We met up with Alex and Susan for dinner on Friday night – so good to catch up with them in person without the weight of a race bearing down on us.
Saturday was consumed with the volunteer meeting, shopping at the expo, and trying to prepare ourselves for a big day of spectating and volunteering.
Sunday dawned early and early, with a 4:30am wakeup call. We had to drop David at the Temple Town Lake marina for his swim spotting gig at 5:30 and I had to be over to transition by 6ish.
Future site of swim exit
Pros get in the water
followed by age groupers
and after a little more waiting…they are off!
We had some time to kill working at the swim exit
There’s Chrissie Wellington out of the water in the chase pack
Pretty much our job as wetsuit peelers involved waiting for athletes to come down the mat and then mauling them to get their wetsuits off at high speed.
After the last swimmers were done, we got to relax and get a snack!
Then it was time to hang on the bike course. Chrissie was already in the lead by this point!
A brief rain shower sent all the spectators to this parking garage
Not too long after the lead men came in – maybe 10-15 of them – Chrissie rolled in!
We went out for beers at that point and made it back in time to see her head out for her final loop on the run.
The men’s winner Timo Bracht had a great race!
The first 7 men came in and then…with a new world record (for women in official Ironman events) and chicking the majority of the men’s pro field…there was Chrissie!
I touched her.
*I’ll never wash this hand again*
And then we cheered in a lot of other athletes. And went home to rest for a while. And then I was back in the stands at 7pm to cheer in a few more hours of friends.
Great shirt spotted on the course
THIS moment is why we do it.
Fuzzy photo of Wes finishing looking strong!
This is what it looks like to be 12th in the IMAZ volunteer signup line at 5am.
This is what the line looks like by 6am.
On-site registration is a really easy process – they just take your name, birthdate, email address, and charge your credit card. You complete the online registration later.
As posted earlier, this is what it looks like to be $575 poorer!
Good thing I have a whole year to train. I don’t have to stress too hard about what is coming just yet!