So you know I said I (almost) wished I was there. As I lay in bed on early Sunday morning and listened to the wind howling and rain bucketing down I was thanking my lucky stars that I was not racing that day.
Oh my word the conditions were bad. The wind was gale force, it was cold and it rained off and on the whole day and night. And 1800 people had to do an Ironman. Each and every single one of them gets all my respect. In conditions like that to race for as long as they did… wow! Somewhere out there for 17 hours, it was bad enough spectating and I had a warm rainproof jacket on.
Normally when I watch and Ironman I really wish I was racing and say that I would love to do another sometime. Not this time. I am now saying NEVER EVER again. There is no way that I would want to put myself through that. The mental toughness that they all showed not to give up when having to cycle straight into that wind was amazing. I don’t think I would have that. I would be the one sitting at the side of the crying my eyes out.
So to everyone that did the race yesterday – WELL DONE!!! To my brother on his first Ironman and to do it under 12 hours – wow Scotty fantastic. To my sister – you are amazing. I knew you could do it. I always amaze and inspire me. You are so strong and make me so proud. Love you both.
Guess who was the one that burst into tears as my sister crossed the line – and it was not her….