The night before the event we practiced transitions. This year Brea was all on her own. So she put her bathing suit on, got onto our deck, entered the pool (our living room) and swam across to the dining room. Then she made her way to the transition area (our laundry room) where she got into her shirt, shorts and shoes and grabbed her bike in the garage to pedal around the cul-de-sac, then a quick changeover with Daddy to a run around the cul-de-sac and to the finish line that was Rhys. She loved it so much she wanted to do it three times!
We were up bright and early to get to event set-up on time and it was so great to see our family and friends there. Po-Po, Kau-Kau Ambrose, Auntie Joyce and Lucy were chipper and happy with noise-makers and a fab poster. B &R's friend Malaya was also competing this year and another friend, Max, also came to see what all the hullaballoo was about with his family. So there was great support for the kidlets. I was a little anxious for Brea but she was cool as a cucumber and didn't need a walk-through at all.
Rhys was just super excited to be there, now that he knew what it was all about (and that there were snacks at the end). There were no tears, just smiles as Rhys got ready. The little guy did so well. The swim was amazing, Rhys was second out of the water. Daddy could have done a little better in transition (he thinks so too) but once his little legs started peddling he was off. Craig doesn't know if he'll be able to keep up next year.
Rhys's time: 11:26
Brea was super! She took to the water with a big smile and kept smiling throughout. Auntie Kathy was very enthusiastic at the pool and I could see Brea glancing at her lots. Biking was a breeze and after a quick stop at the water station, she was off on her run. There was some confusion on one portion of the track but she kept going. Two boys were just ahead of her and we cheered her to zip by them but she was just happy to do her thing. At the finish line, she asked Craig why he kept telling her to beat the boys and when he told her that's what happens in a race, her reply was: "It's a race!? Really?" Oh Brea!
Brea's time: 13:13
All in all, the TriKids event has been wonderful for us, it is a very well organized team and I'm so happy that the kids enjoyed themselves this year. Both of them are already asking when they can do it again.
|The FANS with their two-sided poster!|
|Grabbing a ride from Daddy before the event.|
Rhys is ready to go!
|Showing off his number.|
|Waiting in the water.|
|And they're off!|
|Letting Daddy do the lifting to the biking event.|
|He had some speed... Daddy was working it.|
|Getting to the finish.|
|Making sure the hair's okay, just kidding but it is a funny pose to have caught!|
|Walking her bike to the next event.|
|Punching it across the finish line!|
|Super proud of my girl!|