2017 Volunteered at Austin 70.3 Ironman

Wow, what a weekend!

The weekend began on Saturday with our first Skills Clinic and ended on Sunday with volunteering for the Austin Ironman. During the nine hours of volunteering, I gained a greater appreciation for the training and the preparation that we undertake before the summer ride begins. My morning began bright and early. I picked up my teammates and got slightly lost in the fog on our way to Ironman. Later we would learn, the fog led to the cancellation for the 1.2 mile swim on Decker Lake. Initially, my teammates and I helped unload participant’s gear, later being reassigned to different areas throughout the course. I helped in the transition area between cycling and running, calling out and writing down bib numbers as they raced by. After completing their 56 mile bike ride, the participants would then run 13.1 miles, a half marathon. In the transition area, I was able to see various types of equipment used for the race. Some of the equipment running in the upwards of $17,000. Mainly for the competitors that wanted to be more aerodynamic in order to increase the likelihood of beating their personal records. By the end of the day, I helped my teammate, Louisa, to cheer on the runners. It was then that I realized that the competitors, like my teammates, all came from different backgrounds and fitness levels. Even through the pain, these competitors pushed on through to finish and run up the hill to victory. They proved to the world that you can do anything that you set your mind to. This mentality is what each of my teammates and I will need to finish the summer ride. We will bike on both the good days and the bad, we will have the support of our teammates, and we will bike from Austin to Alaska.

 

Written by: Margot Prewitt