Wednesday, September 4, 2013

2013 Ironkids National Championships

Team Szymanski was on the move again for Anna's last race of the 2013 Triathlon season.  We drove 20 hours round-trip to Des Moines, Iowa to join Anna's teammates from Kids That Tri who qualified to compete in the Ironkids National Championships. Over 1500 young triathletes aged 6-15 from all over the US were there to do their best!  Out of 79 girls in the 8-year-old division, Anna finished 30th!  We were very proud of her and we all had a great time!
In Des Moines, Iowa for packet pick up

Goodie Bag Stuff!!

I'm an Ironkid!!!
Someday I'll get to wear an "Aerodynamic" helmet like this!!

Team Szymanski!!
Taking the bike to the transition area the night before the race
Checking out Gray's Lake for the open water swim!
Practicing the swim and the dolphin dives!
Morning of the race - at sunrise!
Anna's transition area
Breakfast of champions!
Warming up with the Kids That Tri team
Kids That Tri teammates!!
Good luck!!
Finally the time has arrived to line up!!
And go!!!  She had a great swim!  Perfect dolphin dives!
Coming back in from an awesome bike ride
Going out for the run - notice how many bikes there are!!!  1,500 Ironkids!!

Big finish!
Ahh!!  Ice bath!!

30th out of 79!  Go Anna!!
Kids That Tri and Teens That Tri - Awesome group of athletes and coaches!!
Driving back home - 20 hour round trip!
Entertaining ourselves at a rest stop!
Getting closer to home - Anna spots a "Santa Claus" cloud!
Back home - so proud of our little Ironkid!

She's especially proud of her first set of "Tri-tats" - temporary of course!!
I did it!!!


  1. Wow, so many great photos of your Triathlon! It felt like we were there with you. We are very proud of you Anna, you are a great athlete and a "Kid That Tri's". ♥ To you from Meema & Bop

  2. Love all the pics! Congrats Anna on an awesome race. We are so lucky to have met you all and love our time together. The smiles in these pictures are priceless!