1. Triathlons are amazing. But I dont think its something I would ever do.
I cant imagine the level of training these athletes go through, and what is expected of them on the day of the event. I have to give so much credit to each and every person who competed today - awesome job!
2. The pro athletes are fast, furious and mean.
I have never seen such lean, muscular women - the men were very fit too ... but these women were amazing. They definitly did not "appreaciate" the volunteers handing out water and Gatorade to them - it was more "expected". In addition, there were several motorcycles on the course, ahead of the pros ... filming them. There were often shouts of "get off the path, runner coming through!". I dont think the other 9,999 people competing today believe that they are not runners - just because they are not professional athletes.
3. Give a little love to the aid station workers.
First, the work is back-breaking (almost literally! my back kills!). Second, many of the station workers are volunteering their days to help out runners/athletes during these events. It was amazing how few "thank you's" we got - but the ones we did were well appreciated and made it all worth while. How great is it to hear someone, who has just swam 1.5K and biked 40K and is now running their 10K, say to the people who hand them water "thank you so much for volunteering!". It made our day - each and every time.
Here are some pics I took today:
Last heat of swim
Cara & Becca with swimmers behind
Cara, Becca & Patti ... manning the beverages :)
Runners coming through the station
Rhonda, our patient honoree, with the hand-off!
(The bike stuff happened a bit away from where we were - I saw it on the way coming in but didnt have the opportunity to snap any pictures.)