Pac Crest Spectating + Post-Race Treat + Vacay

2 Jul

I had planned to get up at 6 Sunday morning so I could get a ride to the lake with some of my housemates to spectate at the Olympic race. Well remember the birds that woke me up at 4:46 on Saturday? They were out and about on Sunday and woke me at 4:51. You have got to be kidding me!!

We headed to the lake. 2 of us were racing and 3 of us were spectating. I met up with some peeps, gave some quick advice to others, and was happy not to be racing! I watched the first couple of swim starts and headed to the bike out!

Here are some things that I noticed while standing/cheering at the Bike OUT:

I saw a guy with a camelback. I thought you are only riding 28 miles(the Olympic bike course is long as well) why do you need a camelback? I think I ended up counting 4 as the participants left. It is what it is. I understand for an Ironman but an Oly??

You would think the ELITE wave racers would have done a triathlon before! Do they not know what a mount line is? OR because they are in the “elite” wave the rules do not apply to them? There are 2 volunteers and a big sign that says MOUNT LINE! There were a lot of people who mounted before the line. Maybe those are people who have never done a triathlon before but the elites should know!!

I shit you not…a lady came out of transition without her helmet on. You need to have it on before you even touch your bike.

A lady fell off her bike. I felt bad for her. Luckily there was not many bikes around!!

A guy came out without his helmet strapped. What are you doing???

Multiple people could not get clipped into their pedals. I do not know if that is a “I am trying to hurry and can not seem to do it fast enough” OR if it is just operator error. I am sure it was a mix of both!

Those are just some of the things I noticed while spectating at the bike out! I probably noticed more things than an average person would. I am much more critical too.

After everyone was out of the water we headed to Sunriver. We were hungry and needed fuel. Spectating is hard work! We just happened to go to the same place that I was eyeing some cookies on Friday. I will let you guess what happened next.

I was finally getting my post-race treat:

Luckily enough I went out to the run course to cheer on a certain someone so Sherrie ordered the cookie. It was probably best she ordered it because I may have ordered 3 or 4! πŸ™‚ I even gave her a bite!

I can not even describe to you how delicious it was! Simply AMAZING!!

I did not get home in time to get my post race sundae with Jessica but we are planning on it later this month.

In other news, I leave for Phoenix (and then San Antonio) tomorrow! It is a good thing that it has been hot here so I can ease myself into the 110+ degree weather!!

Have you noticed anything out of the ordinary while spectating?

What do you like to have as a post-race treat or non-treat?

Are you going on Vacation this summer?

7 Responses to “Pac Crest Spectating + Post-Race Treat + Vacay”

  1. Abby @ Change of Pace July 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM #

    Love your observations! That is strange about the Camelbacks. I saw a few people wearing it for the Ironman and even thought that was odd. I’ve never spectated a tri (other than finish lines) but would definitely be at bike out to take note!
    Yay for your cookie! I can’t believe how well you did on the challenge! You definitely need to keep that sundae date!
    Have a great trip! How long are you gone for?

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats July 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM #

      I do not spectate very often because I like to race! πŸ™‚ But it was fun spectating!!
      You can’t believe how well I did..I can’t believe how well I did! I am going to try and keep it up!!
      I am gone for the next 8 days to the hottest part of the country…so you better believe all I am doing is working on my tan!! πŸ™‚

  2. Lee Integlia July 3, 2013 at 5:43 AM #

    My husband starting racing tris a few years before I did. I became an expert spectator before my first race. I always said that I learned ALOT (especially about what NOT to do) after spectating so many races! One thing I tell people before their first race is to go out and watch one before their first race, if they can!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats July 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM #

      That is so funny!! But it is totally true! It is so funny the things people do! I love spectating but I love racing more! πŸ™‚

  3. MoM July 3, 2013 at 8:38 AM #

    I’ve told you over and over again how hard it is to spectate! But someone has to do it!

  4. Kristen L July 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM #

    Wow! That is a lot of things to happen at the Bike OUT. I watched an olympic tri a few weeks ago, but didn’t see that many things. I agree that it is hard to spectate, but I’m glad you had fun. πŸ™‚

    Yay for a tasty and delicious treat after your hard work this for this tri! I see you’re going to try to keep up the minimal sweets — good goal! It will make the ones you eat taste that much better too.

    Have a great vacation!

  5. Dan Weinsoft (@OriginalDanimal) July 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM #

    That certain someone must be pretty special to pull you away from the cookies!

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