Buoyed by the thrill of attending Beach Volleyball on Thursday, I woke up way too early for a Saturday (7:30am!!) to join some of The Irishman's friends to watch the Women's Triathlon. This is one event where Ireland had a contender, Aileen Morrison, so The Irishman and his mate from Dublin were keen to get there and get a good spot for each of the three segments.
The entire race took place in and around Hyde Park, where lots of spectators were showing their support for their ladies. Lots of Irish were out and about.
We got a much better spot for the cycling. There's Aileen there! The contenders did 6 laps of the cycling route, so we got to see them go past a few times before running back to find a spot to watch the running.
While we were waiting for the girls to come back around, the crowd noticed a couple on the terrace of their hotel across the street – in their robes. We had a great laugh as they played around with us and pretended to flash us. Oh my!
She ended up finishing 43rd of 50.
It was a photo finish in the end, with Switzerland taking gold; unfortunately, Helen Jenkins finished a very disappointing 5th. Team USA's Sarah Groff came in 4th.
Since tickets are still so difficult to come by for the remaining events, I think The Irishman and I will continue to go to free events like the men's triathlon and the marathons. It's a great way to get into the spirit of the Games and cheer on your country without dealing with the London 2012 ticket website.