Monday, September 27, 2010

Alpe d'Huez - the Race

One of the main reasons to head to Alp d'Huez was for the Alpe d'Huez long distance triathlon. It was essentially a half Ironman with some vicious climbs on both the ride and the run. Wisely, I decided to play spectator while John and Chris raced.
John cooks up a delicious pre-race pasta meal. The gang is all smiles as we all fuel up. Spectators need their energy too!

The swim - you can just make out the entrants as they do a lap around the lake.

It was a mass start for the entire race so LOTS of people in the water at the same time.

Unfortunately we missed Chris coming out of the water but John looks good as he starts stripping off the wetsuit.

Both arms are out and the watch is still on. A good sign.

With a quick transition, he's off to the bike leg.

We catch Chris at the top of the second feed station. From here it is a fantastic long descent and then the hour long climb up Alpe d'Huez to the run.
Either Chris needs a new drink bottle or we have said something to upset him and he is throwing things at us.

Beth, Gervase, Ken and Rachel are fantastic spectators. (Big kudos to Ken and Rachel for being such good sports to cheer for people they just met on their European vacation)

Mr. Booker shows off for the camera. It's better to look good than to feel good......

And he's off ... on a 25 minute descent. We couldn't keep up in the car. The bikes were going faster than we were.

On the run, another thumbs up from John. I think he's actually having fun.

Looking good.....

Okay, maybe it did hurt after all. Congrats to John for finishing!

He's alive! And doing his best reaching for the stars impersonation.

Chris coming through the finisher's shoot. Don't let the order of the photos imply that Chris finished after John. No, I wouldn't want you to think that. I also don't think Chris is smiling in this photo. Again, this race looks like it hurts in my opinion.
Chris looking for a little sustenance to re-fuel after racing for 7+ hours.

Instead he gets a big hug from Gervase. Well done!
John is also all smiles. I think he is delirious.

A finishing hug from Beth as well. Congrats to both for finishing the tough race. I am very glad I was on the sidelines for this one. I thoroughly enjoyed my spectator role at this event!

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