|Trying on Tri stuff in a camping fitting room!|
Friday came and D had to sign up for his IronMan Triathlon. We met up with him at the Hilton Hotel, then walked him across to see the Wasp that he missed on Wednesday going back to work. The selection of gear on display at the Tri sign-up is amazing and D did buy a nice T-shirt, though other stuff wasn't in his size. He tried stuff on in a portable changing room with its 'look-out' in the top!
While we were out looking at the Wasp, the Blue Angels came screaming overhead - a taste of what they will be doing on Sunday.
Saturday was a relaxing day for our athlete and we went down to Audubon Zoo to show C the animals. Not a very warm day, we needed jackets on and cups of coffee to keep warm. But there was plenty to see and we had a lovely easy walk around most areas before it was time to go back home for a huge (for D) pasta dinner and a relatively early night as D had an early start on Sunday.
D went off at around 5am to get to the pick-up for the tri. The swim was cancelled, so he had a run/bike/run race, due to the high winds making the lake too choppy for the swimmers. We all drove down to the race a little later and found a good spot in the middle of the second run area where we could watch D go by on both sides. C had his cheer-leader onesy on and we all cheered and rang the little bell to encourage all the runners, but especially when D went by. Soon we had to move over to the Finish line and waited there for him to come through. Not a bad time, and he was glad of a seat on the folding chairs when it was all over. Plenty of water and a good rest, before we followed him across to the food area where he managed a couple of platefuls of food to replenish his energy reserves. The airshow was cancelled because of the bad weather, which was a bit disappointing, so there was little point hanging around and we decided to leave. Some folk were still running when we eventually made it back to the car and home.
So Monday D went to work and in the late morning S, C and we went off for a little coffee before meeting up with D and driving to the airport. We hated saying goodbye to them all, but especially to the little one who will grow and change so much before we see him again in July.
The Garden District Bookshop
Mignon, baby shop
Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans Triathlon