2014 Weetbix Tryathlon
Some photos below (I'm uploading unedited, as I'm too pooped, and I trust +Vic Gundotra
's fantastic Google+ Photos to edit them nicely..)
Mr8 was amazing, as were all the kids there. I didn't see anyone throw hissy fits or not do their best, and most of the kids were smiling at the end. I have to take my hat off to +Weetbix Tryathlon
for putting on a great event.
He was a bit hesitant to get into the water, it was a bit colder than he'd expected. This was the last event for 2014, and we're now officially in Autumn, but today's high was 24, and I reckon it got much hotter than that during the day. Once he was in, it was fine. We were a little worried about the transition as there were hundreds of bikes, but he managed to find his ok (which astounds me as he can't seem to find anything in the morning before school).
The bike ride was pretty easy for him I think, only one hill, and now he has a geared bike, that was no problem. We normally do a fun ride of 8km so the 5km today was just right.
The running is what he's been training the most for, and it definitely paid off. Two months ago he was getting stitches after 200m, now he can run 3.7km before stopping. Today's run was 1.5km and he pushed on at his own pace, and left enough energy for the final sprint.
What I learned as a parent:
• I loved the way they had kids in the water in waves (no pun intended).
• Lots of lifeguards on duty were a great help, Mr8 felt reassured as he's not a strong swimmer.
• Togs/Undies... today we went with undies under togs, even though they were wet for the ride and run. Next year we'll go with cycle shorts for the swim, and he can slip shorts over the top for the ride.
• Cash is king... Ice Cream vendors don't like EFTPOS!
• Bring a taller flag to identify the bike location
• Minimise the amount of gear you bring just in case.
• Bring lots of food and water!
• Chill out and relax, the parents were the most stressed people there!
Now for the next challenge!