To Seward for some Pink Cheeks

To Seward for some Pink Cheeks

Michelle and I went down to Seward on Friday so she could participate in the Pink Cheeks Triathlon on Saturday.  I knew that we were not going to be spending much time in town, so I decided to focus my efforts on photographing the harbor.  After a delicious dinner at Ray’s  of cajun blacked halibut cheeks, Michelle retired to the room and I spent a about an hour and a half after nightfall photographing the boats in the harbor.  The next morning, I got up right around sunrise at 6:00 to go back out and explore the harbor with the morning light.  Due to the steep ridges and peaks of Resurrection Bay, the sun never actually hit the harbor until I was finishing for the morning.  After breakfast, Michelle and I went for a walk on the docks, photographing boats, a raven, a couple of dogs that were snarling at me, and, when Michelle pointed it out, a Stellar sea lion cow meandering among the boat docks in the harbor.

 Then, we headed over to Seward High School, the focal point of the Pink Cheeks Triathlon.  Pink Cheeks is what is referred to as a “sprint” triathlon, in that the swimming is 900 yards, the running is three miles and the biking is only six miles.  It is also the first of many triathlons for the year in Southcentral Alaska.  We hooked up with Michelle’s sister, Linda, and her kids, Tyler and Maddie.  Tyler and Michelle were part of a three-person team, while Linda was doing the triathlon solo.   For those who were swimming as part of a team, the swimming came before the run.  In order to accommodate all the swimmers, locals were required to swim on Friday.  Following the swim, there was a mass start for all runners, followed by the bike portion.  Then, for many of the people doing the triathlon solo, the swimming came at the end. 

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