The energy is building around these here parts.
Its IRONMAN SUNDAY!!!!
|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.
The FINISH LINE!
|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!