Kat was now off on her run, with a great stride. She is a natural runner. Zane, Carly, Cindy, Papap Marty and I were cheering them on as well as the 200+ other parents screaming for their children. Matt quickly dumped the bike and started his run. He was the last one out of the pool but did great on his bike as he passed quite a few kids. We knew his run would be tough, but he persevered and gave it a strong effort. Kat crossed the finished line tough, and we were able to catch the end of Matt’s 1 mile run to greet him at the cones. All the kids were just amazing! We couldn’t be more proud to see them have the desire to compete in a race, practice/train for race day and achieve their goals.
I know it meant the world to them to see Papap at the finish. They just love him so much and appreciate how much time he gives each of them always going out of his way to being positive and complimentary to all of our kids. All of us hung out on the track to watch the remainder of the adults and kids finish. We stayed just long enough to hear the awards and blown away when they announced Matthew as the 2nd place winner in the 12-year-old boy’s category. Just amazing, he was ecstatic. I just melted when I saw the smile on his face as he jumped up to accept his medal. What a tremendous accomplishment for our big guy. He should be so proud of himself. I have a feeling he will want to continue his triathlon quest for more medals and strong finishes. Overall, an exciting day for all of our kids. Remi is not quite old enough to join our tri pack, hopefully, next year. We are very proud of each of them.
Matt (12), Kat (10) and Zane (7) completed their first triathlon at Penn Trafford High School. All the kids checked in, got race numbers and Velcro ankle timer chips and were excited to start the race. Zane was first as he lined up at the deep end of the pool with everyone else in the 20th heat. I was rushing to finish my race just in time to hear his buzzer blow and hang out with Matt at the end of the pool to cheer him on. The little guy took off like a jet, slapping hand after hand in the water as he fell to the middle of the pack. With just one lap needed for seven-year-olds, he quickly pulled himself out of the water and headed toward the Tl door (transition one which is from swim to bike). Carly was already outside ready to help direct him through the cones to start the bike course. I caught a glimpse of him at the last-minute as the little one’s backed up in a line getting through the cones. Zane was on his way completing his l /2-mile bike ride, followed by an l / 4-mile run. I didn’t even have enough time to run down to get any photo’s he was so fast in his cute little speedos. I did catch him coming up the hill with his new friend after the race with a sweet smile on his face.
Kat was next as she struggled with her freestyle in the pool (just like me). She was last in her heat to exit the pool but quickly ran to her Tl area to get on the gear and head to the bike. We caught a fun silly face she gave us as she ran to her towel. She had just picked up her new bike two days before the race, so she was extremely excited to jump on it. We never had a chance to work with her to learn how to change gears. Her little legs were spinning so fast as she propelled herself up the hill to complete her l /2 miles and back to the transition area for her T2 (transition two from bike to run). She carefully laid her bike down (yes, extreme gentleness was given), not to put one little scratch on it, threw off her helmet and started for the cones to begin the timed run.
Matt came running out from the pool doors with his swim trunks falling. Haha, we left that picture of the blog. He is so funny as he charged through the swim timer to his Tl spot. The main reason the kids competed in this triathlon was that of Matt. I told him about it one-day last week, and his face lit up, and he said, “I can do that,” as he saw the details of what his age bracket was required to complete. He begged us to sign him up and let him give it a shot. He even practiced his run, bike and swam the entire week preparing the best he could. Kat did as well, and it was great to see the kids practicing to give themselves the best chance to complete the race.