We were all having fun at the Milford Big Day when someone suggested we put a team together for the Weetbix Tryathlon. Denise said she would do the cycle event, Victoria said she was good at swimming (because she no longer has ear infections) and would be the swimmer, and Karisha loves to run so she was the runner!!!
We had to be at Narrow Neck beach at 7am! So much fun! Denise & her mum came from Putaruru and stayed with us the night before – we had a very early start. We strapped Denise’s bike to the tow bar, & off we went to the beach fingers crossed for better weather (rain clouds loomed).
We managed to meet up with Karisha. Donned with T-shirts and race numbers we went to the start. I was first one up; I joined my age group and wore a purple skull cap.
Karisha, Victoria & Denise
It was freezing, the waves were huge and I was numb swimming the 200m down the beach then run up to tag Denise so she could get on her bike and race! She went twice around the circuit up hills and around not an easy ride but she did fantastically.
Off she got and tagged Karisha who was waiting patiently rearing to go! Karisha was off she loves to run! She blitzed the field and as she came up the last straight Denise and I joined her and ran through the finish line together. We got medals from Nick Evans, Hamish Carter and Kevin Mealamu all fantastic medals. I felt so proud & happy with myself that I had accomplished the Tryathlon with the help of my friends. It was so much fun!!!
By Victoria Pratt