On Sunday, May 9, we woke up much earlier than usual to join Emily and Brooke as they cheered on their hubbies (a.k.a. Team Scrappy) in their first triathlon of the season. And despite having a large proportion of friends who are triathletes, this was the first time we've actually attended one. It was a cold and enlightening experience.
After waiting around a bit and trying to stay warm by dancing to the customary pop/rock remixes with DJ, we headed towards the lake to snag a prime viewing location. They separated the swimmers into their groups, gave some modified directions for the course, then released the elite group, which is the blob of splashing in the photo below.
We found out later that they had to modify the triathlon to run-bike-run for the following, less experienced groups due to the waves and water temperature. Even with wet suits, the guys were frozen.
After Team Scrappy made it out of the water, we dashed to a spot where we could see them on both the bike and run before heading to cheer them on at the finish line.
Brett came in first and Gered won his division — not a bad showing for their first race. Of course, they are training for Olympic-length triathlons, so this recreational race was a breeze.
Thanks Brett and Emily, for inviting us to come — we had a blast and Ian enjoyed getting to drive the ZipCar back (sometimes he misses driving). And congratulations to Team Scrappy!
For more photos, click here.