Evan did a local kids’ triathlon today. The distances are really short–100 yd. swim, 4 mile bike, and 1k run, but he still had fun. The HyVee kids’ triathlons are cool because everything is exactly like an adult triathlon. Except maybe 100 times as many volunteers out on the course. Like every 5 feet (no exaggeration). No worries about kids getting lost or needing help out there!
Our morning started out rough because we got there and Evan realized he forgot his goggles (big problem) and his sandals (small problem). Luckily, my mom was planning on coming but hadn’t left yet, so she brought his goggles. After setting up the transition, he just walked around barefoot. Here he is right before the swim:
No pics of the swim because I decided to be at the transition area instead. Had I watched the swim, I wouldn’t have had time to get to the transition. Running into T1:
We had a big discussion (argument) about whether or not he should wear his biking shoes. Chris talked him out of it, convincing him that the time he’d save by wearing biking shoes (they clip in) would not be worth the time spent changing shoes in such a short race. He biked really hard.
Headed out on the run:
All done! He got 12th overall and 3rd in his age group. His goal was top 10 overall and first in his age group, so he’s mad about that. However, I reminded him that the triathlon wasn’t a lot of local kids–it was mostly kids who travel all over for this type of thing. They have tri suits and time trial bikes and many belong to tri clubs. Plus, he has taken the summer off swimming and he hasn’t done a triathlon in two years! I think he did extremely well given those factors.
Have you ever been to a youth triathlon? The energy is great! Although, I must admit the parents are a wee bit nutso crazy. I was telling Chris apparently our kids aren’t as important as some of the other kids there because people stepped right in front of me to see their kid like 100 times. Geez!