Posted by: David D. Daggett | February 15, 2010

Family Valentine

Family Valentine

       How was your Valentine’s Day? Ours is always very special – it’s also our wedding anniversary! Fortunately, our kids’ school is also off for a long Presidents’ Day weekend. So, we combine anchors and head to the mountains for a long romantic weekend for five!

       This year the weather was a bit rough. Lots of snow and very cold. We stayed at the same cabin we have rented the last several years. This year it was not possible to bike up due to the weather. I took the mountain bike and tried a ride or two, but the ice was just a bit too much for me.

We have always enjoyed hiking together as a family. This time the roads to our favorite trails were closed. The trials we did find were ice and snow covered to the point of being unpassable. So, we opted for sledding in fields next to the cabin.

We never miss church and always seek out a place to visit when traveling. Most churches in the area were closed, but we did find a nice little Baptist church that held a service for the first time in three weeks. We received a warm welcome and enjoyed the small group who made it.

Of course, the highlight for me is getting to spend more time relaxed with my “Iron Valentine.” We counted last night that ten of my 18 Ironman competitions have been in the last 12 years that we have been married. That is only possible because of Cindy and her efforts to weave training and competition into the family in such a positive fashion for all.

My number one secret to triathlon success is having an “Iron Valentine” to help guide, inspire, support and love me along the way. Of course it is also my privilege to reciprocate when, where, and the best, I can.

With my Family Valentine,



  1. Beautiful family and post, David.
    All the best,

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