Thursday, May 27, 2010

DRA Students Meet an "Ironman"

Ironman Triathlon officials announced that St. George would be the newest destination for one of their premiere triathlon competitions. Just two-thousand five hundred athletes will be allowed to compete in this race which will be just one of seven Ironman full-distance triathlon races in the United States.  Saturday, May 1st, 2010 marked the first time such an event has ever been hosted in St. George, Utah.

What is Ironman?

Male and female athletes from around the world, began the event by swimming a 2.4 mile distance in the cool waters of Sand Hollow Reservoir.  Insulated with wet suits the cool waters were handled quite well by most swimmers.

Then comes a 112 mile road cycling course.   This stage of the race follows roads through the cities of Washington County.  Cyclists pedaled a large double loop around Snow Canyon State Park. 

The final stage, a 26 mile marathon, traveled a course from downtown St. George along the gorgeous red rock formations that line the northern skyline of the city.

On May 11th, Eric Sullivan, the fastest amateur triathlete came and spoke to the students at Diamond Ranch.  He came in 15th overall with a total time of 9:35:19.  He spent 30-35 hours a week training, but this was by far his most difficult event location to date.  (But the scenery was great!!)

He shared some motivational thoughts with DRA students:

  • Be grateful for what you have and never forget that it could always be worse
  • You have to be stubborn, never give up, and stay focused on your goals

  • Mental Strength is just as important as physical strength. 
  • Plan ahead but don't get overwhelmed by the big picture.  Take large challenges one day at a time.

  • Overcoming challenges becomes easier when you know you have teammates who are counting on you AND you know that they are there for you.

What a great presentation...Thanks for your great words of advice!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Triple Diamond Award Students

Four Students were selected this month as the Lava Falls "Triple Diamond Award" students. These students were selected as the students of the month based off of three areas (Program, Academics, and Therapy). These students were all doing well this past month in all 3 areas and got to participate in a benefit with their Campus Director, Travis. They started off the morning going hiking at one of the prettiest places in the world, Zion National Park! After the hike they toured a photography gallery in Zion. We are so lucky at Diamond Ranch to be so close to such naturally beautiful places. The boys LOVED it and couldn't stop talking about how fun it was and how pretty it was in Zion. Following the benefit they went to Dairy Queen, ate lunch, and got ice cream! Stephen (our filmmaker) came along and worked with the boys and will be creating another video from the activity. We will be posting it upon its completion!
                                            They were able to see all 3 of the emerald pools!
                                           Omair, Chris, Jon, and Pete stopping to take a photo.....
                                          Jon by the river before ascending into the red cliffs
                                                           Waterfall at the lower pool
                                                          View from behind the waterfall!
                                                        Peter and Omair behind the falls
                                          Peter, Jon, and Omair (Chris was filming with Stephen)
                                                           Peter hikin through the trees
                                                         Jon, Omair, Peter, and Travis
                                                    Chris having his "Lion King" moment :)
                                                     The Lava Falls boys at the "Lone Tree"
                                                                  At the Middle Pool
                                                            Waterfall at the Upper Pool
                                                             Chillin at the Upper Pool
                                                         The water is colder than it looks :)
                                                              Posing on the island
                                           Water fight with Zack and David from Sage Canyon!!
                                                          Pete got scared....and bailed :)
                            Triple Diamond students from Stone Ridge, Lava Falls, and Sage Canyon
                                               The boys doing a "kick line" for the video