The Finish Line


At the beginning of the year, JD wrote out a list of things he wanted to accomplish for the year. Now, this is usually a commendable act and feels like the beginning of a Hallmark Christmas special, but things with my husband are slightly complicated. Partially because he loves the idea of starting something, but the whole FINISHING thing gets in the way. As proof of this sentiment, JD has a guitar, soccer cleats, a Do-It-Yourself hair cut kit, a jiu jitsu gee, a trumpet, a boogie board, a one-man camping tent, and six-foot long trimming shears in our garage. These are mementos of a time in history when starting something sounded nice.

And, really, a TRUMPET?!?

Anyway, when JD added Do A Triathlon to his 2013 bucket list, I rolled my eyes and asked if I should make space in the garage. In spite of my doubt, my husband trained for six months and completed his first triathlon!

We made our way to Santa Barbara the day before the triathlon and when JD registered, he leaned over and whispered, Is it just me or does everyone here look like they walked off the set of American Gladiator? It was incredibly intimidating, but the next morning, he was up at 5 a.m. to get his gear ready.

At 7 a.m. I joined him at the beach with my camera to document his big moment and just before he went to the water, I leaned over and kissed him. I couldn’t help it…I was just so darn proud of him. JD shook his head and said, No, no! You’re not supposed to do that! You’re supposed to slap me in the face to get me FIRED UP! You’re doing it all wrong!

My husband has apparently watched too many Rocky movies.

Going into the water for the mile swim…and coming out…

The craziest thing about JD is that you’ll always find him smiling. Always. Life is one big smile fest for him. As he rode 22 miles on the bike, he smiled like he was in a pageant.

I’m guessing part of why JD smiled was because he had some great people to cheer him on. As he ran five miles, our friends were there to support him…

The Finish Line

A little post-triathlon maintenance…

The good thing about being friends with photographers is that they can grab your camera and snap a photo you’ll love for the rest of your life.

I surprised JD by making personalized t-shirts and our friends wore them to support our champ!

Many, many thanks to our dear friends Shane+Mikaela, Regis Chen, and Brandon+Kristin for coming out and making the day so perfect…

After the triathlon, we spent the day in Santa Barbara, relaxing, laughing…and…

….TOASTING! Thank you, Mikaela, for the last two photos!

I’m incredibly proud of JD and when he crossed the finish line, I felt like he proved something to me, but–more importantly–to himself. Sure, his bike is resting in our garage, but this time we don’t mind as much.

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  1. Sam

    August 1st, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Congrats to JD for having the determination to even attempt a triathlon and top job on finishing! I have the same disease of starting something & not finishing.

  2. Norma Skinner

    August 1st, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Well done JD! Great sports photography from Jasmine. Maybe JD will get around to his collection of beginnings & even perfect his trumpet (practice time is an ideal opportunity to walk Polo, Jasmine.)

  3. Martina

    August 1st, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Never dismiss with sarcasm a project of someone you love, even if they started many and never finished one, even if they’re ‘only saying’ or if they keep on failing. Never dismiss with sarcasm 🙂

    I’m glad he made it! You two are gorgeous ♥

  4. Pat OBrien

    August 1st, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Great story and Congrats JD!

  5. Tiffany

    August 1st, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    How awesome of you, great story! Congrats, JD!

  6. Pam

    August 1st, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Love these pictures! Great accomplishment JD!

  7. Marlene

    August 1st, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Congrats JD! Awesome job and awesome pictures!! Love you guys!!

  8. JR

    August 1st, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Now you need Outex for your camera so you can get dirty with JD on his tris…
    Hope you like it, or

  9. Michelle

    August 1st, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    GO JD GO! Life is one big smile because it should be one big smile. You should be so darn proud of yourself! WOOHOO!

  10. Laura

    August 1st, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Beautiful post. Congrats JD!

  11. Mavi

    August 1st, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Congrats, JD! Loved the post and pics…felt like I was there cheering him on!

  12. Annetta

    August 1st, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Way to go JD!!

  13. Paulina

    August 1st, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    congrats to JD! that looks so awesome. =)

    (p.s. love the custom t-shirts 😉 )

  14. ashley barnett

    August 1st, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    PLEASE tell me you sang "Go JD Go JD GO" the entire time. Super excited for him – and kind of in awe…the thought of even running 5 miles (let alone biking 22 and swimming a mile), gives me hives hahaha…congrats JD!! 🙂

  15. Kate O'Brien

    August 1st, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I remember when JD used to refuse to workout with you! Now look at him! He should be really proud of himself 🙂

  16. Autumn Lee

    August 1st, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Way to go JD!!! What an inspiration and I love the shirts! Go JD GO! I on the other hand, will sit here on my couch and enjoy a brownie for you!

  17. Julie

    August 1st, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Awwww! Congratulations JD. What a feat! My hubbie is training for a Tough Mudder contest this year. All I know is that it involved a lot of mud. Maybe you should join him!

  18. Chris Lin

    August 1st, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Congrats JD! Major Props for taking on that challenge (and having an awesome wife to document it for you)

  19. m*

    August 1st, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Go! JD! Go! Finishing things and filling up the gas tank are totally over rated!

  20. Leandra Brown

    August 1st, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    That’s so awesome! Congratulations JD!

