I had the privilege this past weekend to attend an amazing event – IRONMAN Florida! Not only was it an amazing experience to see so many amazing athletes complete a distance many think to be impossible, but I was able to see 3 friends check a huge item off their goal list all in the same day. Meghann and two of her siblings, Ben and Kelly, volunteered and signed up for the IRONMAN last year, and all ran across the finish line Saturday night to complete their year long journey of training and dedication.
Marcus and I arrived in Panama City around 9:30 am the morning of the race, so we didn’t catch the swim or transition to the bike. We did catch everyone going from the bike to the run though, and it was quite the sight to see! The professional triathletes are unreal to see in action – everything is so precise and calculated.
Marcus and I hung with Meghann’s family for the day on the run course, which was right in the first and 13th mile of the run course. It was an out and back course of two loops, so each athlete passed our spot 4 times. We had an awesome setup with tons of supporters for #IronSiblings.
All three siblings had great swim and bike times, and before we knew it, they were out for the run! Ben came up first, followed by Meghann and then Kelly.
Without going on and on about too much of the cheering and spectating, I figured it would be more fun to leave you with some photos from the day. All I can say about the #IRONSIBLINGS completing the race is INSPIRATIONAL! It was so so so much fun to see a best friend complete a monumental goal – one she has been working on for so much longer than just the 24 weeks her training program alloted. Meghann cross the finish line in 13:05, which is unbelievable! She kicked major ass, which is perfectly summed up with this spectator’s sign:
So without further adieu, here is our day at IRONMAN Florida watching the #IRONSIBLINGS. Thanks for Steph for the use of a few of her photos!
And last but not least, Meghann’s (very shaky, but hey, I got it) finishing video