Kyle and his friend Riley (green helmet) before the race started.
After. Kyle got dropped on the second lap (there were three) he fought back hard and closed some gaps.
And Riley we are proud to report was second! Alright Riley!
And in other Wright Family Weekend News, Kevin raced his first half ironman, good thing since his first full is in November. He was first in his age division, 15th overall. He had a great day and a great race. I will include a link to his race report when he does one.
Check that out, it's not a cast, (which would've been neon lime green!) it's a moon boot. Dr. Watson disagreed with the radiologist and Brad is forever happy. He does not think Brad has a fracture. He thinks he has a bruised fat pad which is directly under the calcaneous. He has to wear the boot for two weeks, after which time if there is no pain we are good.
A seriously bad day. We had the ankle x-rayed and the results are inconclusive. It may be a calcaneous fracture or a normal variation of the growth plates. Anytime they mention growth plates I worry more. Poor Brad he is very upset, he could hardly stand being splinted, not because of pain but because he may not be able to ride Saturday. He was limping around without his crutches and is now under strict orders to stay off the heel until we have the final reports. His only pain is the thought of not being able to do state championships. Holistic healing has given way to Slurpees and Tour de France videos (thank you Chase!).
Brad is a tough kid. Anyone who knows Brad knows that about him. I guess when you are number 6 in a family and have 4 big brothers and an older sister who can do anything they can do, if not better, you learn fast. Brad never wanted to be the baby, he wanted to be right in there doing what everyone else was, he's a fast learner, he's tenacious and he will pretty much do anything. He also likes to do it his way and doesn't seem to thinks it is important to have help.
Friday night Brad left for a climbing trip to Joshua Tree with the Scouts, usually Craig goes along, but this time Craig didn't go, neither did our resident climber as he is training for an Ironman. Late Saturday afternoon Brad came limping in. Brad's story is he was bouldering and fell about 5 feet. Today at church the other version of the story was that Brad fell about 15 feet. Regardless he is lucky to have escaped with only an ankle injury. His left ankle is swollen. Dr. Mom doesn't think it is broken. I'm pretty good with my x-ray eyes EDIT: OK, not so good with the x-ray eyes, guess I should know by now not to trust them. after all the Wright family has had more broken bones than anyone except maybe the Cannon family.(Judy do you know what the score is? We've been good for about three years. The Willardsens are well on their way to breaking our records though.)
Anyway, I decided it didn't warrant a trip to the ER. They will x-ray it, tell me it is/isn't broken, ace bandage/splint it and tell me to see the orthopod next week. So tomorrow I will just call and get him an appointment to check it out.
We've been practicing a little alternative medicine today. It goes something like this, take 1/2 of the super large Motrin dad orders for the office, have mom massage it, practice yoga type breathing and send lots of oxygen down to that ankle while Kyle practices his latest mellow piano piece. So far we're doing pretty good. The swelling seems to be a little less, the pain is down, and Brad has learned corpse pose and thinks that yoga is pretty cool.
"Fred" is a derisive term used by "serious" road cyclists to describe other cyclists who do not conform to serious road cyclists' norms with regard to dress and equipment, and appear amateurish to them. Kevin rode Raincross for the first time last week. It is a weekly road race about 65 miles long. Kyle and Brad do it and convinced Kevin it would be a great training ride for his upcoming Ironman. Kev was apprehensive, it's fast and you have to know what you're doing, but with a little coaxing from his little brothers he did it. Well he had a problem...while he has a road bike to train on, all of his cycling gear is tri gear, i.e. sleeveless racer back jersey, tri bike shoes, an old helmet of Craigs, he looked like a triathlete or maybe worse a "Fred". It didn't bother Kevin, he rode well and said he didn't care what he looked like. However, his little brothers and Pres. Speedier
took matters into their own hands, since Brad was climbing at Joshua Tree this weekend and wouldn't be riding, there were Brad's Rudy Project sunglasses to restyle Kev, and mom's helmet (not a Fred helmet although mom could definitely be called a Fred!) and the ultimate, a jersey. Pres. Speedier had an extra Team Redlands jersey for the cause. So what do you think? He looks pretty good huh!
The gods of cycling and fire have smiled upon the Wright family. The boys were supposed to leave for Sisquoc road race, they are not happy they did not get to leave for Sisquoc, but as for mom and dad we are delighted. Tomorrow is Brian and Sarah's open house, we don't have to worry about the boys rushing (or not) to get back in time. Yes they would probably be chillin' at the beach after the race. Kyle says this is his wedding present to you Bri! (Oh, Sisquoc was postponed because of the raging uncontrolled wildfires near Santa Maria. Our prayers are for the evacuees and the firefighters.)
I'd have some wedding pictures on here by now! They are all on Craig's computer and Brent's computer so I'll have to do it this weekend. Brent did put a few pictures on his Facebook account so here are a few pictures. Hmm...just uploaded them, apparently Brent changed the file format, this isn't good. I'll wait for the rest of the pictures and post them this weekend. Sarah and Brian's wedding was perfect. Seriously, everything went so smoothly and it was beautiful. Bonnie and Dave it showed your hard work and attention to detail. Thank you to all the family for being there, for your love and support it means a lot to us. (At least to Craig and me, do we think Brian noticed? His eyes were only on his bride!)
Errands done, car packed, we are off for the Wright family event of the year. When we arrive Craig graciously unloads the car and starts bringing stuff in while I'm enjoying some time visiting with my son. Craig, "What's in this bag?" It's all shoes, shoes for every possible contingency. "OK, what's in this bag?" Just clothes, miscellaneous jeans, t-shirts, shorts etc.
"OK, what's in here?" The boys suits. "Melinda, are you missing something?" No I don't think so, remember the bag with 20 pairs of shoes to choose from? I think I'm covered. "Well your feet will be covered, but what about the rest of you, where are your dresses?" In the Nordstrom's bags, hanging in the back of the car ...............Oh no, OH NO! I remembered taking the dresses out of my closet and laying them on the bed near the other bags I was packing, but I couldn't remember actually putting them in the car. I am in Utah, my dresses are in California. Remember that dream I had awhile back, that I didn't have a dress for my sons wedding. I am living it. I am aging fast and still have four more children to marry off after this, I probably won't even remember my shoes or my name by that point.
Well it's our last Sunday at home, we leave Wednesday for the wedding. Kevin is leaving on Thursday after his class. Kyle just glanced at this picture and said, "Oh, we're leaving for the Bahamas on Wednesday, Sweet! Almost better than Zipp wheels!" Well I hate to break it to Kyle but we're off to Utah, a stop at Mt. Timpanogos temple, and then we're leaving for the Bahamas on Saturday!