  21. Elizabeth

    August 1st, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Congrats JD awesome job!!! Love the pic of him kissing you….so sweet I would frame that one!!!

  22. the whyte house

    August 1st, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Well done, JD!! Those shirts are so great. I love that even with his back turned, Shane’s head is impossible to miss. 😉

  23. Arantxa

    August 1st, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Seems such a good experience. So much love between all of you!!

  24. Alli McWhinney

    August 1st, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Congrats, JD! What an awesome accomplishment…and done with a smile! And the celebration with Veuve is just perfect 🙂

  25. Brittani

    August 1st, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Congratulation JD. =) And J*, to you too, for being an awesome wifey. <3

  26. Tina

    August 1st, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I love that he’s always smiling! My hubby is the same way, it’s so nice being married to such a happy person, no? 🙂

  27. Ray Urner

    August 1st, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Much respect!

  28. Josephine Minerva

    August 2nd, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Great job and congrats JD! I know that feeling when I targetted to finish my own 42km marathon too last time! 🙂 Hoorayyy!

  29. Joy Jarvis

    August 2nd, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Way to go JD. Truly an incredable journey. What a great accomplishment.

  30. Katelyn James

    August 2nd, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Absolutely love this!!! Congrats JD!!!!!!

  31. LEOLAK

    August 2nd, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Congrats JD!!! Great pics…thanks for sharing the moment!

  32. Shane Bradley

    August 2nd, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Favorite line of the day "You guys better grab some lawn chairs, it’s gonna be a while -Jd" (as he is running past our cheering section half way through the triathlon.) The most accommodating and smiley triathlete out there! #gojdgo

  33. Trix Malan

    August 2nd, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Congrats JD!! There is hope for me yet – I completely identify with the passionate starter, but terrible finisher!

  34. Delia

    August 2nd, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Wow and what an achievement!! Congratulations JD, well done! x

  35. Cindy Habel

    August 2nd, 2013 at 11:15 am

    That’s awesome JD…congrats!!

  36. Susie

    August 2nd, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Congrats, JD!

  37. Leanne Wight

    August 2nd, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Wow! Congratulations to JD! Way to set a goal and stick to it! You are an inspiration! 🙂

  38. denise karis

    August 2nd, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Can JD please come live with me for like 3 months out of the year? He IS so smiley – its awesome!!!! WELL DONE JD! Congratulations!!!!

  39. Jennifer Hudspeth

    August 2nd, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    GO JD!!! Loved the t-shirts! Love seeing your ‘outside of photography’ life. : )

  40. Morgan Leigh

    August 2nd, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I loved "As he rode 22 miles on the bike, he smiled like he was in a pageant." Haha!

  41. scott

    August 2nd, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Way to go JD !!
    Always wanted to do a tri but I dont have the abs for it.
    Well done !

  42. Aimee

    August 2nd, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    "Smiled like he was in a pageant." Classic. If I were reading a book, I’d underline it and put a little star next to that description.

  43. Candice Lanning

    August 3rd, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I love this. I love how you see him, even after all of the years you’ve been together. Makes my heart smile! Congrats JD on such an incredible triumph!

  44. Ashley Rogers

    August 3rd, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    May I just say, I hope that I’ll be as awesome a wife someday as you are to JD. 🙂 You guys inspire me!

  45. Sara Lucero

    August 4th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Such a great wife. Encouraging, loving, caring. And JD running reminds me of that pinterest guy… the most photogenic guy ever running the marathon. Ever seen him? He’s got nothing on JD! 🙂

  46. Evonne & Darren Wong | U Me Us Studios

    August 5th, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Congrats, JD! That’s quite an accomplishment! And Jasmine… love that "GO JD GO" T-shirt. It’s awesome! 🙂

  47. Roz Skinner

    August 5th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Can you ever watch too many Rocky movies??

  48. Monika Greenaway

    August 5th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    WAY TO GO JD!!

  49. Katie Jackson

    August 6th, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Wow! I totally thought JD had "255" tattoos, LOL. Because sharpie totally looks like a tattoo…NOT. LOL. Anyway, congrats to JD!!!

  50. Zarah Casto

    August 6th, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Either our husbands are related or all guys are this way. I’m going to have to ask my girlfriends about their guys now. Mine has a mountain bike, drum set, treadmill, RC cars, snowboard, 4×4, Kuk Sool Won Gee, tools, etc. that are collecting dust in my garage. Luckily my work/hobby is photography which I remind him daily, "at least my hobby makes money and takes up a small corner of the garage!" 😉

  51. Haydn rydings

    August 6th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Well done JD! 🙂

  52. cassandra-m

    August 8th, 2013 at 12:50 am

    C-O-N-G-R-A-Y-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S JD on your triathlon. Now to learn the trumpet….ba ha ha. 🙂

  53. Gail

    August 12th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    GASP! HOW DID I MISS THIS POST!!!! I feel like I have to offer my OFFICIAL congrats on the blog for this major accomplishment for JD! That smiley guy…I love him (and you) so!

  54. Bobbie Brown

    August 14th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    CONGRATS JD!!!!! Awesome accomplishment! And really, I laughed out loud at the ‘smiling’ part! A pageant? Hysterical!

  55. Matt Heath

    August 16th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Congrats 🙂