Today is the day the infamous IRONMAN will take place! When I told my sister I'd be coming for a visit, she said, "Oh- you can come to IRONMAN with us!" The buzz around town has all been about IRONMAN. Businesses getting ready for the crowds, the streets filling up with cones and flags...the hospitality tents being raised...all in preparation for IRONMAN.
So I awoke at 4:30am, and our family was out the door by 5:30 to walk into town and get to "the wall", which is where everyone likes to sit and watch the first leg of the triathlon- swimming 2 miles in the Coeur d'Alene lake. (which by the way was 59.5 degrees this morning)
(L to R) Tierney, Jamie, Aunt Erin, Cope behind me was Uncle Robb, Grandpa, Jillian and Bobby
We are "On the wall" waiting for the athletes to jump in the water and start swimming
We are "on the wall" waiting for the beach to fill up with the athletes. The gun will go off and most of the 2200 participants will all jump into the FRIDGID waters! (59.5 degrees)
Here the beach is starting to fill up with all the athletes. The "professional athletes" have already begun, now the others are waiting for their turn.
It looked like a school of sardines flopping around. All you saw were a sea of pink and blue swim caps and arms splashing as they all entered at once.
It was just amazing to see how many different types of people were in the race! I was in awe of each one and how determined they looked. I heard it is not uncommon for their toenails to fall off after the race. Does anyone know if that is true?
This is but one fraction of the amount of clothing bags the swimmers will try to find with the help of their volunteers.
And then there are the sea of bikes waiting patiently....
The first swimmers out of the water...these are some of the "professionals"...
And they begin the biking portion... 112 miles in and out of town.
Of course we then went to breakfast... Any idea where?
...Yep! Calypsos' baby!!!
And this, my friends, is my reward for getting up so early...a blended mocha. I also had a very delicious toasted, sesame seed bagel with scrambled eggs, ham and cheese.
Starting the race...
Ill have more updates later, as the day goes on. The bike portion is still going strong, and I'm not sure if anyone is actually running yet. We plan on coming back out around midnight to cheer for those that cross the finish lines before then. (If you don't happen to cross before midnight, you are not officially given a time) *If anyone IN the IRONMAN is reading this- you truly are INCREDIBLE! I applaud you for your total commitment in this race!