Josh's mom and sister were awesome and volunteered to come spend the night with the kids. We took off on Friday afternoon, and as soon as we got there we went to packet pick up and then Josh set up his bike and other stuff in "T1" and his shoes and other stuff in "T2".
|Lots of bikes!!!|
To save money we decided to just sleep in the van, which they let you do parked on the golf course where the race starts and finishes. Josh's mom brought us a tent, so we ended up sleeping in the tent next to the van. I can NOT remember the last time I slept in a tent. It was fun! I had run 16 miles that morning so I was ready to sleep.
|I was really sleeping. Josh took the pic. :)|
I got back in time to see our friends take off for their swim start, and then Josh finished getting ready and we headed back to the river front (he was in the last wave).
|Josh, ready to swim!|
|Swim start in the beautiful Snake River|
I cheered for him as he took off on the run, and then worked my way to the finish line area. I cheered for our friends and lots of other people. This finish line was GREAT. The last stretch into the finish line was a big downhill on grass. EVERY finish line should have a big downhill on grass. Everyone looked like a rockstar coming down that hill into the finish. :)
|Josh finishing strong!|
After collecting his bike and wet bag, and then packing up the van, we headed to a nice lunch with our friends and then we were on our way home.
It was lots of fun and and very inspiring to watch the triathlon. Despite Josh's hopes and plans, I have to say that as fun and impressive as it was, it did NOT at all make we want to ride a bike or try a tri. In fact, standing at the bottom of the hill/corner I was at, watching the bikes come flying down and then turning just reinforced that I am a total chicken and a one-trick pony, so I will be sticking to my running, thankyouverymuch.
Speaking of running, my awesome husband was my "support crew" for the last half of my long run on Friday morning, and he got some video. Here is a clip. This is about mile 11 and I was running at a 6:40 pace.