Outdoor

Athletes

On Sunday, the Düsseldorf Triathlon was taking place.  The swim portion of the event was held in the Medienhafen & from our hotel window we could watch the swimmers.  The water temperature was 21C/69.8F.  We watched the sprint distances, as the Olympic distance was being held later in the afternoon.  Most people swam freestyle but there were a handful of people swimming breaststroke.

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After breakfast we watched the Bundesliga Frauen (Women’s Federal League) compete.  First, the swim.  Then, part of the bike & where they transition to the run.  Finally, running through the finish line. 

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Christian & I were impressed by these athletes!  They were so graceful & made it look somewhat effortless but you know that they had trained for countless hours and working so hard to finish in the best time. 

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We have friends who have completed in triathlons & even a half ironman back in Denver.  Christian’s cousin actually participated in this event, unfortunately we missed her as she was the first wave of participants.  A couple of months ago she had emailed Christian and others asking if anyone wanted to participate in the event with her.  I immediately said I wasn’t swimming in that dirty, cold water!!  Christian was really interested after watching the event on Sunday and was looking up more information on future triathlons and average finish times.  I told Christian that I would participate in one next year if he would.  I don’t think it will happen but you never know!

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