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My First Triathlon

A friend of mine from swim club invited me to do a triathlon with her. It sounded interesting. A race where I got to swim, bike, and run. I already did a lot of swimming in swim club, and I enjoyed riding my bike to the park. As for running, I’m one of the fastest kids on the playground. No one can beat me at tag. I kept working hard at swim practice, and I started biking and running more often.

Before I knew it, the day of the race arrived. I met up with my friend from swim club in the check-in line. It was really crowded. After we checked in, a race volunteer drew our race numbers on our arm and leg with a black marker. We got a race numbers for our bikes, and we got ankle bracelets to wear during the race. The bracelets had a chip in them that kept track of us during the race.

Next, I headed to the transition area where I’d get my bike after the swim. Then, after the bike, I’d put my bike back and start the run. The transition area was really crowded, but I found a spot along the bike racks to set out my bike and run stuff. I had my bike, helmet, shoes, and water bottle.

Soon, it was time to get ready for my swim wave. After putting on sunscreen, I lined up with the other swimmers my age. As a competitor in the 9 & 10 age group, I had to swim 50 yards before heading out on a 4 kilometer bike ride. I was a little nervous as we lined up around the pool to get ready for the swim.

The race director would start a swimmer every 10 seconds. I was third in line. The first person started swimming. Then, the second. I was next. I jumped in and swam down the pool. Once I finished, I got out of the pool and headed to the transition area.

I put on my bike gear and walked my bike out of the transition area. Then, I got on my bike and headed out on the course. The course had more hills than my rides at the park, but I just kept pedaling. Finally, the bike finish was in sight. I walked my bike to my spot, and got ready for the run.

It was a 1 kilometer run. I don’t know how far that is, but it seemed like a long way. I had to walk a couple of times. I was so happy to see the finish line. Almost there… I Finished! That was fun, but I’m tired now.


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Written by Chris B.

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