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 ;)|
|his corral was up first|
|all the swimmers|
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!|
|he's so speedy|
|don't worry, not his time ;)|
|see what I said about the smile?|
The excitement that day was a little infectious so we may both be counting down to the start of tri season next year.