Sunday, May 2, 2010


IronMan was so awesome. I am still so amazed by all the participants and what they accomplished. Summer and I volunteered at one of the run aid stations and had a blast. I was so excited to see all of the competitors run by us on one side and fly by us on there bikes on the other side. We were set up in the middle of bluff street so we could see 2 legs of the race going at once. Both the male and the female winners of the race had huge gaps on there competitors and it was fun to cheer them on. We got there around 1 to start helping and our station didn't really start to get busy until about 2 or 2:30 and then it was non stop runners. It was exciting to see the people running by knowing that this was the last leg of the race, but the participants looked so tired i think that most of them were just ready to be done.
My mom volunteered at the swim part of the race, which was the first event, to take off wetsuits for the transition into the bike portion. She said that when the swimmers got out of the water they were so cold that they couldn't even move there fingers, so she pretty much had to completely dress the runners from head to toe. The water was only in the high 50's.
Next year i am definitely going to volunteer again. I can't even describe how amazing it was to be apart of it even though i didn't race it. It was just exciting to cheer them on and give the runners supplies that they needed. It really surprised me how thankful the competitors were, it just made it that much more rewarding the be apart of it.
I would love someday to compete in the iron man, but i think that i will start with baby steps. I plan on signing up to do a sprint triathlon hopefully in September and then we will see were it goes form there. I totally encourage everyone to volunteer next year because it was awesome.