I found my way to registration for body marking and got my bike all set up in the transition area. As the sun began to break over the mountains, I felt calmed by the beauty of it all.
My little Schwinn has a frame so small that neither wheel reached the ground when hung. Even so, it was great to use a road bike instead of my mountain bike.
I thought the T-shirts were pretty cute. The Run Bike Swim reminded me that seven years of RBSC have to count for something, so maybe I was more prepared than I realized.
The pool was lovely in the morning calm. Swimmers started every five seconds from each side, swimming up and down each lane toward the center where they climbed out and ran to the transition area. It got a bit clogged, but I didn't mind. In general, I liked the triathamom because while it was certainly a "real" triathlon (300 meter swim, 12 mile bike, and 5K run), it was likewise a supportive and non-competitive environment for women of all abilities.
Here are Brooklyn and Grandma Susie waiting to see if I make it through alive.
Here I come, munchkins by my side. Overall, the event went really well. I must say, I was delighted to see the finish line. Even though I have done plenty of 5Ks, it was extremely challenging to complete on tired legs.
High fives for everybody!
Victory! I love how every competitor is a winner.
TriathaMom goes out of its way to make the event fun for the entire family. While the women are out on the course, they set up a fair with free bounce houses, face painting, and cotton candy for the kids.
A close-up of Talia's cute face painting.
Grandma Susie and Grandpa Charles came along to cheer me as well. I felt so loved!
Last but not least, here are a few pictures of us playing at the park afterward.
Just in case you were wondering who the real athlete in the family is.