Last Saturday, Bobby raced in his very first sprint triathlon. Keep in mind he decided to do this ONE MONTH before the event, and got his bike then, and his wetsuit oh…three days prior to the race. (Drove me NUTS since I am such a planned out person!) Anyway, The race was in our neighborhood, which made life easy for us. Bobby got up and walked down to the lake to check in and brought down his bike. Then he came back up to the house for breakfast and the rest of his gear. I got down there a few minutes before the start and finally found him right before the swim. It was quite difficult to find him when everyone looks like a seal.
They lined people up in order that they registered, so Bobby was number 221 out of about 300 maybe. I was SO nervous for him because he had only done one open water swim and it wasn’t even in his new wetsuit. He made his way down the boardwalk and it was finally his turn.
He took off into the cold water (it was a chilly morning for us!) and I tried to keep up with him in the sea of orange swim caps. I followed him down the boardwalk and yelled encouragement which I am sure he couldn’t hear.
I lost him when he got way far away by the turn, so I headed back to the entry/exit point and waited for him to come back. he ran out of the water and towards T1
Transition time (which he NEVER practiced and took longer than expected oops.)
He finally got on the bike and was off for 17 miles in the country.
As I waited for him to come back, I spotted a guy RUNNING down the hill carrying his bike. Poor guy! But what determination!
I finally spotted Bobby heading towards me
Back into transition he went and got ready to run.
I ran to catch him up at the next street but wasn’t fast enough, oops.
So I cut a corner out in front of our house and waited. This next photo is funny because Bobby is actually pointing at our house..like he wanted to go into it and stop racing. Haha.
I headed to the house, grabbed the dogs, and then waited with a neighbor near the finish line.
Here comes Bobby!
He did it!
The after party was great. They had sandwiches, iced tea from raisin’ canes, fruit, and sno-cones! All free. I MAY have had two…
We hung around and chatted for awhile and the girls had plenty of kids wanting to pet them. Overall, Bobby had a really good time and says he wants to do another tri. He learned a lot in that first race, what to do and not do, and definitely needs to work on his transition times and his swim. He has no desire to do an ironman, but enjoyed the three sports together in one race. We will see what he signs up for next!
*PLEASE vote for my mom in the fit over 40 contest (Kathy Bridges) all you have to do is go here and check the box by her name, that’s it! So easy. Would really appreciate it! She deserves it!
QOTD: Do you tri? Do you want to?