Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My IronStar Race Re-Cap.

OK, Finally up and working at the house so here is my race recap. The IronStar Triathlon was held in Conroe, TX at the Del Lago Resort. Its a nice place with a beach area, sand volleyball, kids area, and just plain nice. As I headed out from my house at 5am to be there by 6:30am it was a great cool morning. As I approached Conroe I began to see several cars carrying tri bikes so it was easy to follow and find the place. Arriving there it was still dark and many athletes were getting there bikes, equipment and inflating tires. I headed over to the volunteer check in area, got my cool t-shirt which said IronStar Crew. I met with Greg, super busy guy, he was all over the race area the whole day never standing still for one second, Great Job Grey! I was then whisked over to help with chip timing hand out. It was pretty cool, ask athletes for there race number, find it on the board, tell them to check it in at the table. There was a line about 25 yards and about 4 other crew vols helping out. Next thing I know the race director rolled by and said 30 mins till race start and there was about a 100 yard line! Holy crap I thought. I surly did not want to be the one to cause an athlete to miss the start because we couldn't hand out some chips. Then about 4 nice ladies showed up to help, I explained to them what to do and we started rockin` it! I think I even totally surprised some racers as I saw there body markings and pulled there chip before they even got there, sweet! OK, so we got everyone finished and then headed over to the starting line to watch the gun go off. Different age groups are marked with different colored swim caps. After the swim start I was told that I would be helping with wet suit stripping and the racers would be coming through in about 25 mins so be ready. I staged myself with the other fun ladies that were helping with the chips and 2 other guys, there was 6 of us. One of the guys had done this before and instructed us on what to do. Easy. Grab the suit from the waist and pull down past the hips, have racer sit down on there butt, lay back and lift there hips and legs in the air; grab the wet suit and pull really hard and fast!! Wham, it comes flying right off! Most of the time. I really felt like a cowboy performing the calf roping! As the racers started to come in it was yell and shout for wet suits!, need help with your wet suits! During this time you become totally wet. My jeans and shirts were totally wet! It's a really cool part to do and would highly recommended if you get the chance, it does take a little pulling but its so worth it! I think people watching have a great time watching us Strippers! After that and everyone was on the bike course it was just hanging around, change clothes (yes, take some extra clothes, esp, if your a stripper) get something to eat and wait. I asked if anything else needed help with and was told everything was good. I then just watched as the leaders came in from the bike and headed out to the run. I took some pictures and then after everyone was out on the run course I headed home. As I rode out of the resort the run course is on the local road. Oops, sorry to the 3 runners I scared as I allowed to make my turn but was not really directed which lane to proceed to and drove right on to the RUN Course! Yikes! I immediately saw 3 runners and I darted in between the cones but was stopped by a road director because a car was behind me, hey, I saw the other car but HELLO, I WAS ON THE COURSE! I was more worried about the runners than the other car as I figured they would see what I did and stop. Anyway, got back on the road and took some pictures as I road by. Overall, it was a great day and was happy to volunteer! I actually forward to participating in the race next year and special thanks to Jill and Trey for the shout outs at the race. (Trey was actually next to me in the wet suit stripping arena when he saw me and said Johnny, hey, its Trey! I yelled back, Trey, good job, have a great bike!) I even took a fun picture of my at the end of while I was driving (I was far away from the course by this time, fyi..) Rockon`...

4 comments:

Flatman said...

Great job! Cool pics too...

Jill said...

Interesting! But sounds like fun! I sat at the finish line being the back-up to the back-up timer. Gotta see the first place finisher and the last people to cross the line before it was dismantled.

It was great meeting you.

Steven said...

Sounds like you had a great time. And you look pretty happy in the self-pic!

Sarah said...

Cool volunteer report!