Fantastic race report from one of our junior members, following his recent success at the Kids of the West race in Co. Clare. Congrats from all at Wicklow Tri!
“I really like Kilkee because I go there every summer to stay in my Nanny’s mobile. It was really busy with thousands of people in the town for Hell of the West. There were lots of Wicklow Tri people in transition and they were all together beside the band stand. The weather was really hot on Saturday and the triathlon was brilliant. John Darcy and Liamo won their races so I wanted to do really well for Wicklow Tri Club too on Sunday.
After Hell of the West my Dad changed the saddle and handlebars and pedals on his bike so I could fit on it and I spent ages practising my cycling. I love road bikes! On Sunday morning we went to Carrigaholt for the Kids of the West race, it is the next town to Kilkee where the dolphin watch boats go from. I got a big surprise because Rose and John and Anne from Wicklow Tri Club were there. Rose told me I could do really well so I wanted to win. There were loads of people setting up the course and transition so I got my bike and runners and stuff all setup. The 11-14’s had a long swim so they all had wetsuits on and I wanted to wear mine but Dad convinced me that I didnt need mine for my 50 metres swim.
I was very nervous before the start because my race had 43 entries and lots of them were wearing tri suits and had really nice bikes in transition. The tide was very far out and the water was shallow.
We all walked out to the start. When the race started I tried to swim but it was very shallow. I did some dolphin dives like I saw them doing in the 11-14 race and then saw people running in the shallow water. Everybody started running so I did too. I was around the top 10 into the transition and put on my runners, helmet and glasses as fast as I could.
Our cycle was 2km and was steep up hill like the Hell of the West. I had a big smile because I was able to fly up the hill and passed out about 5 or 6 people before we did our U turn. Coming back down the hill I went as fast as I could go. When I got back to the transition Rose and John and Dad were at the bike line. I tried to stop a bit fast before the line and went over the handlebars! I was OK and the bike was OK so I just got up and went as fast as I could.
I was tired from the cycling because I went as fast as I could. There was a guy in front of me so I ran up behind him and stayed there for most of the running. When we got back close to the finish I ran as fast as I could. I passed the guy out and everybody was clapping and cheering at me and telling me to sprint for the finish because I was third. I was so happy to finish third but was so tired I couldn’t breathe and felt sick!
Everybody was really nice to me for finishing third and I felt very proud. We all got medals and then there was a presentation of trophies. I was presented with my trophy by Aaron O’Brien who won the Hell of the West triathlon and who is the National Champion”.