictures! Great accomplishment JD!   08.01.13 - 9:15am
Tiffany - How awesome of you, great story! Congrats, JD!  08.01.13 - 9:13am
Pat OBrien - Great story and Congrats JD!  08.01.13 - 9:10am
Martina - Never dismiss with sarcasm a project of someone you love, even if they started many and never finished one, even if they're 'only saying' or if they keep on failing. Never dismiss with sarcasm :) I'm glad he made it! You two are gorgeous ♥  08.01.13 - 9:05am
Norma Skinner - Well done JD! Great sports photography from Jasmine. Maybe JD will get around to his collection of beginnings & even perfect his trumpet (practice time is an ideal opportunity to walk Polo, Jasmine.)  08.01.13 - 8:55am
Sam - Congrats to JD for having the determination to even attempt a triathlon and top job on finishing! I have the same disease of starting something & not finishing.   08.01.13 - 8:51am