The spectating/cheering crew deserves a post entirely devoted to them. My people were UNREAL!
Some could not attend the race in person and still did something special to be with me in spirit. Many posted words of encouragement, videos and notes on Facebook all day – I got home Sunday night to 500+ notification emails, you guys!
My cheering squad even went across species lines.
And the Iron Crew who were there in person…they really took the cake. Spectating an Ironman is one seriously long day in the cold, the heat, the sun, the wind, waiting waiting waiting to see your athlete come by for 15 seconds.
Chris, Nigel and Melissa flew out from San Jose! Kirsten drove from Salt Lake City!
My family drove the entire way from California.
Waiting at the swim exit, trying not to look nervous
On the sidelines of the bike course
There was no missing my herd of gnomies! How cool are they?!!!
Spectating is even dangerous. Kirsten suffered a cowbell injury.
And on the run course, right up till the finish line, they were there!
It’s possible they were not so popular with this sign later in the evening as other athletes tired…but it made ME smile!