|Thanks Yndecam for capturing the moment!|
As Tom and I were getting our bikes set up in T2 I was checking out the other racers to see who might be my competition and all the sudden noticed someone in a USA tri suit with the last name “Haskins” on it. I knew of the Olympian, Sarah Haskins, but immediately dismissed it assuming it was probably some random age grouper that had a USA tri kit from Age Group Nationals or something (and coincidentally the same last name). Turns out I was wrong!! Now way! It was indeed Sarah Haskins and she had randomly showed up with her husband who apparently is from Mankato area. She is set to race the Lifetime Tri next weekend and must have done this one for fun! She was genuinely nice and even stuck around to hand out the race medals! Both Tom and I had pretty good races! He finished 3rd overall (1st place was Sarah Haskins husband who I think used to be a Pro). I was 2nd…or 1st Amateur (no puking!). Tom Rivers (Mark’s dad) also did the tri for the 3rd consecutive year and looked strong as ever! Once we got our medals we peeled out and spent the entire afternoon on the pontoon and in the water with the Rivers and the Larson’s! We downed way too many silver bullets and left with a fresh tan!! What a way to spend a weekend! We had a blast hanging out with the kiddos Allie, Kate and Drew! Thank you Marie and Tom for the splendid hospitality…can’t wait till next year!
|Drew and Allie "Cheese" - Photo Credit to Ericka Larson|