The Speakers were booming with reminders about a free break-fast, wait a second FREE-BREAKIE! I was in! But before any of that could happen my bike needed to be roughly placed in transition, after that I rushed in, dropped my things and scanned the crowd for the school. BINGO! A bright banner drew me towards Mr.C and Piri, as I saw them swarming to the water front.
As far as I looked, all I could see were blue caps bobbing up and down Ngamotu beach, competitors were yelling "Oh My GOD!" as they hit the water. I tried to imagine how cold and fresh the salty water would have been, well at least my race is far away I thought.
"12 year old individuals to the start line please, green caps to the start line please." A jitter flowed through my body, my head was spinning and I had a sudden urge to pee! Tough luck the line was colossal! I ran down to the beach and met with my fellow green caps, little did I know the queue was becoming shorter and shorter and shorter...those famous words silenced the bellowing crowd "on your marks, get set, GO!"
Before I knew it I was on my last lap of the draining bike ride before...BAM! I hit the ground. I had found my lace had wrapped around my bike pedal and stopped me from continuing my journey a marshall rushed over and helped me up, then tied my laces. I pushed myself over to the transition area, ripped of my helmet and I was trekking the hills on our run. The finish shoot was in focus, I saw Temepara Bailey* grasping a medal with MY name on it! I sprinted my little legs off, I splashed my running red, hot face with cool water, I had never felt better! As soon as I saw mum, I took a big sigh and said... "let's do that again!"
*Temepara Bailey was a player in our nationally renowned team, The Silver Ferns it was such an honour to meet her!
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