This morning Theresa and i were out of bed at 3:15. She needed time to " get ready" for our third Spoke n'Hot Triathlon at Echo. It always strikes me as a little strange that she puts so much effort into making herself look even better than usual, especially when you consider that hosting a race involves a lot of sweat, dust, lifting, sweating more, running, panicking, pounding, smiling, and a slight amount of stress. :) But that's what she does, and I suspect most of you would be doing the same.
Me? Well, I jumped out of bed, had a quick shower, shaved my head and called it good. Not much else to do really. Kinda like putting lipstick on a pig....
We were at Echo by about 4:55 and met up with Scott, Erin and Chris. More volunteers showed up a little later and hey! we built a race! Our Sprint started on time at 0800 and the Try-a-Tri at 0830.
Weather was superb. The early cloud meant that temps stayed reasonable, wind was mild to non-existent and the water was calm.
Our Try-a-tri was a big success. 90% of the athletes had never done an Open Water swim prior to this race, and they all came out of the after after 375m with a big smile on their face. A BIG shout out to our Swim Angels, Kate, Jackie and Jillian who made sure everyone stayed safe.
Kimberley and Tara came down from Foam Lake for the race. We also had athletes from Saskatoon and Melville.
And that was the the story really. Our athletes had a fun time, everybody finished the race and a few personal bests were established.
We were blessed with plenty of volunteers which meant that we were able to relax and enjoy some of the sights and sounds of this day. Even better was the amount of volunteers who stayed behind to help us clean up! We were actually finished and on our way home by 11:30.
A big thank you to all our racers, volunteers and sponsors ,Western Cycle and Dutch Cycle. Freddy and the boys from Dutch were out in full force pumping tires and keeping everyone safe.
I don't have any photos so if you took some let me know and we'll post them for all to see.
I thought I'd post this fairly quickly as I need a nap before my Granddaughter arrives!
See you next year,
Mark and Theresa.
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.