Saturday I went down to Madison, Wisconsin to cheer on my youngest brother, Steve, who was participating in his first Ironman competition. I’ve heard of the race but I didn’t know much about the particulars. For now, I’ll just say that the race was thought up by Naval officer John Collins and his wife, Judy at Waikiki Swim Club in 1978.
Steve ran a marathon during his senior year at the West Point Military Academy and recently participated in several runs in the Chicago area with my other brother, Kevin. The Ironman consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike course and a 13.1 mile run. The field started out at 7 a.m. yesterday morning consisting of 2,990 competitors.
I spent Sunday with my brother Kevin and his wife, Terri and Steve’s friend, Annie crisscrossing both the bike and run course to cheer Steve from multiple locations throughout the day. Along with waiting in anticipation to spot Steve on the course, we cheered other passing competitors.
Speaking of cheering during the Ironman, spectators bring small cowbells on handles to shake to generate noise for the competitors. The “real” Ironman was spotted at the race with his LP cowbell from his drum set. Needless to say, when I rang that beauty, heads turned and competitors heard it!!!
Check out Ironman site if you want to become an Ironman!
I’m proud of you, Steve…nice job yesterday!!!!
Steve crossing the finish line!!!