Madison: Supergirl, Irongirl

November 21st

pre race smiles

My friend Madison recently decided she wanted to compete in a triathlon. Within a few hours, she’d decided to compete in the Ironkids tri, which was just three weeks away. Maddy is naturally talented in about 1,000 ways, one of which is swimming. The girl is a fish. She is also pretty awesome at running and basketball.

Go Madison

We talked transition details, what to expect, what to eat. I called her the night before and gave her my best Vince Lombardi speech, although I’m pretty sure it came out more like Donna Martin’s version. Regardless, the girl competed and it so fun to watch.

Into the water
she's off

Some 200 kids filled Kiwanis Park in Tempe last weekend to compete. It gave me goosebumps to see so many kids dedicated to the sport and out there having a blast. The youngest kids were tea-cup tiny and I am pretty sure I spotted a few bikes with streamers. (Note to self: get Ruby streamers. And a bell.)

swim to bike transitition
athlete in charge

There were also a ridiculous number of children who are in tri clubs and competed with thousand dollar bikes and specialized gear. Maddy and I are old school. Her pink two-piece bathing suit? So much better than any fancy tri shorts. Her multicolored helmet? She not only rocked the biking, but she did so with style. The run? The girl had the cutest braids and the biggest smile.

open wide
ripping through the finish line

Watch out world. Maddy is an Irongirl and I have a feeling she’s going to be conquering many more races soon!

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24 Responses

  1. hey kelli– thanks for stopping by my new digs! i’m still trying to figure out how to run it on safari, mac user to the death…

    maddy! awesome. just awesome. (as if you didn’t know that already).

    i’ve been loving reading about all your holiday running and baking and cleaning and poofing– makes me miss my crew back east (especially the farewell salute to the stove), but also brings back good memories.

    happy thanksgiving!

  2. Good for her! Go Madison!

    (Thousand dollar bikes for kids? Sheesh!)

    It’s great to read a story about kids being active and physically fit – it seems like all you ever ever hear about is kids sitting around like couch potatoes in front of their video games.

  3. What a cutie! Good for her! It is so great to see a kid dedicated like that.

  4. Wow – I’m impressed!

  5. Woweeee, kazoweee, go Maddy! Boy has she grown up. And that Carson…..too cute! I hope she still loves to run and swim when she reaches junior and high school.

  6. Please send all our best wishes to her.
    Way to go Maddison. You have a little follower.
    Loved all the pics. I’m sure she loves them too.
    Does she know she is on your blog? I’m sure she would love it.
    ***** CONGRATULATIONS ********

  7. So impressive. Great action shots, too – look at her go!

  8. AWESOME! Congratulations, Maddy! Hopefully this is the first of many many races for her.

  9. Love to hear about active, happy kids! Go Maddy!

  10. so great to see kids using their bodies in sports.
    go maddy.

  11. Wow, now I really feel like a lard-butt. 🙂

  12. You obviously are a wonderful influence on this young lady.

  13. WOW!! I had no idea she was doing this. SO incredibly proud of her. And I can’t believe how stinkin’ mature she looks. She looks fabulous in those pics – like she just went out to play for the afternoon. Thanks so much for sharing all of this!

  14. Wow! What an awesome young woman!

  15. A mini-Kelli… go Maddy!!

  16. Go girl GO!

  17. Go Maddy!

    She’s quite an inspiration. And very lucky to have you for a mentor. See what a good example you’ve set. 🙂

  18. wow, am super inspireed! go madison!!! you girls rock! 🙂

  19. That is awesome! GO MADDY!!!

  20. Go Maddy! What an exciting post, Coach Kelli 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  21. now if she could sew i think you may have found your clone!!! your house is really shaping up as well!

  22. Madison (irongirl) November 24, 2007

    Thanks for putting me on your website, Kelly!!!!!!!!!! I love the pics! I was so glad you were there to cheer me on!!!!!!!!


  23. What a lovely story about Madison and her adventures!

  24. Way to go Madison.

    I’m with you – the pink two piece and the multi coloured helmet are perfect.