Adri and I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at the Ironman St. George during its 2nd time running. I have never personally witnessed such an amazing event. From the pro athletes who are there to win it and just blow your mind in their speed, to those that are there for the first time just overwhelmed to finish, and then on to those that are completing their 15+ Ironman. It was such a motivating and inspiring event. So much so that we are talking about completing one ourselves one of these days. We looked at bikes, we talked about logistics of doing it and how we would train for it. We would love to one day say that we are an Ironman and Ironwoman. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Ironman triathlon, it consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run (marathon)... totaling 140.6 miles of pure determination. All of which must be completed within 17 hours (2:20 for the swim, 8 for the bike and 6:40 for the run).
As volunteers we got to be at the start and finish without being questioned as to why we were so close to everything. That just added an extra measure of amazing!
We watched as the pros entered the water and took off... all about 40 of them. Their physical condition and mental toughness just astounds me.
Here we have the other almost 1900 people entering the water after to pros to being their quest to become an Ironman.
All in all the event was awe-inspiring and just worth every moment. We hope to volunteer again next year and continue to be a part of such a cool experience. And, on top of that, we hope to compete in one ourselves here someday soon. I guess that means we better start training...
We hope that anyone that can will be there to support us when we accomplish this goal of ours!