Of course I didn't do this race, but my Cassie (aka Cassinator) did... and boy did she have a blast. So here's her race weekend through her Momma's eyes. :)
I was a bit worried leading up to the race. She had "Camporee", and all day, outside outing with her girl scout troop on Saturday. I knew she was going to be spent! We made a deal though... we would go, but leave by 2pm, so she could get some rest and I could go get her packet. It was a deal.
Until 2pm. LOL
There were still some festivities to be had so I let her stay, went to pick-up the packet and came back to get her. This turned out to be pretty good in the end.
I get to the race site oat UofH, and holy triathlon! It looks like a 70.3 race is going to happen there, not a kids race. I mean, I know they kept saying 800 kids, but the reality of it didn't occur to me -- despite the fact that I've done races with more than 1,000 athletes!
I decided promptly that I would sign up to volunteer. They were going to need it -- each of these tiny athletes would bring an entourage of parents, grandparents and siblings. It was going to be h-e-l-l... and Mommy (me) was getting a little nervous!
We get home and get her gear together. She's cool as a cucumber... I'm stressing. Who's racing tomorrow? Who? Not me! With the way I was acting, not sleeping, you'd of bet the farm it was me!
Doing her "Race Visualization" or waiting for transition to open.
Rise and shine at 4am. It's early, but she's so excited to go. I'm excited, but can't relax until I get there and get her into transition. Of course parents aren't allowed, but this is where volunteering helps! We get her in and my work starts... for 2 hours I'm body marking athletes, listening to disgruntled parents, answering questions and directing traffic. It was madness. Madness so long it went down the street and wrapped around the building.
Cassie and some of her NextGen Team
Just look at the size of that transition area! Kiddo race or 70.3... really!?!
What a ham! She's ready to roll!!
Eventually, everyone made it in, however the race would start an hour late. The kids just rolled with it though... nothing but smiles in transition... until we hit the pool deck.
I hit the deck and start helping with getting the 7/8 year olds lined up. I came across 2 8 year olds who were so frightened. It broke my heart! I tried to give them a pep talk, but they weren't having it. Meanwhile, my kiddo, really didn't want much to do with me! She gave me a fist-bump and a look like,"Mom, go... I'm fine!" Okay... I'll go help another kid. LOL Seriously that natatorium was so large, I couldn't believe more kiddos were freaking out!
What was cool was her NextGen Coach (the same as my coach!) was running the swim, so when she got up on Deck she had a familiar face. Now the kids are told they have to enter the water feet first. What does my kid do?
Yes, she did. It was awesome!
Hubs got a pic of it mid-flight.
Her 100m swim is consistent and steady and she even passes some kiddos! Every time she lifts her head to breathe, she's smiling -- that's the best part.
She finishes her swim and sprint over to transition, just in time to see her out on the 3 mile bike.
Cassie and her Electra "Hawaii" ready to zoom!
She left on the bike and started helping in transition. The kids could barely lift their bikes to hang them back up on the racks!
In no time, and long before I expected, Cassie came back! She was all smiles and told me, "The bike is my favorite Momma!" She grabbed her visor, ditched the bike and headed out. I sprinted over to the finish line up and hill and block away as she started her 1/2 mile run.
No slackin'... giving it her all!
I was there for a couple minutes when I saw her make the final turn. She looked a little upset, but I could still see a faint smile. My girl was working it! She did it! She crossed the finish with a good, solid effort. She was so proud!
They gave her a place to sit to collect herself. I asked if she was okay because she looked like she was going to cry. She said, "I saw the finish and started running faster too soon. I didn't know if I could keep running. I didn't want to walk in front of everyone." OMG -- too funny. She kept running.
She's done a few races now... The other two not more than 100 athletes, so I asked her, "Cassie, of the 3 races you've done, which one is your favorite?"