Shaun and I met at the Gatorade Swim Practice at Ironman Louisville in August of 2008. Shaun had more hair and actually finished the race before me. I guess there’s a first (and last) time for everything.
Unfortunately for me, Shaun lived in Florida and I lived in Connecticut and we didn’t see each other again until Ironman Arizona 2008 when we volunteered and I registered for the 2009 race.
During the winter of 2009, I pretty much spent every weekend in Tampa. Florida is nice in the winter, Connecticut, not so much. I don’t know how many hours I spent in random ice palaces watching Shaun play hockey.
By summer of 2009, after an extended stay in New York city while I was on trial, Shaun moved to Connecticut on a part time basis. We got engaged (at the airport — how romantic) in February of 2010 and in April Shaun made the permanent move. Shaun has been reminding me on a regular basis that it doesn’t snow in Florida in October.
We had a Vegas wedding in September of 2010 at the Wynn.
While the casinos really aren’t my thing, I did like all the nice pools (and Shaun actually came down to watch me swim in the mornings, perhaps because the 25 yard pool was also the topless pool).
No matter, what Shaun is there supporting (or screaming at me if need be). Happy Birthday Babydoll and thank you for everything!