Lily did wonderfully at the Swim for Smiles triathlon this morning. I tried very hard not to be a stage mother and to instead let her do her own thing. (The Web Gallery photos, taken by Wes, show her intuitively smooth rolling dismount!) My advice, as imparted in line for the start: If you feel like you’re going to cry or throw up, slow down. She kept up a steady pace with no stopping, and at the end had a killer kick to the finish, depicted above. She’s already talking about doing the race again next year.
Afterward, she observed, “It was really fun and really tiring. But that’s triathlon, and you can’t change it!”