6.02.2012

Ella's First Triathlon

Today Ella participated in our town's first annual kids triathlon.  She swam for 50 meters, biked for 1 mile then ran for1/4 mile.   I can't even begin to explain how excited she was about this event.  To be honest, I was as nervous as a cat this morning.  My adrenaline was pumping, so I can't imagine what Ella was feeling.


Yesterday, we spent some time driving over the course and practicing her transitions.  When this morning came, 9:30 couldn't get here soon enough.  In the first event, the 50 meter swim, Ella completely dominated. She was the first one out of the pool and had quite a lead on her bike.  She lost a little speed when she had to ride her bike on a gravel path, but she managed to regain her pace one she hit the pavement again and led the pack the rest of the way.


In the picture above you can see a bit of me running with Ella.  I am no runner (at all) but when I saw her round the corner with sheer exhaustion in her eyes I went down and met her and ran with her to the finish.  She ended up with a 2nd place finish and I was absolutely amazed at her performance today.  She really, really wanted a medal and bless her heart she got one!  2nd place in her very first triathlon.



The exhaustion didn't last long.  As soon as she got her medal and some orange slices she perked right up and was able to cheer on the others as they finished.


 Way to go sweet baby girl!  Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you.


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34 comments:

  1. Go Ella Go!!!!!!! Kate you will NEVER regret encouraging your kiddos and taking them to all their activities! My parents gave up so much for my Sister and I to have experiences and we will never forget that! I love that you and Erik spend so much time with them. Parents just don't do that enough these days!. Way to go Ella I can't wait to see you in the olympics one day girly!!!!!

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  2. WHOA!!! Please tell Ella we are cheering for her all the way from Canada!!! WAY TO GO ELLA!!! WE ARE SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU!!!! YOU ARE AMAZING ELLA - winning 2nd place is a AWESOME!!!

    I LOVE the way you ran beside her Kate when you saw the exhaustion in your little girls eyes. I hope you hear me when I say "YOU ARE AN AMAZING MAMA KATE....YOU TRULY ARE"!!! What a role model you are not only for your daughters but also for your son!!

    You live in the most kid friendly town!!! I love that about where you live!! It sounds delightful there!!

    Enjoy your Sunday as you all bask in the glory of Ella's AMAZING Day today!!! :-) xoxo

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  3. Congrats Ella! That is awesome.

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  4. Congratulations Ella. You are amazing. Your family must be so proud of you. X

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  5. Second place?! Way to go Ella!!! Congratulations sweetie!

    Kate, you're such a fab Mommy! I wish my mom had encouraged me to do sports and take part in events like this when I was Ella's age.

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  6. Way to go Ella. I'm so proud of you!!!!

    Love,
    Aunt Kathy

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  7. So sweet! Congratulations Ella!

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  8. Teresa GundersonJune 3, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    WOW...congratulations Ella! And again Kate you show us all what an amazing dedicated mother you are!!! Thank you for inspiring me to be a better Mommy every single day!

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  9. Ella - you are a rock star! Congratulations on your amazing performance in the triathlon!!!!

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  10. What a great idea for the kids! Congrats to your girl!

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  11. Congrats Ella! A family effort..... well done!

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  12. Congrats to Ellla! I could never dream of doing a triathalon so I am very proud of her!!! And the sheer determination to get that medal, she definatley deserved it!!!

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  13. Hot dog! This is awesome! Ella tries so many things, what a wonderful experience!

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  14. Good Job Ella, Congratulations to you... It sure has to feel good to you and Erik to have such precious children that will melt your hearts everyday. Give Ella a high five from Vermont. We are proud of her.

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  15. Way to go Ella!!!!

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  16. Go, Ella, Go! Great job!

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  17. Awesome! Congratulations, Ella!

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  18. Kristen FriedlandJune 3, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Way to go! Congratulations to Ella!

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  19. Great job Ella!!!!!

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  20. Wow!! Go Ella!!!!

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  21. Way to go Ella!!!!

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  22. Wow! That's awesome! Ella must be so proud as well she should be!

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  23. Yay, Ella! Yay, Kate!

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  24. What an awesome accomplishment Ella!!! Congratulations!!!

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  25. Way to go Ella!!! What a champ finishing such a tough race.

    Blessings,
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  26. Congratulations sweet Ella!!! You are on your way to becoming an incredible athlete!! Whoo hooo!!! I would be so incredibly proud if you were my daughter...you make your parents very proud!!

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  27. Wow! Way to go, Ella!!!!! :)

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  28. Way to go, Ella!! That is AWESOME!

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  29. Way to go Ella!! Which part was your favorite?? :)

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  30. Ella - That was awesome news!

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  31. Oh My goodness you sure have some AMAZING kids. Congrats Ella! You are a super star!

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