The run up the circular helix was amazing. You keep running (jogging) up this circular parking structure, and it’s lined the entire way with spectators, 3 or 4 deep, all of them cheering you on. I had heard about it, and thought I was prepared, but it blew me away. Cue the second time today I’m about to start crying. Nope - refocus, get up this ramp, and get some dry clothes on.
bike course. But the crowds come out in droves to cheer you as you charge your way up. They dress in costumes, they have some hilarious signs, and they do whatever they can to help motivate (scare?) you up those hills. At the bottom the crowds are sparse, but the higher you go, the denser the crowd becomes - almost to the point where it’s crowded! I saw my other coach Matt on the second hill along with my training partner Steve. Steve confirmed my great swim time, and Matt made sure I was doing OK. I told him my heart rate was elevated, and he reminded me to take it easy on the second loop. I took the third hill with relative ease, then made my way back to Verona to start Loop 2.
Wendy and Kaitlynn were all who remained. We went to transition to check out my bike and retrieve my bags. We ran into Dotty, and she was just checking out her bike also. I got to thank her husband and kids for letting her come on our long training rides. I also gave her a big ol' sweaty finishing hug - a huge feat, since Dotty doesn't even like to shake sweaty hands. The most I had ever got from her was a fist-bump after a long ride!
I’m glad I did. Seeing those final finishers was amazing - the determination, relief, and excitement in their eyes as they came down the chute, knowing they had finished and earned the title of Ironman. It didn't matter how close to Midnight they were - they completed the exact same 140.6-mile journey as everyone else had.