It was a crazy weekend of spectating and seeing good friends at CDA. I don’t have much in the way of photos because it was far too busy…but there are a few.
#1: Use layovers to your advantage.
A 2.5 hr layover in Salt Lake City on the way out turned into a chance to stretch my legs at elevation with Kirsten and her dogs on a lovely creek hike.
#2: When going Ironman, go BIG. (Or, when in Idaho, go white trash…)
#3: Shine on and smile even if you’re nervous.
#4: Ironman swim start = scary stuff.
I’m actually glad AZ is a water start.
#5: I am officially too old to just crash on someone’s couch.
Somewhere along the way, I became a princess about my sleep.
#6: Meredith and D are awesome to spectate with.
It was a cold, tiring and wet day. Having friends to commiserate with while we waited to see our athletes again made it better.
#7: Cupcakes are fucking heavy.
You laugh, but my arms feel like someone beat them with a baseball bat. I directly attribute this to 5 hours spent walking around the run course carrying 10 pounds of cupcakes (and sometimes, shielding them from the rain with an umbrella).
#8: My friends are utter rock stars.
There were so many high moments in the day, seeing them smile their way through the tough course and revel in the finish line. I thought I was all cried out but…
#9: Delta Airlines fucking sucks.
I got to the airport this morning, only to be told they had eliminated my flight from the schedule and oops no one told you? Given the total booked-up nature of all flights out of Spokane due to Ironman, 20 minutes of searching led us to the only available option. Spokane –> Minneapolis –> San Jose. And so begins my cross-country adventure in order to get home.
#10: I can make anything fun.
In the spirit of what my friends cheerfully suffered yesterday, I am making the most of my little trip today – stocking up on books and snacks and determined to enjoy a day on airplanes.
I do look forward to finally getting home to my bed and my family. And back to training tomorrow!