Today’s Tri Talk Tuesday topic is very important and relevant to me, especially right now: The Race Support Crew. The topic is hosted by the lovely Courtney from Tri Girl Chronicles and Cynthia from You Signed Up for What.
I honestly would not be able to do all of this crazy training and racing without my support crew. Now that I’m just four weeks shy of my First Ironman, my ‘support team’ is more critical to my success than ever before.
My Husband, Todd.
I know I have mentioned this countless times before, but this man is a SAINT and I am so GRATEFUL for him. Honestly, I would not be able to race and do what I do without him. Todd has not missed a single race of mine since we have been together (that’s 8 years!). I have competed in probably 30+ triathlons (I’ve lost count now) and he’s been at every single one. He drives me to my races so I can relax and eat my breakfast, helps me with my bike, keeps me organized, calms my nerves and cheers me on… oh and he serves as my official race photographer:) Todd is not an athlete himself and at times he thinks I’m a little crazy, but he is always there to support me 100%… and he NEVER complains, he’s pretty amazing.
My parents live close by and are always VERY supportive of me at my races. I know how proud they are of me and what I’ve accomplished. The best part is when I win an Age Group Award, I can just see they are so proud! It means the world to me that they will be cheering for me at IMMT and are making the trip up to Canada to support me. My brother and sister are also very supportive. My brother lives in Chicago and when I did the Chicago Marathon with his girlfriend, him and Todd had a blast supporting us from the sidelines!
Oliver, our dog
It might seem a little silly that I consider our dog to be part of my support crew, but to me, he’s basically a human! We bring Oliver to every race where dogs are allowed and he loves it! It’s the best thing ever when I’m flying by on my bike or during the run and he’s sitting there with Todd. I know he can’t cheer for me, but having him there is so great.
My friends, near and far
I don’t have a ton of friends near by, but the few that live close are very supportive of me! I also have girlfriends from college who may not be here in person to cheer me on me, but are always sending texts/calling to wish me good luck or say congratulations!
The blogging community!
I may not know you girls and guys in person, but your support on my blog through your comments, means the world to me! I love connecting with those of you who are also training for a race. I feel like I have made blogging friends since starting this journey and I love it!
What does your support crew look like?