Lou's friend had taped this poster to our door during the night. All his training buddies had signed it.
My husband competed in an Ironman distance triathlon. Very stressful worrying about him when you dont know where they are on course. The live tracking system wasnt working.
It was freezing. I had lots of clothes on and I was good except my toes. They hurt so bad by the time I went back to the car. He swam the 2.4 miles in 1 hour and 13 minutes.
He got out of the water, then people called Strippers, pull you out of your wet suit. Then you run to the T1 (transition) site. No shoes on and on the street. I figured between being wet and cold and then running barefoot, my husband wouldnt be happy. He always wears shoes, even in the house.
Look how happy the guy is behind Lou. Hes having a great time. LOL
These were some of the bikes, I couldnt get them all in.
Then it took him about 10 minutes or so to change clothes and he came out on the bike.
Off he went. For 112 miles. I figured it would take him about 6 hours to do the 112 miles. I tried to go further down the bile route to see if I could see him and get some pictures. But I never saw him. I did see a guy take a bad spill off the bike. He asked me if Igot a picture. I told him no. I didnt tell him I was just looking for my husband. But that stressed me out, seeing that guy fall, so I went back to the hotel.
Then around 2:15 his friend texted me that she thought he would be starting the run soon. So I went out behind the hotel for the run. I waited 2 hours and I never saw him. I was getting nervous. I knew if something really bad happened, they would call me. But if his bike broke or he had flats, that would slow him down. And you could just stop at a medical tent if you were having trouble and they wouldnt call you for that. Ack. I walked the run route to the convention center where the bike route ended. I never saw him. I waited and watched bikers come in for a while. Then went inside to see if I could find out if his bike was dropped off. But it was packed with people waiting to pick up bikes so I couldnt fine out if he had dropped the bike yet. I walked back to the hotel, got the buddy pass that allowed me to pick up his bike and two bags of clothes. Then I got a text that someone saw him at mile 1 of the 26 mile run. Walked back to the convention center and waited in line for the bike. Then to the next line for the bags. Then I went back to the run route and waited for a while because they come back that way after mile 13 but it would be a while, so I took the bike and stuff back to the hotel. Waited some more, then his friend texted me he was on his way back pass the hotel. So I went outside and waited.
I took these pictures while waiting. I finally saw him. I asked him if he was ok, he said no. But he looked ok. His color was good and he was running strong. So I figured he was ok but tired.
Then waited some more, about 2 hours. Then went to the finish line. I wasnt going to miss him coming over the finish line like last time.
He did it!! 13 hours and 47 minutes.