Archive for July, 2011

Bittersweet Day

Posted in Stuff with tags , , , on July 22, 2011 by brianestover

It’s finally over, the race has been completed. Mom passed away about 6 this morning while Dad was pulling his shift at the hospital. Today happens to be my 40th birthday as well. Now this day will will have extra special meaning for me.

Mom thank you for everything though the years. Ill miss you.

3 for 2 Special

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on July 18, 2011 by brianestover

It’s been a while since I’ve posted race results. There have been quite a few good results over the past few weeks. Maybe there is something to be said for planing ahead for your athletes season and letting them know what the plan is.

In the past couple of weekends Billy grabbed 3rd overall at the Steelhead Triathlon. Tom went a mere five minutes faster then last year at the Zuri Triathlon. We’ve worked on his bike position over the past two years, and as you can see from this pic, is rather slippery.

Tom bike and run finish

Dusty rocked the Strawberry Fields Triathlon this past weekend winning his age group and grabbing 10th overall in the men’s field.

James pulled the double race weekend just 5 days after a two week training camp in which he set new records for hours trained. On Saturday he raced the Stumpy Creek Triathlon with it’s 27 mile bike then turned around Sunday and raced the Amica 19.7 Sprint triathlon. Saturday’s race was a double points race for the Inside Out Sports NC Triathlon Series. He was as high as second place overall in the race and crossed the line in third overall. On Sunday he came back to the sprint race and won the race outright. By our calculations this will move him from second to first overall in the series standings!(Edit: He is 3rd in the series,so much for my math skills) This should also move him a step closer to getting his elite license for next year.

In closing, I’d like to say thank you to all the guys and girls I coach. You guys are an awesome bunch of people who have been very supportive during the last 3 weeks as I help my family out. All coaches should be so lucky to be able to pick such a good group of people to coach.

The Night Shift

Posted in Random Stuff with tags , , , , , , , on July 13, 2011 by brianestover

This is night number four in a row for me. The second night by myself. The first night by myself where Mom can die. I’ve had Jim or Georgia hanging out with me the last few nights.

I’m not going to lie, I’m scared. Scared that I’ll miss her going, scared that she might go without someone that loves her holding her hand and stroking her face. She needs to go though. Her NG tube was pulled over 5 days ago. She stopped breathing two nights ago for about 90 seconds. The two nurses working this side of the palliative care unit Jim and I all stood around. I asked for one of the nurses stethoscope. As she took it off her neck to hand to me Mom started breathing. Now it’s a regular pattern of breathing light then super compensating by breathing heavy followed by a short :10-:15 seconds where she doesn’t breathe at all. This has been going on for two days now. Jim, Georgia, Dad and I are all ragged from lack of consistent sleep. I’m glad my sister has the kids in and can’t pull long shifts here. But it’s going to be harder until Mom passes away because Jim and Georgia had to leave today.

The nursing staff in the palliative care unit have been great to the family, friends, co workers, people from church and from her life that have stopped by. There is a family lounge, I can walk around the entire unit barefooted, the rooms are equipped with a couch and a chair you can sleep on. There is a shower in each bathroom as well. They even let you drink beer up here. But now it’s all about Mom crossing the finish line.