I thought I’d switch gears today and do a blog on Cohen’s very first triathlon. For those that know him, or just spoke to him prior to this race, you know about his excitement. I’ve never seen him so excited about anything, ever.
The first thing we did to prepare for this race was make a good race sign for me to hold. (Jace was actually going to swim/bike/run with him, I was going to watch, so I needed a sign).
We woke up EARLY on Sunday, June 2, 2012, and made our way to the Safley’s home. They had some extra folks going to watch the tri, and not enough room in their car for everyone. Rather than having them split up into two vehicles, we offered to come get one of their kids…Mattie Anne!
Here are Cohen and Mattie Anne on our way to the race.
They were both super excited. As with any tri, you begin by getting your transition area setup and attaching all of your race numbers.
I’m not sure what’s up with his face in this picture, but you can see he’s all marked up and ready to go! If you look behind him, you can see his bike sitting next to our red tri matt. Part of the swag for this race was a kid’s size race belt…a must for any triathlete.
First up…the SWIM!
You will notice he got to wear his floaties. We weren’t real sure he’d make it the entire 25m without help. Jace was right there with him and was ready to get in the water if he needed to…but Cohen didn’t need him at all. Cohen jumped right off the side when it was his turn to go, and swam all by himself to the other side!
Next…BIKE! This is Cohen’s favorite part of the triathlon.
All of the finishers get a really cool metal!! When Cohen crossed the finish line, he may have pitched a little bit of a fit. Why? Because the race was not long enough. That’s right. He wanted to just keep going! That’s my boy!
Here is Mattie Anne finishing her race. Since she’s considered a 5 year old, she had a much longer swim/bike/run than Cohen. She did GREAT! (Look at Matt, her dad, running behind her. He is wearing only 1 shoe! Looks like Mattie Anne may have done better than her dad for sure!)
The Triathletes! Great job!
I’m so proud to say, Cohen actually got 3rd in his age group!! GO COHEN! He got a really neat trophy for this accomplishment. I’m so proud!
It was a great race! When we got home, he was ready to keep going, so I let him do some brick workouts. Usually I don’t suggest doing any exercise on race day (other than the race itself), but Cohen is an overachiever.