Monday, May 11, 2015

Mike Flew at Night

I love racing, it is one of the best parts of being a triathlete. However, when I'm not racing, I love to spectate and cheer on others while they are out there crushing their own victory laps!

It is even better when the person that I am cheering on happens to be Mike.

Over the last four years, Mike and I have raced a lot. Granted, we have cut down on races now that we are primarily racing longer distances but we still love to race. I have had the opportunity to race a few times while Mike was a spectator. He is my greatest supporter and having him on the sidelines cheering for me is amazing!

When I registered for my 50K, Mike told me he wasn't going to do it too. This has been the first big race that I have been training for by myself (more on that in another post, most likely). While talking about our racing calendar for the rest of the year, Mike decided that he was going to do the Fly by Night duathlon. Since it was only two weeks before my 50K, I said that I would spectate.

Ready for the Formula 1 Du: 1.7 mile run, 10.2 mile bike, 1.7 mile run, 10.2 mile bike, 1.7 mile run

This was my first time spectating a race that just Mike was racing (unless you count when I had to DNS Cast a Shadow and a few years of the Corporate Challenge). Our friend, Greg, came with us. We had a great time going back and forth between a few spots while Mike raced around the Watkins Glen International race track.

 Around and around he goes!

While I don't know if I ever want to train for a race that Mike isn't also training for again, I did have an amazing time supporting him this past weekend.

Mike flew at night! Finishing time of 1:49:23

Being on the opposite side of the race course makes me appreciate what he has done for me even more and I can't wait to see what the rest of our triathlon season has in store for him!


  1. It's always nice to be on the other side for a change; make you appreciate both racing and spectating more!

  2. Congrats to Mike! Believe it or not, the Caveman was a distance runner before I was so I was the sherpa before I ever ran long myself. It's awesome you appreciate each other so much.

  3. Thats awesome! I love running races much more than my husband does, but I really enjoy the rare opportunity to cheer him on when I am not racing as well. He supported me for 2 years before catching the running/tri bug himself! He just told me this weekend that he will happily travel to support me at my first marathon, I love having him cheering me on!