Tri Talk Tuesday – Support Crew

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.

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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.

Iron Girl Syracuse 2012
Ironman 70.3 Syracuse 2014

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.

Iron Girl 2012

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.



All Love


 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!


7 Replies to “Tri Talk Tuesday – Support Crew”

  1. I agree! My husband is SO supportive of my training and racing! When I hear of people who’s spouses don’t care to go to their races, I’m in awe of how they do it!

  2. Like you, I’m so glad my husband supports me in all my crazy endeavors. I couldn’t imagine doing what I do without him supporting me. You’ve got a great support crew; so awesome!
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  3. We are indeed the lucky ones that have gotten crazy supportive husbands! I don’t know what I would have done to get through all my training without his support. He has completed two IMs, so he can really relate to what I have been going through. It is now his turn to chase me on an IM course!
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  4. Awwww this is awesome! I also have a super supportive husband and I really love it! It’s so awesome when I’m dying at mile 9 and know that Andrew is cheering for me from the finish line. He told me that when things get hard that I need to remember that he’s there for me and it does help get me through the tough stuff! But seriously, I’m blown away that your group made shirts to wear to support you! That’s awesome!
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