Howdy Tuesday, how nice to see you again. This week it’s just myself and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What holding down the fort here for Tri Talk Tuesday. The lovely Miranda is heading to Lake Placid to watch and Anthony kick some serious tail at Ironman Lake Placid on Sunday.
Today’s topic of support crews is a well timed one for me. Honestly, I’ve been hoping for a swift kick in the rear in terms of bragging about how amazing my friends and family are to me.
My friends- it really blows my mind how much my friends have gone out of their way to come to my races. Whether it meant getting up early, riding a shuttle bus, or walking 30 minutes in because the park was closed to traffic by the time they showed up and they had to park stupid far away. To know I have people in my life who are so genuinely interested in supporting my success is such an incredible feeling. I just hope that at some point I can return the favor to them.
My Family- My parents have been so wonderful with all my racing. The only triathlon they didn’t make it to in the last three years was the Rat Snake. They are basically professionals now because they come with a popup tent, a cooler full of food and drinks, camping chairs, and get there early so they can find the best spot possible. They get up at 3am with me if that’s what it takes, and they’ve done that many times now. They do everything they can to make sure I feel supported and loved on race day. No matter whether I have a good race or a bad race, they’re always proud of me. I just know that when a race feels too hard or I feel like I want to quit, that I remember all that they do for me to make sure I’m successful and that’s always enough to carry me through a finish line. They’re so amazing and I could never do it without them.
My Husband- My rock, my cheerleader, my better half, the love of my life. He has never missed a single race, he’s stood around holding our maniac dog for hours upon hours, no matter the weather, the venue, the early hours, any of it. Even when I tell him over and over that he doesn’t have to come, he shows up with a smile on his face. He’d go to the end of the world and back for me and honestly, I have no idea how I got so lucky. I sometimes read posts from people in my tri group about having unsupportive spouses and it blows my mind. I could never do what I do without my husband by my side. I often times wonder how I got so damn lucky. I mean really, my husband supports me through everything in life, not just triathlon. I keep telling him to sign up for a race without me so I can come and cheer for him and make him feel as loved and supported as he makes me feel, but he always responds saying that he’d rather race with me. I truly feel like the luckiest woman on earth sometimes with how good he is to me. Very lucky indeed.
Who do you turn to for support? Do you have a cheering squad for races and life in general?
Next week’s theme is race prep and logistics! Talk to us about traveling for races, planning, how you prep for your big day, whatever it takes!