Sunday, May 31, 2009

"Tri" it for Memorial Day...

...a "Tri"athalon, that is! It is becoming a Memorial Day tradition for the Dickson crew it seems to compete in the Heart of the Valley Triathalon in Corvallis. This year, Tyler gave it a "tri" in the kids competition along with Caden and Dad (and some of the priest quorum from our ward). The weather was beautiful, and even though my boys had little time for race preparation leading up to this big event, they all did so well and I was one proud mama!

Tyler's all numbered and ready to compete. For kids of a neat freak mom, getting to have numbers written on your leg is a pretty cool thing!

Caden and Tyler with their swim gear on, waiting for their heats to begin.

Ty's at the edge of the pool, waiting for the start whistle and looking pretty confident. Once he pushed off from the wall, he got a nose full of water and was a little thrown off. But he took some deep breaths, listened to mom and dad encouraging him and hung in there to finish the 25 meter swim like a champ.

Ty's out of the pool and on his way to mount his bike for the next leg, a 1/2 mile ride.

Dad was ready to help out in the transition area as Ty dried off and jumped on the bike.

after a 1/4 mile run, Tyler is coming down the stretch toward the finish line...almost there!
With his medal on and water glass in hand, Tyler can smile and feel proud of his awesome accomplishment. Well done Ty!

Caden's heat was up shortly after. Here he is in the water waiting for the start whistle to begin his 100 meter swim.

Then, out of the water and off to transition to the bike.

In Caden's division, parents were not allowed to help in the transition area, so Cade was on his own with drying off and getting on socks and shoes.
Caden mounts his bike for his 1 mile ride
Cade is an achiever and always pushing himself, so we should have known he'd be up with the head of the pack. But he was so fast on the 1/2 mile run that we were caught off guard and barely saw him in time to watch him come through the finish line. Caden is always up for a little competition, but he commented afterward "triatholons are hard, I like baseball better." Good job Cade on a huge effort and big finish.
Bart's race was so early in the morning, that we didn't make it down to Corvallis in time to watch him compete. But we can always count on our super Dad to do great. Here are my 3 tired triathaletes. After the race, we headed back home for an afternoon at Grammy and Papa's swimming and BBQing with the family. It was a full but fun Memorial Day for our crew - everyone slept GREAT that night!


Coordination Queen said...

Oh my goodness... that is a lot of work! Good job to your guys. How fun.

Rebecca said...

How fun is that! I didn't know they had those for kids!

Holly or James said...

Wow!!! That's impressive that even Tyler was competing! I just can't see Caleb being down with that swimming and running and biking thing. (: