Wildflower Triathlon – Lake San Antonio, CA 5/5/2013

MAY 5, 2013 (Sunday)

 

We got up early and the 3 of us, in Aaron’s truck, headed for Lake San Antonio. It is called the “Wildflower Triathlon” and is the largest such event in California. It is held at different distances on different days. Our son did the Olympic distance. One mile swim, 25 mile bike ride, and a 6.2 mile run. Cold, cold day. It was almost an hour’s drive. We got into the park and found the parking area. After parking we had to walk for what seemed liked forever up and down hills to the staging area for the triathletes.

Long haul to the staging area.

Long haul to the staging area.

Okay for the athletes but for us retired old people, hard to do. Could not believe how many people were there; 3,000+ participants. There were a lot of vendor tents and things to see and do while the athletes were preparing and participating. 

The night before

The night before

Aaron kicked himself briefly for not bringing his wetsuit

Aaron kicked himself briefly for not bringing his wetsuit

Getting in for a warm-up swim before the 1 mile swim.

Getting in for a warm-up swim before the 1 mile swim.

Aaron getting out after the swim, damn guy stood up in front of me.

Aaron getting out after the swim, damn guy stood up in front of me.

About half the actual staging area.  Leave here to go swim, come back here to get your bike, return here to get your running shoes.

About half the actual transition area. Leave here to go swim, come back here to get your bike, return here to get your running shoes.

End of the 25 mile bike ride.

End of the 25 mile bike ride.

End of the 6.2 mile run.

End of the 6.2 mile run.

We tried to get into areas where the pictures would be good. We felt like we had done the triathlon with our son. We were sore and tired but what a fun day and how proud we were that our boy completed this and didn’t give up. He set his personal best record that day! (First Triathlon) We were amazed at the numbers of elderly people participating in the event. We hung around and saw men and women in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s that completed the Olympic distance. Maybe next year? It could happen. Maybe. Maybe not.

 

 

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One comment on “Wildflower Triathlon – Lake San Antonio, CA 5/5/2013
  1. Tiff says:

    Wow Aaron I am impressed! I thought Natalie was the only health nut crazy enough to do those things. But my goodness that was one helluva trek!