He had a good start in the pool. The pool is shallow in places and quite a few people end up walking through the water instead of trying to swim it. The swim is 450 meters. Competitors are started in 15 second intervals.
He made a good transition to the biking. It made me extra happy that we had done the "practice triathlon" last weekend. I think it gave everyone a better feel for what to expect and what they would need to prepare.
My husband and nephew pushed each other hard during the 12 mile bike ride. Every time they passed us (6 laps) they were close together. My nephew is the one in the camo tank.
Finishing the first lap of the 4 mile run. He said his leg was hurting some, but he looked very strong. I think the guy in orange is about to be passed.
I loved being at the finish line. When we did the two races together this summer he was the first one to the finish and I was still out on the course for awhile walking. It was nice to be there to cheer him in and get pictures.
His goal was to finish under 1:30. We were thrilled to see he finished in 1:17:45. Wow!!! He finished 8/20 in his age group and 55/334 overall. I still can't believe how far he has come.
I am also super proud of the other racers on our "team." My nephew, niece, brother-in-law and husband showing off their numbers and putting on their game faces.
After - a happy group of racers. My niece had a great race - she was the youngest racer in the race. She ended up second in her age group. My nephew beat his previous triathlon time by more than 3 minutes and was 4th in his age group. My brother-in-law was racing as my niece's support. So even though he didn't have his best time he made an awesome memory with his baby.
Next year might be my year to take a stab at the race. I have wanted to do it for quite awhile, but bottom line is I think I am scared. Seriously, watching people on those bikes makes me nervous. What if they run me over??
Time to pick our next adventure....