Friday, June 10, 2011
Eagle River Triathlon
Nicole, Shauna, and I did the triathlon relay the morning of the kids triathlon. Nicole swam and was the unfortunate victim of a violent lane partner who kicked her twice! She was thankful to be able to finish her swim get out of the pool. I did the bike leg and realized 2 minutes in that I had not eaten enough the night before. Thankfully, my thoughtful sister got me some power gel snacks that helped me survive. Shauna was up for the running leg, which was her very first run without Owen. She was able to power through the pouring rain and bring it in to the finish! Team Three Sisters was excited to finish in under 2 hours :)
The whole crew came for the kids triathlon, which was to start at 2pm. We stood in the sweltering pool area and cheered the final adult racers out of the pool. Hannah, Owen, and their friend Maddie were able to wait together for their test swim.
Hannah and Owen did the "long" kids triathlon which was 2 laps at the swimming pool, about 2 miles on the bike, and I'm sure a 2 mile run. I believe the run was longer than they said it was supposed to be. Owen got to do the bike portion with Grandpa and the run portion with Auntie Shauna. This was Owen's first triathlon and he was pretty excited about his finish.
Hannah mastered the 2 swim laps and once she got out of the pool, she had her competitive game on. "Come on Auntie, let's go!" and off she ran to the bike transition.
We got her changed as quickly as you can when you are a wet kiddo. She was definitely more prepared for the bike this year as she practiced the course several times with Grandpa. Hannah was kinda nervous with the cones and all the other people that were on the bike course with us, but she was able to finish the bike strong.
Up next was Hannah's favorite part: the run! We ran a windy, rocky course around the practice fields by the high school and around the back side of the building. I forgot that we were running to the bridge by the highway and both Hannah and I were disappointed when we had to turn and run the opposite direction of the finish line. We finally got to the turn-around and headed back towards the finish. Hannah kicked it into high gear and finished with a sprint. Our time was about 35 minutes.
The Eagle River Triathlon marked the 1 year anniversary of Hannah and I beginning our running together and it was a happy day. What a long way we have both come and can't wait to see where Hannah's running leads us next :)