Part of History

It’s estimated that 200,000 people watched the Men’s Triathlon today in London. I’m happy to report that I was one of them. When I attended the women’s triathlon last Saturday I started off watching them swim. This time I skipped the swimming part of the race since the crowd was already large and rapidly growing. If I wanted to see anything I knew I had stake a spot. I stood behind a somewhat short family.

But first, here are some photos of my wanderings down to Hyde Park.

The crowd was festive and did their best to find decent spots to watch and to keep themselves entertained.

People kept climbing the trees and on top of this phone booth. The cops would ask them to get down. This lady seemed to put up a fight. At least that is how it looked, but I was across the street. She lost. If you look closely, you can see a leg in the tree. That gentleman had to get down as well.

How many volunteers does it take to put up an umbrella?

Finally, the race starts. Now what? More waiting and preparation.

Here come the bikes!

And again! They did seven laps. I was starting to get exhausted.

The running starts. I’m not sure which is my favorite. The bikes go whizzing by, but it’s easier to get photos of the runners.

Whew! Now it’s time for my walk home to see who won.

The Brownlee brothers of Great Britain took the gold and bronze. And in case you are wondering, that is not my dog that is behaving. My dog would be chasing all of the pigeons.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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42 Responses to Part of History

  1. paulaacton says:

    Shame they couldn’t make it gold and silver but they did so well I have to say the time penalty thing got me having to stop for 15 seconds then start running again

    • TBM says:

      That would have been agonizing for me to wait 15 seconds. None of us in the crowd could figure out why he received the time penalty.

  2. cobbies69 says:

    Brill part of diary making in pictures.. Well captured.. 😉

  3. Valentina says:

    Thank you for bringing the excitement of the Olympics.

  4. fgassette says:

    Loving your narratives on the Olympics. Your photos tell a wonderful story of a once in a lifetime event. Ops this is London’s third time hosting the games. Good for them and good for you this time.


  5. zelmare says:

    Well done GB!!! Love the photo’s, it looks like there was a definite vibe going.

  6. Congrats to GB!!! I think our Canadian dude fell down and went boom in that race today 😦

    • TBM says:

      Yes. We saw his bike go by without him. A few minutes later we saw the injured rider. I briefly considered taking a photo. But he was bleeding and people were helping him walk. Also, the look on his face broke my heart. All of that training and to get knocked out that way. I just couldn’t take advantage of his suffering. I hope he recovers and continues to compete.

  7. Fantastic – you really are getting the full Olympic experience!

  8. jmreagan219 says:

    Your so lucky! It’s cool to see the olympics from an inside perspective.

  9. Northern Narratives says:

    I enjoyed your post very much 🙂

  10. I love hearing you talk about the Olympic events. And my dogs would go crazy chasing after those pigeons!!! 🙂

  11. lynnsbooks says:

    I love seeing/reading all your little mini-journals told in pictures. I must admit that I’ve been enjoying the Olympics but I’ve been an armchair watcher. It’s great that you get to actually take part in these events.
    Lynn 😀

  12. scrapydo says:

    Thanks again for giving me a small part of the Games life

  13. Gilly Gee says:

    Those small children are so cute.I can never understand people who say they are bored when there is so much to see if you open your eyes and mind!

  14. 52BrandNew says:

    How exciting that you were able to see both triathlons. I’d love to go to the Olympics one day. I’m not a big sports fan, but the Olympics bring out my inner athlete. I just love the spirit of the games.

  15. dadirri7 says:

    wonderful olympic coverage again! love the spectator’s view, the people trying to see better, the children, the dog, all super 🙂

  16. Fergiemoto says:

    How exciting that you got to experience this event! Great photos!

  17. pattisj says:

    I thought I had a lot of pigeons! Good thing you didn’t get behind a sombrero. 🙂

  18. Madhu says:

    Love all your ‘people’ pictures 🙂

  19. Kate Kresse says:

    As we watched the triathalon coverage here I told my guys that you were no doubt there in the crowd. Anytime they scanned the crowd I tried to find someone taking photos of the riders. Glad you really were there~great post.

  20. Terrific photo’s of your experience. Enjoyed your post very much. Thanks for visiting my page. Xoxo

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