Last year was a big year for me in triathlon. I raced my very first half Ironman and spent a good chunk of the year training for it. It was only natural when my daughter, who watched me train that year, told me that she too wanted to race triathlon. We found a local race for her in August, but she fractured her wrist the first week of school and had to drop out of the race due to her cast. She was more that a little disappointed, but I promised we would get her registered as soon as we could find a race this season.
So today, I’m so incredibly proud to be writing this race report. You see today’s post is an exclusive interview with Keller Kids Triathlon finisher (My little) Alonna! This pint sized triathlete newbie sat down with me to give her thoughts on being a first time triathlete and share her experience with swimming, biking, and running.
What: Keller Kids Triathlon
Where: Keller, TX
Who: Dallas Athletes Racing
When: Sunday, April 10th, 2016
Course: Swim 125 yards, Bike 3 miles, Run 1 mile
Age group: Gladiators (11-13)
Q: What did you like most about the race?
A: The swim because it was really challenging. Even though I was like the last person to finish my swim I still liked it because I tried really hard and I finished!
Q: What was your least favorite part of the race?
A; Well, on the swim, it was that I got so much water in my ears. It hurt so much when I couldn’t get it all out. On the bike, it was my seat because it hurt so much especially under my bottom because of all the pressure on it. On the run, my toes were hurting so bad too.
Q: What did you think about how the race was set up?
A: I didn’t like the swim start because they made us wait forever and we couldn’t be with our parents. They should have let us stay with our parents until it was our time to start. I waited for a REALLY long time before I got to swim because the Gladiators were last.
Q: Did you make any friends while you waited?
A: One person, the girl sitting next to me. She asked me if this was my first triathlon and I told her, “yea” and then she told me this was her second. Then she just started making more conversation.I didn’t get her name though. She told me she came all the way from Oklahoma just to do this race!
Q: Did it make you feel better to have someone to talk to while you were waiting?
A: Yea! Because she told me she was nervous about the bike and the run and I was like, “No! I’m nervous about the swim!”
Q: Did she have any advice for you about the swim?
A: She just said, “Don’t worry about anyone around you, just worry about you and focus on yourself do it and be done!”
Q: What did you think about the transitions?
A: It was so hard to put on my shorts because my swim suit was still all wet.
Q:What did you think about the run? Were you able to run or did you walk?
A: I walked most of it because my stomach and ears were hurting so much. But one of the volunteers gave me some great motivation! I was running past her and she yelled, “Come on girl, you can do this!” and then she started running with me. That really helped and gave me motivation to run or else I would have kept walking.
Q: What did you think about the volunteers?
A: They were all really young! They were all really nice though. On the swim one of the girls said, “Good luck sushi girl” because I was wearing a sushi swim cap. Another volunteer told me, “Props to you, because I would have NEVER done this!” Then, on my bike part there was a police man volunteer, he was cheering for me yelling, “C’mon!” He was really helpful, because I kept riding over the circle things in the middle of the street and he joked with me and said, “Oh, you don’t want to go on those!” He was just funny. It made me laugh.
Q:What would you do different in your next race?
A: Stretch! I didn’t get to stretch before the race. I would want to stretch my legs before my bike because they hurt so bad. Then I would also wear different shorts.
Q: Overall, if you had to do this race again would you do it?
Q: How did you feel after you finished?
A: It made me feel like I accomplished so much especially since the announcer guy called my name at the finish line.
I think any parent would be proud of their child for being so brave as to even start a race. I hold a special place in my heart for this race though. So much of what my daughter was able to experience in her first race brings back many of the experiences I have had. From making new friends while nervously waiting to start a race to realizing that race volunteers are just the best people. Most of all, I’m proud that she went out there and finished her race. She was so worried about being last, but she never gave up and she kept a smile on her face the whole time. We rewarded her with fruit and pancakes after the race. And of course, she got her well earned medal too!
Our experience with Dallas Athlete’s racing was wonderful as well. The race was very well organized and they were so considerate to make it a special day for the kids. There was no timing, every child had a lifeguard in their swim lane, there were tons a volunteers at every corner, and they made special allowances for parents to help their children in transition as well as on the course. It was such a great experience for everyone involved!
I hope you are all staying active and achieving your race goals this season! Hopefully I will be back very soon with a race report of my own. I received my new orthotic yesterday and took it out for test run. Things are looking better for late season racing!
Alonna & Priscilla
Priscilla is Dallas/Ft. Worth based nutritionist and blogger.