>> Thursday, September 17, 2009
There were too many people that Pharmie and I saw on Sunday to list by name: there were friends racing, friends volunteering, blogger buddies left and right, and even blog “lurkers” popping up everywhere to say hi. So I’m not going to try to list the names of everyone that we met up with for fear of missing 1 or 2 and making them feel bad.
Instead, I’ll show you photos of our friends at work. The majority of these are mine, but there are a few that I borrowed from friends on Facebook who have all created large “IM WI 2009” albums filled with great photos! Here we go:
Delicious pizza with friends the night before. That’s Pharmie’s hand snagging some burnt cheese off my crust.
HALF the bikes the day before the race.
The other half on race morning.
The sun rising as the water fills with athletes.
Treading water, waiting for the “starting cannon.”
Ready, set, GO!!
Swimmers in the distance, turning at the buoy on the far left to start their second loop. And the helix full of spectators.
The madness in the “wetsuit peelers” area. (That’s popular IM announcer Mike Riley on the right.)
What the athletes saw after grabbing their gear bag: left for female, right for male.
I worked at that spot “directing traffic” for about the last hour of my T2 shift.
T2 male changing room just before the first pros arrive. It got hectic QUICK!
After 5 hours of helping in T2, Pharmie and I grabbed a quick bite and headed for our next duty: a water stop on Capital Square. On our way to the aid station, we spotted XT4:
XT4 flying through the run!
Marie walking through the aid station.
Dr. Joe was THRILLED to see Pharmie!
Tanya hamming it up!
Kris looked great all day!
Jeremy “toasting” me.
Iron Girl Nyhus cooling off with a wet sponge.
Robby, Pharmie, and Kris.
WI State Capital near our aid station as it was getting dark.
Handing out glow necklaces to the runners.
Brian (with a scraped knee from a bike crash)
XT4 sooo focused on the finish line!
Dr. Joe again!
Wedgie (1199) and a Team Disney buddy headed to the finish!
Kris heading to the finish of her first IM!
Molly and Pharmie at our aid station.
People beating the signs near the finish to make some NOISE!
(To see a few more IM WI 2009 images, click here to see an album that contains many of these images, and a few more not seen here.)