The big day for the team has come and gone but they certainly went out with a bang. The alarm went off at 3:00 AM on Saturday morning has the team started to gather at 4:30 AM when transition opened. (earliest start for a non Ironman race that I’ve heard off) Come race morning our team was a sight to see as 132 Team in Training triathletes gathered before the race. This was the biggest team MN has had and they raised a record 328,000 dollars for the society. It was pretty special to be apart of the largest team from MN in both numbers and dollars raised. Race morning was full of nerves and last minute hiccups that were all settled before the race started. I even had to shoo out the more relaxed ones to start their warm-up. For the next few hours I watch team kick some major butt as they came and went through transition. For many including myself it was an emotional day. The team did so well and we have all but three people finish the race. I was so frickin pumped and proud of each and every one of them. It was absolutely amazing seeing this great group of people finally race.
After the last team member finished it was finally time to clean up and pack up. When we arrived home it was time for food and a shower before a quick nap. I only got about an hour and I could have used about three more. The reason for the short nap was that we had to go to the victory party. So we headed towards downtown Minneapolis where we ate, drank, and celebrated with a majority of the team. At about midnight we headed out for some more food to calm our hungry stomachs. The night finally ended when we arrived home at about 2:30. So it pretty much was a 24 hour session, but it was an amazing one.
Pictures coming soon…