Thursday, October 8, 2015

You'll see me at the finish line at IRONMAN!!!!

I am so excited for this weekend...

The energy is building around these here parts.


& before you go & think something crazy like Donald Trump is going to be President, or gas is back down to under a dollar, or even more crazy - that I am doing the Ironman, just stop & focus on realistic views.

For anyone who would think I would do an Ironman

I'd die if I tried it.  Simple enough.

But I love that I still get to be a part of the event.

For the past few years, I've made sure I've been close to the athletes - whether it be down cheering them on for 5 hours straight... which by the way is still one of my favorite memories.  The athletes go up & back a road - TWICE - while doing the marathon portion & so many of them came up to me & said they couldn't believe I was there on all 4 of their trips past me... & thanked ME...

& last year, I had the most wonderful opportunity to work in the women's transition tent. I loved helping them so much - even though inside the tent was 110 degrees (not even joking) ... it was the best thing to help out.

Last Year....
I can still almost smell myself from 5 hours in a place that I would imagine Hell would feel like

This year, I almost went back to the tent again - after all, its going to be a GORGEOUS Sunday - 74 degrees & sunny.... a whole lot less sweat & people puking & passing out (Lord, please) ... but I saw an opening on the volunteer list that I couldn't refuse.


How I felt when I saw they had 2 openings left
... one for me, one for the Hubs...

Now, those are coveted spots & I didn't get the one volunteer position where you walk the athletes through after they cross. I'll be in that area though. I'll be cutting the timing chips off & turning them in so their time is accounted for.  I'm kinda nervous about it because if a chip is lost, the athlete has to pay like $150 for it... I don't want that to happen to anyone so I'm going to be extra vigilant on doing my job. 

But I still know I'm going to enjoy seeing the expressions on athletes that just crossed that Ironman Finish Line.... all the emotion.

They say that our town -Louisville's Ironman Finish Line - is the best in the circuit...maybe because its crowded on a cool part of our town & the top of it is covered so I would imagine the cheers & roars of family just echo off making it sound like a concert in a stadium. 

I just know the energy is going to be electric & magical...

& I get to be right in the middle of it - congratulating the athletes face to face...
patting them on the back....
helping them in any way I can....

& hopefully not cutting them with scissors.

I cant wait!


  1. You are such a great cheerleader! I think volunteering anywhere for an event like this would be amazing but the finish line wow!

  2. That is so cool! My husband and I almost volunteered for a Tough Mudder, but skipped out. It is seriously so contagious at those events, though, I love seeing people after they've completed them.

  3. Awesome! What an amazing experience to be a part of. I can't even imagine what those athletes go through and I get emotional just finishing a 5k ...

  4. This sounds like tons of fun! Enjoy!

  5. That is awesome! I have a feeling you can remain cheerful and happy from beginning to end, a lot of runners are going to love your and your personality!
    Ironman have always amazed me, in some ways I think of them as the ultimate athlete, I can only imagine what it feels like to cross a finishline after doing one, I mean besides the pure and total exhaustion:)
    Watch their faces, I bet each one will have a story to tell and they won't even have to say a single word to you for you to know exactly what it is. (I'm a people watcher, and when I watch finishers at any race I love to watch their emotions and imagine I know exactly what they are thinking, LOL - Yup, sorry I just dorked out there on ya, LOL)


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