Daddy entered the London Triathlon today held at the Excel Centre in the Docklands. His wave started at 1:15 starting off with a 1500m swim in the treacherous weather in the Royal Victoria Dock then on to a 40km bike ride finishing off with a 10km run.
The boys and I stood outside in the pouring rain to cheer Daddy on as he exited the water on his way to the transition area to find and mount his bicycle. After waiting for 30 minutes and seeing Daddy we went back inside to dry off and hopefully catch a glimpse of him on his bike. It was hard work looking for him amongst the thousands of competitors but we did find him on the run route and luckily enough it was the first of the four laps so we found a good spot to wait by the railings and cheered him on with the boys waving there Sport Active blow up hands around shouting Daddy. You should have seen the look on Daddy’s face when he saw his boys cheering him on, he was really pleased that they was there and the boys were proud of their Daddy.
Daddy finished his first ever London Triathlon in about 2 hours and 10 minutes we don’t have an exact time as his timings haven’t been logged for some reason which Daddy isn’t very happy about as he trained bloody hard for this event.
I tried to get some pictures of him during the event but it was so wet outside that the camera just slipped in my hands but I did get a couple of him running although the quality of the shot are out of focus you can still work out that it’s Daddy.
Here he is on his way through the finish line (thank you to the lady that allowed me to push through the crowd to get the picture)
Over the past fortnight we have been glued to the television screen watching the Olympics. The boys favourite has been the athletics and cycling, Joseph has loved watching the gymnastics and Jak has screamed with delight when Mo raced over the finish line in not one but two olympics races, the 10,000m and 5,000m. The boys have been walking around doing the mobot to everyone. We wasn’t one of the lucky ones to get tickets which wasn’t due to not trying so we took to joining everyone else and joined the crowds on the streets of London and Hyde Park to watch the Mens Triathlon. Jak and Joseph were ecstatic as they watched the Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonathon cross the finishing line to the rapturous screams of the crowds. Jak has always been a fan of running, swimming and cycling as it is something that his dad does every day, he enjoys going out for a run with his Dad a round the block where we live. Although the boys dad enters triathlon races i do believe that with thanks to the success of the Brownlee brothers they have inspired Jak to ask me to get him into a triathlon club. He has spent hours trawling the internet trying to find a local club that he could join or even an event he could enter but much to his disappointment he hasn’t found one just yet. So until he can find one in the meantime he has come up with his very own idea of setting up a triathlon by himself at home, Jak is lucky to have a 24ft swimming pool in his garden so he has been swimming around the pool and practising his laps. He wants to invite his friends around the house so they can all enter and join in on the fun. he has decided on them doing 4 laps of the pool followed by one lap of the block on his bicycle and one lap running. He has even talked about getting the transition right and talked about making sure that they all have their bicycles ready outside the house along with their trainers and socks set out ready for them to put them on.
In Jak’s school report his teacher wrote that there is nothing that Jak can not achieve if he sets his mind to it and i believe this too, Jak is very strong minded, loyal and passionate young boy and if he starts something he always likes to see it through. I have myself looked into finding an event for him to enter and also tried to find a club but there isn’t one locally but i will not give up as it is something that i believe he will enjoy doing and will definitely take pleasure in participating in. Jak has also been to the local library and taken out books to read on techniques of running and sports psychology and talked about it for days. While watching the last day of the olympics i was explaining to the boys that they was very lucky to have been part of such an amazing event and that they probably would never get to see an olympic event in person ever again unless they travel to other countries to watch them and Jak replied that i was wrong and that he would be in the games himself as an athlete and i would get to watch him in person compete in races, this brought a tear to my eyes as i saw the hunger in his face. The weekend just gone saw the boys Dad enter his second Triathlon and they were just as excited to cheer him on as they was Team GB. They was over the moon when the saw Daddy come into view nearing the finish line, full of proudness they jumped all over him, Jak now wants to be alongside his Dad and take part too.
Here is Jak practising his own Triathlon in our garden and here is to Jak and his future.
Daddy entered the Waterside Triathlon today that was held in Bradwell on sea in Essex. It was an early start, daddy had to be up at 6 as his swim was starting at 7:10. The boys and I was there to support him and watch him come over the finish line in fourth position, just one away from a trophy.
The boys were very proud to see daddy cycle and run past and even more so when daddy was handed his medal.
For the past year i have tried and tried to buy tickets to the Olympics, we live not far away from the Olympic Park and seeing as the Olympics is being held practically on our doorstep I thought it would be an amazing experience for us a family to watch. I managed to buy daddy some boxing tickets for Daddy as a birthday present and i made the mistake of not purchasing the boys tickets too, I thought that i would be able to buy more tickets for them but when i tried again I wasn’t allowed any more under my name. In the past two weeks much to my disappointment i have failed to buy tickets to the olympics so I took to London yesterday so the boys could experience some olympic fever in Hyde Park. We went to watch the mens triathlon and what a day it was! The boys got to see so much and really enjoyed themselves, we found a spot just near the serpentine where we saw the swimming and then walked just a short distance to S Carriage Drive where the triathletes were going to be cycling down. Jak and Joseph stood on top of a rubbish bin where they got a great view of the triathletes as they passed us. The boys waved their olympic foam hands that they made from some yellow moon craft packs, they cheered until they got sore throats and they jumped up and down when they caught a glimpse of Team GB go by. Once the triathletes had passed us cycling on their last lap we made our way to the huge live screen to watch the triathletes transition from their cycles to the last leg of the race into the running stage. The boys then wanted to see if they could watch some of the running so we found a great spot on a hill just near the serpentine where we got a fabulous view of the main stand where the triathletes would finish, AND what a view it was, we saw Alistair Brownlee grab a union jack from someone near the stand and run towards the finish line waving it where he walked over the line to win Gold.
We all had a glorious day and can’t believe we got to see an olympic ev
ent, we had magnificent views all day, the sun made an appearance too. We made the most of being in London too, we visited the serpentine gallery, the boys had a splash in the Diana’s memorial fountain and to finish our day off we walked to Covent Garden for something to eat passing some iconic places on the way like Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and The Horse Guards.
What an amazing day we all had, the atmosphere was electric and we even got to see many of the athletes up close including Alistair and Jonathon Brownlee who went on to win Gold and Bronze Olympic medals. We are now looking forward to watching the Paralympic athletics in the Olympic park, which i have managed to get tickets for us for YIPPEE!