Sunday, August 19, 2012

Spectathele at IMNYC (i.e. IMNewJersey)

So I went to watch Yasi at Ironman New Jersey New York City....First off, I was so impressed during the time I have been training with her while she was preparing for this race.  This girl has more focus and dedication than anyone I know so I was quite confident that her time was going to be LESS than what she anticipated. And spoiler alert.....she was awesome and fast!  Check out her PART 1 and PART 2 of her race reports.

The swim was supposed to be cancelled due to our wonderful eastern seaboard - leak of a sewer line which would be leaking chlorinated raw sewage (i.e. poop), but the swim was on, and I think I was more nervous for her swimming in that shit (literally) then jumping off a plank....

The night before she wanted to get rest which in Yasi-speak meant we discussed her times when we would see her etc and she was giving us bullshit times like 14 hours (whatever girl, I never believed you).

After I left her, I conveniently went home to foam roll (another story for another day of my quest to prove myself among high school football players) and make some signs and drink some I do my best work of sign-making.

I then waited for the Big Onions (mom, dad and sis) to arrive for some brekkie and to go meet up with my cousins in the Big Apple who conveniently live right near the only stretch of NYC in the race (i.e. 9 miles - don't you get it?  IMNYC??).  Anyway, we ate a fabulous joint called the Community where we had some huevos rancheros and some caffeine to get our cheers on...
my cousins Joey and Vince

More family photos at Community
I also found out that there would be a convenient location for spectating - a bar on the course - YES!!!
Christine came up via train to meet up with more signs so we can heckle and cheer for all the awesome people that were tackling this feet. 
Posing for spectatheleting
Figures the "artist" Christine would come up with the Pretty sign...

choosing location...

We cheered for every athlete and that included me holding the loudest piece of equipment - the bullhorn complete with siren sounds....
This is how I role
And this is how my family roles - Dad handing out french fries to the runners...

We saw her twice which meant we had to RUN 1.5 miles to the finish which she had 3 miles to go. 

I mean, seriously, "did the girl look like she just swam, biked then ran 20something miles??"
and she hugs me all sweaty

Doable for us to get to finish line first? Of course!  In flip flops and a crew?  Not so much, so Chris and I said see you later to the rest and booked it (in flip flops) and got there in plenty of time right before the finish to see her mom.  We quickly saw her coming and decided to sprint, yes sprint, where Chris and I were getting cheered for our run...and we missed her by a second to come in but she found us and we were all able to jump on her while she seriously looked like she could do it all over again. 

Great photo high fiving her dad
Congrats girl - excellent well put together race!!
Our crew and Yasi
She finished 4th in her AG!!  I thought we she was going to Kona as I heard a lot of people saying there was many I JUST IN CASE checked on my phone flights from Orlando to Kona (just in case) since I would be on vacation till the 12th...I needed to help her race day the day after my vacation....Unfortunately, no spots rolled down for me her.  Again, I had a wonderful time cheering her on - she worked hard and it paid off!

Pretty sunset to end the day!


  1. Hahaha, you are hysterical! Seriously, I am SO happy and grateful that you ALL made the trip up and I got to see you twice on the course and at the finish! I had such a great day out there and I'm so happy I got to share it with you, your family, and Christine. :o)

    I'm also glad you had more faith in me than I did!

  2. hahaha... "i.e. poop." Congrats to Yasi!! So nice of you to be able to go up and cheer her on (and great spectator location!)

  3. AMAZING!!!! Sometimes spectating is a lot more fun than racing. :)


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