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Monday, November 21, 2011

"Super[iron]man" - Taylor Swift

IMAZ. [spectating edition]


loved. every. second.

The Peanut and I went yesterday. I'm not super awesome at the whole finding a place to park thing or the road closure thing.

Soooooooo we turned off the freeway.
I saw runners.
We parked at a hotel and walked over.
Since I'm still battling out this awesome sickness that started Thursday night, I figured the fewer people I was around the better.

It. was. amazing.

I had three people I was looking out for:

Ron.
Aimee.
John.

Turns out we saw Aimee first. Holy cow. She looked amazing. AMAZING.

Peanut & I were yelling like a bunch of crazies, "Aimee!! Aimee!!" [in my awesome I'm a closet chain smoker voice]. To my surprise she noticed us!
And. stopped. to. hug. us. both [?!?!] Loved. That.

"And you must be Peanut!!" [hugging Peanut]

She ran off.

Peanut: mom, she's awesome.
Me: freaking awesome.

Then we moved over a few steps to the metal railing.

Peanut: my feet hurt
Me: ummmm, you're pretty much NOT allowed to complain about ANY thing when you are watching an IronMan. [wink, wink]

Peanut had made the awesomest sign.

People. freaking. loved. it.

"Go Random Person"

Brought out all sorts of smiles, laughs & comments from the athletes which was awesome.

Some of the comments:

*best.sign.all.day
*can I be your random person?
*now, that is awesome
*can I tape that on my bike [Peanut said, no]
*thank you for having that sign
*having that sign at the top of this hill rocks
*that makes me smile

[Peanut was one happy camper]

I was so happy she came with me. I loved seeing her watch all the incredible athletes.
I loved seeing her face.

Especially when we saw these two individuals.



She was speechless.

Well until about 2 minutes after each of them passed and she said . . . .

"Mom, I bet someone told them they'd never be able to run again."
"I guess, I should never say I can't run a 10k."

I loved our location.
It was at the top of a short [hehehe hill].
You'd see it all.

People who saw the hill and . . . .

powered up
walked
smiled
grimaced
pumped their arms
clapped
gasped
yelled out to the crowd

a w e s o m e.

Then, the moment had arrived.

I. saw. him.

him.

RON!

Only [sarcmarc] Mr. PRR himself.

We rang our cowbells like crazy people.
Peanut hurried and flipped her sign over to "GO PUNKY!"
And I tried to act as normal as I could............what ever.
We freaking screamed at the top of our lungs!

Then, I seriously ditched my phone, my bell & my knowledge of IM rules to my girl and ran off with him. In flip-flops.

Best. 100. steps. ever.

So impressed.
So amazed.
So must do this.

You guys are incredible.

You. freaking. rock.

28 comments:

Marlene said...

Powerful!!! I am planning to volunteer & spectate at IMLP next year and seriously can not wait. I'm sure there is nothing like it!

Colleen said...

Awwww... what a great day! Aimee had a huge smile on her face! So glad that you and Peanut got to experience all that crazy that is Ironman. Can't wait to cheer with you next year!!!

Julie said...

What a great time for you!!!! I was so very excited to see the pic you posted of Aimee on Twitter! I had been tracking her all day and it was so great to see how good she looked! Thanks!

XL said...

So cool! I love spectating... I just always miss the people I'm supposed to see :P

Aimswa said...

Go Random Person! I love it! And such great insight into those 2 athletes - someone(s) probably DID tell them they couldn't do this. EF "can't"!!

Johann said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time. I love spectating with my son and always find that he has a blast. Very inspiring post.

Fe-lady said...

Told ya...!
So are you in for next year?

Raced for CAF one year in Oceanside and got to meet many of the wounded soldiers-they are awesome! (and FAST!)

Caratunk Girl said...

BEST race spectating report ever!! Isn't it a blast to cheer an IM??? I think I could totally go pro as a cheerleader!

SO cool you got to see Amiee!! She is freaking awesome!!

AND PUNKY!! YAY!! What fun. I want to come cheer with you guys!

Fruit Fly said...

I was stalking my friend in that all day yesterday! Great signs!!

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

you know we were supposed to me there, but the hubs' knee injury got in the way. Man, i wish i could have gone, just to cheer with you! and bring you GF goodies of course.

Matthew Smith said...

I love spectating races, and it sounds like you and Peanut had a blast! Awesome! Thanks for the great recap with the pictures.

Silly Girl Running said...

So freaking cool!!!! :) You ran with him? In flip flops? He must have loved that! :)

Chicken said...

Just found your blog and I was excited to see there is someone else out there who loves the treadmill as much as I do!

Will be following from now on!

Run hard!

Molly said...

I knew you were going to do a Tri!!!! Happy Thanksgiving : )

Missy said...

I love watching Ironman races. It's so incredibly moving. I have volunteered the last three years as well. If you get a chance, volunteer it's amazing to get a chance to help those athletes out. This year I took my two older kids to help and they love it too, we made a day of it, so fun.
I saw Amie on the run course by transition she look so fresh and smooth, she really rocked it our there.

Laura said...

So.love.this.

Teamarcia said...

Fantastic! I so need to spectate an IM SOON!
In love with Peanut's sign!

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