|Thurs. Sept. 5 - picked up my race packet.|
|Tried on my new speed suit.|
|saturday Sept. 6 - practice swim in Lake Las Vegas. Visibility in water = 0.|
|The covered bridge where I and many others would wait for the race to start.|
|Bike and run check-in|
|RACE DAY!!! Pouring rain... Racers arrived on the bridge before day break|
|Ready to race|
|Final well wishes before the race start from Jimmy Zhong, Lin's cousin.|
|We lined up according to the instructions from the paddle board guy. I'm at the front end of his board, between a guy in a white cap and a guy in lavender cap who has his hand on the paddle board.|
|Team Chris ter Horst - Lilah, Ying (Lin's father), Lizzie, Wei (Lin's brother), and Lin|
|My parents flew in the night before the race from The Netherlands and didn't tell us. But apparently everyone in Bathmen knew they were coming to surprise us.|
|This is for Chris from The Netherlands|
|Here I come, out of T2.|
|I unzipped my tri-suit, and all the gel bags I was not allowed to discard while on the bike came bursting out of my chest.|
Thanks to all the support, because it was amazing. Special thanks to my in-laws Wei Zhong, Victoria Van Zhong, Elizabeth Van Zhong who came all the way from Seattle, Jimmy Zhong, Ying Jun Zhong, and my parents Marlies ter Horst and Harry ter Horst who came to Vegas to cheer me on as a surprise. Also great thanks to my coach Lance Watson who made this opportunity possible for me after only training me for 8 months! I can never thank enough my wife Lin ter Horst for all her support, honest feedback, patience and advice. Without her I wouldn't be where I am now!
I am looking forward to planning for the months ahead and continuing to pursue my dream of becoming a professional triathlete.