Wow what a morning! My very first time being a spectator at the super sprint corperate tri, watching all the competitors from the seasoned athletes to the first timers. I saw aero helmets, top of the range time trial bikes to cruiser bikes, woven baskets and even a tonka truck strapped to a bike rack.
The morning stated as any other race I've been to, getting up when it is still dark and driving to the start to get the bike into transition and scope out the ins and outs of the course only this time, all I had to do was get dressed and offer moral support and some encouragement to my wonderful partner on debut.
After dragging him along to a couple of my tri's over the season, the last race I did at kingscliff really got him inspired to have a go, so for the last 6 week, while I was meant to be having a rest, I have had a half break and been coaching and training along side him. The big day was finally here, we arrived at the race start, dark and a bit chilly, which was not expected, to tell you the truth I was pretty happy not to be racing, I pumped up the tires on the bike and we followed the rest of the crowd in the dark to the transition area. Being the corporate tri we had to meet up with the other team mates and discuss tactics, it was a strange and lonely feeling being left on the outside of the transition area but I did get to check out all the other bikes coming into transition. Bikes all racked and as always the next order of business is coffee, I needed a double shot this morning and needed it to be hot to warm me up, after waiting what seemed like forever I finally got my hands on my delicious double shot latte from the wonderful people at coffee me van. Luckily I didn't not have to enter the ever growing port-a-loo line, phew!
They were ready to race, there was no turning back now, we sent team mate number on off to the swim to begin the race as we eagerly awaited his swim exit, coming up strong out of the swim Dave, jumped on the bike and off he went, Luke next in line and quite nervous, only his second time out of the triathlon blocks. As we anticipated how long Dave would take and just when Luke should head to the transition area, we watched for him to come back from the bike, I witnessed some interesting dismounts, one young girl, appeared to be stuck in her cleates and had to cling to one official while another helped pull out her feet, and an other still on the bike while crossing the dismount line and several near misses. Luke was off into the swim coming up the ramp with a smile of confidence and running out strong on the bike. I was now time for James(my partner) to put it all together and let the training pay off. I was nervous at this stage and a felt a little bit competitive, I really just wanted to run along side him and race too!
I got word from someone he had entered the water, as I waited and tried to pick his swim style out from all the other competitors coming into the ramp, he emerged, and can I say the looked pretty spunky, I was proud! Bounding past us and into transition, we saw his mount which I couldn't not of been prouder of. He zoomed way over the mount line over to the left out of everyone's way and jumped on. I then spotted him on the run looking comfortable striding out along the grassy track, turning around and giving us a big wave as we headed out to the finish shoot to see James take glory for the team.
What an amazing experience, to see everyone having a go weather doing the tri for another year or doing your very first, watching everyone put in their all is truly inspiring. What a great way to end the season and give me a kick start to training through the winter and all the way to the world champs.
I can't wait for our first tri together, hopefully sooner rather than later.