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.
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.