Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mike's First Tri

After hearing Hubs talk about wanting to do a triathlon for what seemed like months, we finally found a weekend with a good race option and no plans and I forced encouraged him to sign up.  He followed a pretty action filled training plan with swim, run, bike, and combo workouts. 

The event included a half-ironman distance, olympic distance, and sprint distance.   M was competing in the sprint distance (400 meter swim, 14 mile bike, 3.5 mile run) so his start time wasn't until 11:30 am.  The weather that day was absolutely gorgeous so we arrived a little early to watch some of the other races and get set up.
laying out the gear

marked with race numbers

by the Cumberland river

Swimming was the event he was most worried about.  He'd heard your first open-water swim was an experience in itself as far as not being able to see, being surrounded by flailing arms and legs and attempting to swim in the right direction despite a pretty significant current. 

cute hat ;)

getting ready

his corral was up first

they're off

all the swimmers

made it!
It was impossible to tell who was who in the swim with everyone in their sweet blue hats so I was super excited when he emerged from the water.  He said this was absolutely the hardest part.  The water was cold (for Floridians) and he swallowed his share of it. 

At this point, I sprinted across the grounds to where I'd be able to see him starting the bike course.  He was riding by in no time at all and was surprised to see me already there with the camera. 

the only smile i got on the boy all day!
During the 45 minutes he was off on the bike, I got to see tons of runners and bikers from the other events.  Seeing the half ironman-ers was such a cool experience.  {In case you don't know, half-iron = 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run.}  These people were competing in an event my body could never dream of completing and I loved being able to cheer them on.  I remembered being frustrated in our races when people would only cheer for their own friends and just stare blankly as others went by.  I know how far a simple word of encouragement can push you when you are struggling along. 

almost done
M finished the bike pretty quickly and I knew it was just a few minutes till he would be coming back by on foot. 
he's so speedy
At this point, I headed over to the finish line and a few minutes later, he was done! 

don't worry, not his time ;)

see what I said about the smile?
One of the first things he said (after asking what his time was) was "that was so much fun!" Apparently, he loved every minute of it and can't wait to do more triathlons.  I was so proud of him for meeting his time goal in each event and doing so awesome in his first race. 

The excitement that day was a little infectious so we may both be counting down to the start of tri season next year. 


  1. my head looks like it's bursting out of that swim cap...nice pic