Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weekend Between Races

What do two triathletes do in between weekends full of racing?

 Still dark outside

Volunteer at a triathlon, of course!

Mike and I signed up to volunteer at the inaugural Great Lakes 100 Mile Triathlon awhile ago and the race happened yesterday.  We woke up at 5am, which is much harder to do on a day that you aren't racing and don't have the extra adrenaline to help you wake up with ease.  I definitely didn't want to get out of bed!

Pre-race meeting

We got to the location of the race at 6:45am, it was about an hour drive from our house, and signed in.  Unfortunately, since this was the first year for the race it was a little unorganized.  Mike and I were assigned to work the water station at mile 3/11 (it was an out and back) on the run course, which meant that we didn't have anything to do for about 5 hours.

We did end up watching the transition area before the start to make sure that none of the bikes were stolen!

Beautiful sight!

At 7:30am the horn sounded for the start of the duathlon and the athletes were off and running!

The duathletes

There were about 10 people doing the duathlon and 35 people doing the triathlon, very small race but I'm sure that it will be much bigger when Mike and I actually race it.  

At 7:45am, the horn sounded for the start of the triathlon!

Not too choppy, but there were definitely small waves out there!

Mike and I cheered on most of the athletes as they came into the transition area either from the duathlon run leg or the triathlon swim leg.  Since we had some time to kill before our assignment, we enjoyed a free breakfast!  The race provided lots of choices, free of charge to volunteers, and we had some coffee, pancakes, a cinnamon roll and sausage (Mike only).  

At 11am we headed out to our designated water stop.  We had water, pringles, m&ms, energy gels, energy bars, bananas and Mt. Dew.  We hung out in our car for a little while because it was EXTREMELY windy.  After setting up some cups of water, soda and breaking apart a banana and energy bar we retreated into the car again.  A little while later Mike said, "there's a runner!" We lucked out because in one direction the runners had to go down an out and back before coming to our water stop.  We were able to go back into the car a few times before the athletes started to show up at a steadier pace.  It was fun trying to keep track of how many runners were on the out and back, and we even had some landmarks.  We probably said, "he's (or she's) at the red barn" or "he's at the bush" 30 times.  

I really enjoyed helping the athletes with whatever they needed, a few of them really appreciated the bananas and pringles! 

Ironically, near the end of our time volunteering (we left around 3pm because we had the hour drive back to Rochester) I saw someone on the out and back walking.  I wasn't sure if he was a racer or not but when he made the turnaround, I figured that he was. 

He got to our water stop, and I recognized him!  As he was leaving I said, "were you at Wineglass last weekend?" and when he said, "yes" I told him that he was the one who made me keep running and told me to not run so upright.  He said that his foot was bothering him (so I assumed that meant he was going to walk the entire run leg, 15 miles).  I can't believe he ran a marathon and then competed in a 100 mile triathlon the next weekend!

Shortly after we saw him, we left to go back home.  Other than waiting around for a little while, which we could have helped out on the bike course but I don't think that they needed much more help, and the wind we had a great day! Also, I really wouldn't have minded waiting around but we had Bernie in his crate the entire time we were gone, so I felt bad for him!

We will compete in this race someday, probably in two years.  

What do you do on the weekends that you aren't racing?

18 comments:

  1. Volunteering sounds like lots of fun, although the weather looks NASTY out. I'm not sure I'd love to race in that at all.

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    1. It got better, sun-wise, as the day went on. The wind was brutal though, really horrible headwind for half of the run and I'm sure part of the bike as well.

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  2. Wow, so cool you recognized that guy--what a small world! I also can't believe he ran a marathon and then completed a tri the following weekend. Wait, he's a runner/triathlete; I believe it. ;) (I did something similar on a smaller scale--10-miler and 15-K within four days and a half-marathon and sprint tri within three.)

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    1. Yea, I say that I was shocked (maybe more so since he was injured) haha but I would do the same thing probably. I have raced three weekends in a row!

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  3. That's so cool that you saw that man again! Small world.

    Well I had a short race this weekend....and then today I went and cheered on another friend during his race. Awesome running weekend!

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  4. i think it would be so wonderful to volunteer at a race! what a great way to give back!!! i teach sunday school on the weekends and enjoy catching up on things that i didnt get to do during the busy work week! spa love!!

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  5. On weekends I don't race - I am usually spending time with the kids! But I do love volunteering!

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  6. So great that you volunteered at a race you plan to complete someday!

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  7. Small world, huh? Volunteers are what make or break a race. Way to pay it forward!

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  8. yay! for volunteering! I volunteered for girls on the run to cheer everyone on and direct them! it was so much fun!

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  9. That's so awesome of you to volunteer!

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  10. I enjoy sleeping in when I'm not the one racing. It's awesome that you guys volunteered though.

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  11. What a great experience! I have been wanting to volunteer at a race, and might sign up to help at the Houston half in a few weeks. I decided to skip it with the ten miler right before it.

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  12. Sounds like fun! Minus the wind of course. Small world that you ran into that man! Pretty cool though. :)

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  13. I love that you helped out:) So awesome!

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  14. So cool that you volunteered. Love that you give back.

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  15. That's awesome that you volunteered! Such a cool way to see the race!

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  16. That's so neat that you ran into that guy. I'm with you-can't believe he is doing a tri the weekend after a marathon.

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