I got to hang out during the weekend with some of my teammates. We see each other only a couple times a year if we are lucky so it is so nice to catch up!
I also had several friends racing Ironman for the very first time. I was fortunate to run into each of them prior to the start of the race. And I saw most of them out on the run course- smiling and having fun! I love seeing people step outside their comfort zone and achieve something that at one time seemed impossible. This is what keeps me in the sport!
|Heather getting ready to smash her first IM!|
And probably the best part of the weekend was seeing 2 of my girlfriends who flew in unannounced and showed up to cheer on course. I saw Dawn just as I was heading out for the final loop of the bike course. I could hear my name where my peeps were cheering on the sidelines, and then suddenly there she was! I made eye contact and screamed as I went by. Here's the photo of me when I saw her:
|OMG! DAWN!!! All the way from TX!|
And then on the run course, around mile 19 I am running past the base salt tent so there's a lot of people and activity. I see a blur of pink tutu out of the corner of my eye, and then I see this sign on staked into the ground:
|KJ with the #bff! LOVE these two!!|
And then in a whirl, she turns around and locks eyes with me and we both start screaming. We screamed for like a full 30 seconds and hugged while running. It was literally the best surprise ever. At awards on Monday I hugged her for like 3 minutes and didn't want to let her go. One of those friends you just never see often enough.
|My girl. We met at my 3rd Ironman.|
So the race was.... fine. (To borrow a phrase from my teammate, KO). I felt fine on the swim. I felt really good on the bike. But my run was a little lackluster. I kept running. Just not as fast as I would have liked. BUT, if I can have a bad day and finish in 10:29... well, there's just not a lot of room for complaint there!
And I did come away with the ROKA First out of the Water award for my age group.
|ROKA FOTW. *boom*|