>> Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A Facebook friend who's ran a number of running races (including at least 1 marathon) did her first triathlon this summer. She did the Life Time Fitness Minneapolis Triathlon with me. (Well, not WITH me... I don't think I even spotted her out there because it's such a big race.)
Anyway, she asked me a question:
Then I thought about what "Ironman cheering advice" I had for her. I felt like I didn't have anything great to tell her. Here's what I said:
- Pick out specific people. It's great when I hear "I LOVE YOUR YELLOW SHORTS!" Cheer for "guy in green," "miss pink shoes," and "mister white calf sleeves!"
- Don't lie. When someone says "800 meters to go" and I know that I just passed the last mile marker and it's more like 1200 meters to go, I get annoyed. [That's less of a big deal in an IM.] Say things like "nice work," "you can do this," "keep it up," etc.
- Lighten the mood. Dress funny. Cheer like a crazy person. Use humor. http://iwannagetphysical.blogspot.com/2012/07/MarathonCheeringSigns.html
I felt dumb that I didn't have any other good advice for A.W. on how to cheer at an Ironman.
So what advice do you have for her? What are some good tips for cheering at an Ironman?
Just leave a comment with your 2 cents. Thanks everyone!