Friday, September 17, 2010

Baird Automotive won't give up

Picking up my car at Baird Automotive after having an oil change and a Virginia safety inspection, I asked the friendly owner of the shop, Joey Baird, an Arlington native, about his sweet-looking Harley.  It's a 1998 model.  He said he doesn't ride it much around the area because the car traffic makes motorcycling riding dangerous.

Joey was limping a bit.  He competed in the Ironman Wisconsin last Saturday.  The Ironman Wisconsin is held on one of the toughest ironman courses in the world.  And if you don't know, an ironman triathlon means swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles (a marathon).  Joey cramped up in the swim, but soldiered on to finish in 13 hours, 9 minutes, and 52 seconds.  That put him in the faster half of the field of incredible athletes who do this ironman race.  Last year Joey finished much faster.  As a 55 year-old man, he finished in an astonishing time of 11 hours, 33 minutes, and 34 seconds. That's an ironman without a speck of rust.  That's a guy who deserves a long, pleasant ride on a beautiful Harley.

Baird Automotive has been serving Arlington for nearly two decades.  If you have car troubles, I'd guess that Baird Automotive wouldn't give up before they got your car running well.


Catharine said...

I was a fan of Baird Automotive before Joey joined my triathlon team. I had the pleasure of training with Joey and watching him complete IM Wisconsin on Sunday. It nice nice to see him getting props for his solid work and athletic ethic.

Anonymous said...

Nice article! Joey sounds like a neat guy.