Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"Wow! Man That Really Hurts!"

Steve's now "famous" first words after sprinting to the finish of his second triathlon...

While his recovery was fast -- within 10 minutes Steve was telling stories about the race and an hour later we were eating lunch at the Golden Corral -- some of the other participants may not have been so fortunate.

As a spectator at an event like this (we all need a role and this one is my personal preference) you get to see a lot. Most of it isn't pretty. Blood, sweat and tears are common to this scene. My particular favorites were as follows:

#1: The guy who made his way to the transition area during the final 100 yards of the biking leg. With officials yelling, "slow down, slow down...dismount before the green rug" as they did to all participants since this area was on a down-hill and everyone was arriving at top speed, he slowed down with a dazed look on his face, tipped to the side and fell over -- he fell to the ground! Did he faint? I'm not sure, but the fall certainly brought him "back down to earth," literally! In any case, he jumped back on his bike and off he went...

#2: The guy who sprinted through the finish line, doubled over and started, shall we say, spilling his guts. The worst part of this, though, was that a triathlon official who was adamant about retrieving the timing chip (a monitor that is banded to each participant's ankle so their accurate times can be kept) did so by cutting it off the poor guy while he was in the throws...of throwing up. How about giving the guy a minute before coming at him with those scissors?

In all, this was a very exciting event to watch. The "tri" aspect is great because there is always something going on. Start-Swim-Transition-Bike-Transition-Run-Finish. We were happy to be a part, if only to cheer, "Jia you, jia you" (add oil, add oil). We 're really proud of our "Tri-Guy!"

~Desi

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