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.
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
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.
Brill part of diary making in pictures.. Well captured.. 😉
Thanks…these posts are fun to put together.
Thank you for bringing the excitement of the Olympics.
You’re more than welcome.
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.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
I think it might be a once in a lifetime event for me, in London at least 🙂
Well done GB!!! Love the photo’s, it looks like there was a definite vibe going.
You should hear it. All of the cheering, helicopters, and noise makers. It’s fun!
Congrats to GB!!! I think our Canadian dude fell down and went boom in that race today 😦
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.
Unfortunately, I heard that was his last Olympics. Too bad – I doubt that was the way he wanted to go out :(.
That is a shame. You hate to see that.
Fantastic – you really are getting the full Olympic experience!
I’m trying. It would be a shame not to.
Your so lucky! It’s cool to see the olympics from an inside perspective.
I’ve been enjoying it. Soon you will be able to experience London stuff!
I enjoyed your post very much 🙂
Thank you. That’s nice to hear.
I love hearing you talk about the Olympic events. And my dogs would go crazy chasing after those pigeons!!! 🙂
My dog thinks pigeons are like tennis balls and he should chase them. He doesn’t understand why I won’t let him.
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.
I would love to see more, but like you, I’m watching tons from my couch. It’s an exciting time.
Thanks again for giving me a small part of the Games life
It’s my pleasure 🙂
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!
I agree Gilly. People watching is a fantastic way to keep you mind active.
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.
When you are in the crowd you can really feel the spirit. I hope you do go!
wonderful olympic coverage again! love the spectator’s view, the people trying to see better, the children, the dog, all super 🙂
Thank you. I feel bad sometimes since I get caught up in watching the crowds and sometimes forget to watch the athletes.
How exciting that you got to experience this event! Great photos!
The entire event was impressive: the athletes, the crowd, and the atmosphere. I loved it!
I thought I had a lot of pigeons! Good thing you didn’t get behind a sombrero. 🙂
I loved the guys with sombreros. They posed for numerous people. I really enjoy watching people have so much fun!
Love all your ‘people’ pictures 🙂
I’ve been enjoying snapping them. I’ve learned a lot by being in the crowds.
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.
That’s pretty cool. I wonder if you did see me. I was the one holding the camera way above my head 🙂
Terrific photo’s of your experience. Enjoyed your post very much. Thanks for visiting my page. Xoxo