Two months ago today we were in Houston for a weekend of volunteering, frunners, cheering and spectating greatness! We made the four hour trek from Houston the night before with Beth’s sister, Kate.
None of us left work early and then we decided to all sit down to eat dinner instead of making Teal have to eat and drive at the same time, so we were really setting ourselves up for a late arrival into Houston. By the time our heads hit the pillow that night we knew that alarm clock was right around the corner. 😦
But it was so worth it. We met up with the DFW Crew that was volunteering and the rest of our volunteer group for wetsuit peeling (but let’s call it what it really is wetsuit stripping). All of us volunteers watched the elites start the swim and then made our way over to where we’d be stripping athletes. 🙂 The worst part of the day was being present at the swim finish when people didn’t complete it in time and were stripped of their tag and done for the day. Talk about heartbreaking!
Once our stripping duties were over we got second breakfast/super early lunch, whatever you want to call it, before making our way over to the canal area to find the perfect spot to hangout and later cheer for the athletes. We were there before the elites had started their marathon portion and man was it amazing to see all of them. Where we were spectating enabled us to see the athletes 3 times on the run part.
Or really since they ran along the other side of the canal you could say we saw runners 6 times…
We had a lot of time out on this portion of the race and some time to kill, so we ate a lot of goldfish (shocking), maybe had a couple adult beverages and enjoyed the company of our frunners. 🙂
A part from the people our group knew racing that day Teal had a friend Derek out there that she also got to cheer for – if only this picture of Derek wasn’t blurry!
Thanks to the one company that had people passing out cowbells for spectators and a couple of the awesome ladies with us we had tons of stuff to cheer with and/or entertain us.
We were both so excited and pumped to get to cheer on the power couple of Heidi & Brian. 🙂 These two worked their butts off for months preparing for this day, their hard work showed and paid off!
The accomplishment of all of the athletes we encountered that day was inspiring! You won’t catch us doing an Ironman, but man what a feat and such a neat thing for us to be a part of as volunteers and cheerleaders!
A none blurry picture of Team Leub after they rocked their first Ironman! Congrats to you both….two months later! You two impress us with your dedication, strength and accomplishment!