We made the kids go to sleep in the clothes they’d be wearing Sunday when we put them to bed Saturday night. We woke them up, made them go to the bathroom, and then stuffed them in the packed car at 4:50am. We got to the race site before the sun was up and they watched a movie in the van for a bit until they felt human. Then, we stayed there until about 5pm after the last Southeaster Triathlon Championship Series award was given out, drove back to Huntsville for dinner at our favorite local restaurant, and all went DIRECTLY to bed before 8pm.
Donnie had a great swim and bike. He cramped up unexplicably during his swim a bit, and then the other calf cramped up during his run quite a bit more. Plus, the run was REALLY hot. So, his time wasn’t what he wanted, but he still finished 4th overall in his age group and held his lead in the Championship Series to keep his First Place standing in his age group for that.
That award he’s hold there is the prize for the Championship Series. He only earned one point towards the Championship last year, this year? He came in first in his age group. He made SUCH a huge improvement this year it’s not even funny. I’m so very proud of him.
It was a great day and the kids stayed relatively entertained and supportive. We all go a little sunburned because I was a bit stupid about sunscreen, but all in all? A great day. I saw many friends cross that finish line on Sunday and hope to someday (in, like 50 years) maybe try to do the same.