Bob Bastiaans Raises over $10,880.00 for Aid for Wounded Warriors in the Augusta 70.3 Triathlon


It was a sunny warm day in Augusta, Georgia on Sunday.  It was in the low 70’s at the swim start and low 90’s by around 1 p.m.  It was a non-wetsuit swim and the current of the river was slow due to the high water levels from Florence.  Jan did great in completing her first Half Ironman finishing in qualifying time.  I finished but not in qualifying time.  Not a surprise to me.  The right knee (the one that had the infection) gave me trouble on the bike during any uphill climb and the right leg became a big problem after 5 miles on the run.  It was successful because I did finish the 70.3 If somebody was to say that I was crazy to do the 70.3 on my knees they would have been correct.  However after missing the Copenhagen Ironman in 2017 because of the knee infection I needed to do this race for psychological and emotional reasons before I lose these knees.  I can’t wait to have new knees and to compete again hopefully in late 2019 for the Aid for Wounded Warriors.

The 3rd aid station on the bike was staffed by volunteers of “Wear Blue”.  It’s mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of the American Military.  There were about 100 pictures along the road of the faces of the fallen men and women with their names, age, and date they were killed in action.  It was a very emotional part for the race for me.

Of course, we will continue competing to help raise funds for our heroes in 2019.  Azalea has built a very nice web site for me if you wish to donate.  The link is not working so please copy and paste it into your browser.  If that does not work please send me an email and I will forward you a separate email with one that works.

I thank you for your generosity.  I wish you a very happy holiday season.

Never Surrender Always Tri!

Thank you,