I was really excited about seeing the women compete in the triathlon on Saturday. After listening to them speak at the press conference I had been really inspired by them. Nicola Spirig in particular had blown me away. Here was a woman who had given birth 15 weeks ago and she was about to compete in the Super League Triathlon. 15 weeks post birth and I felt chuffed that I was just about exercising. The only reason I was exercising was because I had a wedding to go to. If I hadn’t had that wedding I would have been stuffing my face with chocolate eclairs and blaming it on the breastfeeding. Where I struggled to tell you what day of the week it was 15 weeks post birth, Nicola was intensively exercising for the Super League. I have a feeling that she just leaps out of bed all chirpy on a morning too.
The Fan Zone
There was about an hour’s break between the women’s and men’s race. As is the way of sporting events, the crowds were not as big for the women’s triathlon. They were still a decent size though. Before the race started we decided to go and explore the fan zone. It was brilliant and had a real party atmosphere to it. There was the fan wall where all the athletes had signed. A massive screen so you could watch the action. A brilliant DJ and lots of food and drink stalls. We settled down with a drink and watched as the children were entertained by the DJ. Youngest enjoyed dancing so much to the music that she even decided to invade the stage. It was lovely sitting back in the sunshine and relaxing, something that Jersey is very good at.
Grabbing Our Spot
This time we decided to watch the women’s race from a different place on the course. We stood by the barriers at the top end of Castle Quay, again on a corner. We were also near the fan zone so we could also see the athletes on the big screen when they were on different parts of the course. Youngest really got into the women’s race and was shouting and cheering them. Oldest was also impressed with the race and was in complete awe of how fast the women ran. She even announced that she fancied being a triathlete. Youngest also declared she too would like to be one if she could just swim. Hmm, I don’t think she has quite grasped the idea of a triathlon. From our new vantage point we were able to witness some of the athletes’ coaches barking at the athletes to push forward. It was fascinating to watch.
I was rooting for Nicola Spirig and she did not disappoint. They all ran with steely determination. Unlike the men’s races the gaps seemed to be bigger for the women. However, leading the race was Katie Zaferes and fellow American Summer Cook, closely followed by Spirig. However, at the end of the races on Saturday, Zaferes was first, Spirig second and Cook third.
I was excited to see if Spirig could steal victory from Zaferes on the Sunday. Read my next post to find out if Spirig won, and what happened to the athletes when the heavens opened.