My nickname is KatGirl. My dad’s nickname is TriBoomer and this is my race report. I hope you like it.
On Sunday I raced in the Sara Lee Ironkids Triathlon in Allen, Texas. It was for kids from 7 to 14. I’m in the senior division with the 11 to 14 year olds. We had to do twice the distance of the juniors.
On the morning of the race we had to get up very early. I got dressed and ate breakfast. Then my little sister, my brother, my dad, and I got in the car. Daddy drove us to Allen, Texas were I put my race stuff up in the transition zone. Then we all went in to the natatorium and I practiced my swimming. Then daddy, my sister, and my brother had to go to the spectators’ side of the natatorium and I had to stay at the racer’s side of the natatorium.
The swim was very hard and the water was really cold. I had to do a 200 meter swim in very deep water (I am afraid of looking down in to the water and to see the bottom far down below me.) This was my first time to swim 8 laps in a race (well not including the time I raced my friend Stephanie across our little pool at home 25 times. I won.). This time I swam the 200 yards. I was SLOW. I was the last one out of the pool in my group. My daddy, brother, and sister were at the end of the pool cheering and taking pictures. My sister told me I was swimming too slow. I didn’t like her saying that at all.
The bike was good. I biked 6.2 miles (or four times around the high school.). On the bike course the ground was flat with only one baby hill on it. Lots of people there that were racing had special bikes to race on. They had skinny tires and they were fast and zooooooooooomed on past me.
The run seemed longer than the other parts of the race. I ran 1.2 miles. My daddy and I practice running in the park near our house. It’s almost two miles and has two big hills. It’s not too hard if we don’t ride bikes first. (Sometimes we do.) This time running was harder in the race. I did two loops around the natatorium. There was another baby hill on the road but the part that was on grass was flat. It was hot and I stopped to drink two cups of water. At the finish line was a giant blow up of a loaf of Wonder Bread and big arches to run under. The man on the loud speaker said my name and that my favorite subject in school is science. That was cool.
My daddy and brother and sister were there. Daddy gave me a hug but I was really sweaty and thirsty. I was given a big red ribbon and pin for finishing the triathlon. The ribbon is as big as a scarf and has FINISHER written on it. We sat on the grass and in the shade and ate sandwiches and orange Gatorade. (That’s my favorite flavor.) We had to wait a long time to get my bike out of the transition zone.
Daddy said I was a winner but I know I didn’t win in my age group because so many people passed me. He says I’m a winner because I raced. He also told me I was the prettiest girl racing. I think he thinks it’s true. I hope my brother and sister race this triathlon next year too.
PS: Click here and see a picture of me finishing.