On Friday night, March 25, we had the chance to meet Lisa Roberts, someone else who has had opportunities showed to her, albeit a different kind. Lisa is a Gillespie grad who then went to SIU-E, before setting in Tucson, AZ after getting her masters from the University of Arizona. She's also a professional Ironman triathlete and one of the top female competitors in the world. For those of you not familiar with triathlons, that's the race that you swim, bike and run further than I usually like to go in a car. It's a grueling test of mental and physical toughness that only a select few even attempt, let alone finish. And Lisa's one of the best at it.
|Family photo op getting to meet Lisa Roberts the night before Dualthon.|
|Lisa gave Grace won of her Timex Ironman visors as well!|
After the Q&A, Mary and I went up to introduce her to Grace. After waiting our turn, I introduced myself (we had briefly corresponded by email when I was doing up some publicity for the race) and Grace. Mary and I told her a little bit about our daughter and our quest to give her as many experiences as possible. We also spoke about Ainsley's Angels of America, which Lisa said she had heard of, and how the group's namesake had INAD just like Grace. Following a photo with Lisa and her bike (which is nicer than about half of the cars I've owned), we gave her a Gracelet and she gave Grace a visor from her sponsor, Timex. It was an awesome evening and one we won't forget.
|Lisa posed for a photo with us after she was the first to cross the finish line!|
While we weren't able to stay until the very last person crossed the finish line, we did get to see my Aunt Kim make the transition from the first run to the bike, and we got to see the top finishers stop the clocks. Lisa would be the first one to cross the finish line, beating another racer by less than a few feet, and after she caught her breath, we brought Grace over for another hello. We were touched beyond words when she rolled up her sleeve and showed us that she was wearing her Gracelet for the race.
|Lisa shared this photo wearing her Gracelet after the race.|