Rianman and Kat joined about a gazillion triathletes, apparently all from Ilinois, ride the IMWI bike route yesterday. At about 11 I got this picture via text. Do you think all the others were posing with pigs?
Christy and I will be headed to Smithville Lake tomorrow morning at 4 am - yes 4 am - for the WIN for KC tri. We won't be racing but we'll be volunteering in the transition area. The all women triathlon sold out with over 850 triathletes--many first timers.
If you're looking for something to do, come out and cheer on the women!!
I'm not sure what is a bigger deal - Rianman PRing (PR=Personal Record) by 3 min 28 sec or meeting Chrissie!!
I'll be posting a longer recap in a few days (and recapping the KC Tri finally) but big KUDOS to Kat for kicking after only 5 weeks of training and for Marcus who completed his first half Ironman and rocked it! Congrats too to Monty for PRing by 15 minutes.
It was a great race despite the parking situation.
Kat - Ironman X2 - got in around 1:30 after driving 8 hours from Chicago and after getting some lunch and settling in, we took off for Lawrence for packet pick up. After getting a little confused driving in we made it with 30 minutes to spare. Luckily we beat the crowds and Kat and Rianman didn't have to deal with lines.
We also met Marcus at the race site and then convinced him to get some bubble tea with us in town at House of Cha. It was a first for both Marcus and Kat. We had a great time getting sushi for dinner, followed by bubble tea and Hawaiian Shaved Ice.
After a relaxing evening, we took off and got home to explore the swag bag. We'll be back tomorrow to check the bikes in. A long weekend but it's great fun!!
Volunteer sign ups for the 2010 IMWI is May 7th at noon. If you want to strip wetsuits, slather buff athletes with sunscreen, or pass out water to the 2000 people attempting to do what few can do, then sign up now so you can register on Friday.
Go to the Ironman Wisconsin volunteer page for more information. You have to first register to volunteer, confirm your registration, then on May 7th at noon, be at the ready to log in and sign up for your favorite spot. Last year you may recall Rianman, Jodie, and me signed up as body markers which turned out to be a great experience. Yes, you get up really early to do it but you get 30 seconds to be one-on-one with a person who is nervous, excited, quiet, chatty, and all other emotions. Maybe they are attempting Ironman for the first time after extreme personal challenges or maybe a pro - yes they have to be body marked too!
So, even if you aren't looking to get in the early line for registering for 2011 (which might be the last IMOO), volunteering is worth it.
Yeah I know, I didn't run it. But I still want to recap it. It was my first Trolley Runand I woke up at 6:20 so I think I earned a little space on this blog. Plus a TriSupporter treat happened after the finish.
Christy arrived at 7 am to pick me up and we were off for the Plaza where we parked then waited in a two block long line of people to board shuttle buses. There were a record number of registrants--10,400--so it was a lot of people to shuttle to Waldo.
Once we arrived at the intersection of 75th and Wornall we saw a mass of people. The fastest runner wave was already off. After a reasonable wait at the porta-potties, we headed over to the mass of orange wave participants - Fitness walkers or something like that, as opposed to people with strollers. The weather held up and we didn't get rained on but it was chilly and a bit windy.
Once our huge wave got going there was a good amount of space for walking. At mile 1 a guy with a cowbell cheered us on to celebrate mile 1. The best mile marker though was mile 2 - The Roasterie. It happened to be a well volunteered water station but who wants water when you can have the best air roasted coffee???
Christy and I stopped, got our java and headed back on our walk. The remainder of the walk was smooth and we crossed the finish line in 1:13:11. Our pace was 18:18 but we did lose some coffee time.
The highlight was after the finish we were walking through the crowd and a guy wearing one of my shirts walked past! That was the first time I've seen someone with one of my t-shirts on here in KC!! I was pretty excited.
So, if you don't already have a TriSupporter shirt, go out to my store and get yourself one!