Two weeks ago I went down to Louisville for the Ironman. I was volunteering as a kayak-er for the swimmers and then cheering my friends on the run course. I was 99.9% sure I didn’t want to sign up for IMKY 2011 but this trip finalized my decision.
I’ve been thinking about the IM a lot and I’ve come to a conclusion. It’s kind of like that first shot of dope. Junkies spend their lives searching for that first high. That’s kind of how I feel about doing another Ironman. I don’t think I will ever feel that first (and only) Ironman finish. There is nothing like it. That day is still by far the best day of my life so we’ll just leave it at that.
Check out the kids kayak they gave me. I sat in a puddle of water for 3 hours but it was a lot of fun cheering the last swimmers in.
* I am really appalled at the rumor that they ran out of water at some of the aid stations and people were picking up empty bottles and filling them up with garden hoses. Ironman should be ASHAMED. This year there was a 28% DNF rate as the temps rose to 102 with the heat index. Ambulances going off all fucking day.
The night before the race I had dinner with some fucking awesome Louisville bike people, including Joan Hanscom, race promoter for the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross. She’s going to put me to work this fall. I may be sorry I asked for it, but hey, I gotta learn from the real deal. Joan also happens to be the Producer of the 2013 UCI Cyclocross Elite World Championships and the 2012/2013 Masters World Championships.
Did you know the USGP pays *** EQUAL *** PRIZE MONEY to the top three pro’s?
WOMEN GET THE SAME AMOUNT OF CASH AS THE MEN.
The USGP in Louisville features the infamous “green monster“. Come on out and race on Oct 23rd and 24th. I am working all weekend as well as racing.
I was checking out KatieFnCompton’s twitter page and she’s none too happy about the extra cash at CX Vegas. I must have jumped my guns on that one. Apparently the men are paid 10x (fucking 10x!) more than the women. You can see the payout amounts here on page 5. Still, Gnome assures me he’s heard through appropriate sources that the promoters are starting to listen and the ladies are going to continue to get more cash. I believe him. The conversation has to keep going though. (IE: I won’t STFU.)
Old news, but still mentionable. I adore Coach Troy and the Spinerval DVDs. He was training for an Ironman and decided to race the Leadville 100 (who DOES that?). Well he crashed, had surgery, and isn’t racing Ironman Wisconsin this weekend.
And I’ll leave you with a feel good Drunk Cyclist story. Dave and Dominic reunited via DC after 20 years. They were old flatland buddies. Shortly after I started writing here, I posted some pictures of Dominic downtown, and lo and behold, someone recognized him.
Last night was their first Flatland session together. They were both so happy.