This weekend was amazing for training, hot and sunny oh and a little wind!! As we get closer to the race I see more athletes and groups from all over training here and some new faces that are starting to become locals!
But this weekend was special for me. I am very passionate about sport and my love for triathlon so I like to put out emails to invite all the athletes I know who are racing and other athletes who I think might like to come out and join us. On Saturday we had a huge group of swimmers at the dock at rainbow, half were athletes competing and the other half masters swimmers who just wanted to come out and swim- It was great to see everyone and have the company out swimming. Then we got onto our bikes and some people left us and others joined in. One of the ladies had a friend come ride with her on the first half of her ride and then had her husband meet her for the second half. I think that is so cool. We never get to ironman on our own as we always have friends and family on the side lines who encourage and support us and this was one of those days we got to see that in action. I also have a couple who I am coaching who were out riding together and it was great to watch and hear their laughter as they climbed up the Callaghan together. On the way out and back from Pemberton there are so many other triathletes out there saying Hello or giving a thumbs up as you ride into the head wind- again more support! Then on Sunday when we run we have some local runners from our Whistler Half Marathon group join us for our run. What is more fun than being out running with a group of people , sharing stories, and sometimes just listening to each others feet hit the ground as you move along. Each Sunday we have a local women, Wendy Ramsay, who comes out for the group run but Wendy does not run, she power walks. Wendy meets with all the other runners in the morning and then when we part for the next 2 hours she does her walk and we do our run. She is an inspiration to all of us. Also she likes to meet all the athletes as she is signed up for 4 Volunteer shifts at ironman and is most excited about her 10-midnight shift handing out medals!!
As I mentioned there is so much more to Ironman than the training. I am fortunate to be in a place right now with my own training that I can step back from the times and distances and observe the friends helping friends, the couple laughing with each other, the people saying high and giving me a thumbs up as I ride and run and myself, shouting encouragement to all of my athletes and friends who I see out training.
On Saturday as I got on my bike with sore stiff legs, one of my athletes looked at me and said “ all you have to do today is ride your bike- that’s not too bad”- he was right – life is great when all you have to do is ride your bike!
Thanks to all of my supporters, friends, family, my athletes and other athletes- you make my ironman journey a special one!