In March six of us competed in the Tucson Triathlon put on at the U of A. My Dad, Zack and Jake made one relay team, while Lydia, Steven and I made the other relay team. My dad took this picture of us at a quarter after 6 in the morning, after we had all of our transition stations set up and we were body marked with our relay numbers. Both our teams were entered in the family relay division where each team has a name. My dad and the boys named themselves The Avengers, and my team chose The Hobbits as our name.
My Dad was the swimmer for his team. He is next in line to start his 750 meter swim. Go Dad!
My Dad had trained for this event since mid-January. The previous six months he was recovering from open heart surgery he had last June (2013). He was the inspiration and encouragement for all of us while we trained for this triathlon.
Meanwhile, Jacob stands in the bike transition area, waiting for Dad to finish his swim. He is ready with a towel to hand to Dad once they tag each other. In my opinion, Jake looks like he is having difficulties containing his excitement.
Dad finishes his swim with a time of 15:43 and runs to tag Jacob who slips him the towel as they high five each other!
He runs to tag me where I had been waiting in the transition area, ready to ride.
I finish the bike ride with a time of 42:02 and tag Lydia who is ready for her 3 mile run.
Zack is running around the U of A mall…
Moments later Lydia crosses the finish line with a split time of 28:04, smiling the whole way!
The Hobbits: Total time 1:23:52
The Avengers: Total Time 1:28:31
Thanks for reading and I hope I was able to give you a small taste of the excitement in store for those who have included a triathlon on their bucket list!