Ryan and Caden kicked off the day at 5:30am as they left to volunteer for the 2014 Australian Duathlon Championships. They worked at one of the water stations, handing out water to the age-group and elite athletes. Nine and a half hours later (!), they returned from the day. I know Ryan enjoyed being able to "give back" after being the one taking water all the time. It was also Caden's first official volunteer event and I think he really enjoyed himself.
Bryson and I were able to sleep in a bit more, but our day was no less busy. Although the Duathlon Championships was along the River Torrens in the CBD, our nearby Hutt Street (just ~30 yards away from our front door) was also hosting a local criterion race (many laps around a closed street course in bicycles). So after brekkie, B and I headed down the street to watch a few of the younger racers compete (14-17 year old boys & girls). We then jumped on our own bikes and rode to Gilles Street Primary School for Bryson's first basketball practice. B did a great job and seemed to have a good time while he was there. There were only ~7 other kids and there was a WIDE range of athletic abilities. I don't think I would be exaggerating to say it might have been the FIRST time a few of these mates had ever picked up a ball! Five more weeks of funny stories will follow. :)
For our second mode of transportation for the day, Bryson and I took the tram from his practice to the CBD to find our favorite volunteers and we were just in time to watch the male & female elite athletes compete. Turns out we were in the action area because during the first 1/3 of the race, one of the female racers started stumbling towards us and race officials caught her and helped her to the ground. The most inept and s-l-o-w EMS workers in the world were called down to help her (they were literally 50 meters away, but you would have thought they came from a hospital 10 km away), but she laid on the ground for over an hour before they put her in the ambulance and took her elsewhere (they were giving her water and checking her pulse and blood pressure, but come on!). I am the first to admit I have NO medical experience, but it seemed pretty obvious to me that all she really needed was an IV of fluids...
After the race ended, Ryan and Caden rode off on their bikes to join the other volunteers for a "thank you" party and Bryson and I mixed things up by walking to our next destinations: Kmart for a fan (the temps are getting warmer and warmer!) and then home. After only a brief rest to cool off, we then hopped on our final mode of transportation, the city bus, to pick up our bikes that we had left locked at the tram station!
We *tried* to go to bed early last night to prepare for the early morning wake-up call for our volunteers. Something tells me tonight will have an even earlier bedtime...it was a full day!