Race Schedule and Results

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

PCB and RAA

Before I get to my trip to PCB, a quick update on the guys with Run Across America. They are booking it. Right now they are in Illinois and I just got word from Tom that they are going to be in Indiana by dinner time! That's awesome - especially since that means I get to see them either tomorrow or Thursday for dinner!!! They seem to be in good spirits and excited to be moving forward to rapidly.
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Tom hit 100 miles on the 3rd - that's 7 days into his journey, but said that now they are averaging more like 25 miles a shift since their shifts run from 6am - 6pm. They are doing 1 mile intervals and covering a lot of miles! Then three guys take over and run over night. Last night they covered 70 miles in about 9 hours. They are amazing. I asked if he's sick of running and he was very quick to respond with "yep"!  I've been loving the pictures (which Tom is posting on the side of the Team Type 1 webpage if you haven't noticed). This one just cracked me up..
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At least I know that they are having fun.  It's interesting because there is so much to this journey that you don't get to hear about (and I, of course do, being the wife of the team manager!)  They make this seem like it's been an easy going, super fun journey of 10 guys, just running across the country with no worries.  Let me tell you... it's so much more than running and recovering.  They have had some serious low spots, times when they missed home, were annoyed with each other (how can you not be... you are with the same people 24/7 in close corners), have been injured both physically and mentally, wanted to quit and have questioned why they are doing this.  But they have always come together, hugged it out, and remembered the goal - to show that they, everyday people with Type 1 Diabetes, can do anything.  And they will finish strong, as a unified group, having done something that just the 10 of them (and the 3 crew members) will never forget, and never really be able to explain to us watching from afar. What a journey!!!

So, what's a girl to do when her hubby leaves for 3 weeks - go on a girls trip, of course.  To summarize my weekend:
  • I got to see one of my besties Kristin and got to meet the infamous Mandy
  •  I ended up meeting Laura, KC, John, Andy, and Wes, as well as getting to spend time with Matty-O, Heather, Frank and Sophie




 
  •  I ate a lot of peanut butter M&M's, rice krispie treats, and doritos

  •  Learned that Mellow Mushroom has the most fantastic pizza ever (and yeah, I kind of already knew that but sharing it with new people was too much fun!)
  •  We got to introduce Mandy to the Wally World of PCB... yep, they have airbrusing there!!!
  •  I made signs for the racers, many of which included "that's what she said" phrases and bought a race spectating necessity... a cooler on wheels.
  •  I made an Irondiva cup which may or may not have come in handy when cheering along the course and holding cold beverages...

  • I met some totally great glowing people from the Boca Tri Club who you would have thought we'd known our own lives
  • I saw a record get broken (hello sub8 hour US Ironman record) and witness my new friends have amazing days!
  • I laughed until I cried and smiled nonstop
  • And... I signed up for another Ironman!  
Couldn't have been a better weekend!


34 comments:

Jason said...

Looks awesome and now I have to go through my race schedule for 2012 and start recruiting bloggy/twitter/facebook buddies to join me out there so that I can laugh until it hurts too.....yes I'm jealous!

Looks like a great trip.

BTW - if that one guy Tebowing in the RAA pic for TT1?

Kristin Deaton said...

That's Tom, Jason, and I wouldn't call that Tebowing, but close.

Colleen great blog as always. Smiling till I hurt, laughing till I cried...yes it was a fabulous weekend. I can't stop smiling looking at all the photos. I'm so excited that you get to see Tom this week. That is so exciting and I am sure they are excited about their brownies!!!

Jason said...

Thanks for the clarification. I'm still getting over Jeff Irvin's pics of all the Tebowing that he had on his Rocky Racoon race report and thought the craze was sweeping through blogger land as well.

I'm still amazed at what they are doing. It really is incredible and uplifting. Proving that nothing is Impossible.

Beth said...

Oh my gosh, that looked like so much fun. Cheering for triathlons is almost more fun than racing them! So you are doing IMFL next year? So cool! I am trying to figure out what my second IM will be next year but I think FL is too late in the season to pair with CDA =( I am strongly considering Rev 3 Cedar Point!

Kim said...

i so wish i was there with you colleen! (1) yay for tom! he's so cute! (2) love the signs (3) yay for signing up for IMFL 2012!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Awesome job to Tom and the rest of the crew! What an inspirational feat on so many levels. Enjoy your visit with them.
What a weekend it was! PCB is one hell of a town. Great pizza, the best Walmart ever built, and a wonderful group of bloggers, triathletes, cheerleaders all having a great time together. It is a weekend I will never forget.
Time to begin planning for the 2012trip!

adena said...

This looks like so much fun!! I'm so jealous you got to meet Mandy.

Christi said...

What a great weekend! I am so glad that you had such a great time in PCB. It sounds like a bunch of fun.

Great job again to the guys out there running and suffering!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

What a great time I missed!!

My wife has this thing, though, about me spending time with my family since I travel so much...
Women... can live with them, can't live without them...

Laura said...

OMG I can NOT believe I was not a part of this mayhem!!! So jealous of your wonderful girl time and a great spectating experience.. oh and good job to Brady too! ha ha

They are ROCKIN!

Aimee said...

That just looks like it was sooo much fun! I loved all the pictures!!

Molly said...

wow! What a great weekend!! I love how you slipped it in at the end that you signed up for another Ironman, YAY!!

and THANK YOU for all the support this weekend!!!

: )

Caratunk Girl said...

LOVE IT! It was so much freaking fun!! I love how you said smiling till it hurt...etc - cause that is what it was!! Your pictures make me warm and fuzzy and smiley!!

Can we go back?

Oh. PS. I am stealing some of your and Kristin's pictures for my blog cause I got 1 picture all weekend...WHAT?

SO great to see you both!

Caratunk Girl said...

PS. I AM SO PSYCHED you get to see Tom soon!! :) The members of Team Type 1 are such an inspiration!

Karen said...

Too much fun! Almost like you all went away to camp for the weekend. ...and you are one of the lucky ones to get a spot at IM FL next year before it sold out - congrats!

Karen said...

Too much fun! Almost like you all went away to camp for the weekend. ...and you are one of the lucky ones to get a spot at IM FL next year before it sold out - congrats!

Karen said...

Too much fun! Almost like you all went away to camp for the weekend. ...and you are one of the lucky ones to get a spot at IM FL next year before it sold out - congrats!

Karen said...

Too much fun! Almost like you all went away to camp for the weekend. ...and you are one of the lucky ones to get a spot at IM FL next year before it sold out - congrats!

Carolina John said...

That was a blast indeed! I'm still working on my race report. It was just incredible getting to meet you!

Melissa C said...

That looks like so much fun! Yeah for signing up for another IM! I love your signs. My friend Mary was down there for her first IM!

Alisa said...

First, on Tom's journey...wow 100 miles in only 7 days that is amazing. I'm sure there are low points as there are with any journey no matter how big or little but what am amazing experience. Love the ham'ing it up photo---at least they aren't taking themselves too seriously all the time =).

Second, on PCB. I soooooo want to go there now and experience spectating an IM. Hmmmmmm, maybe I'll come watch you in 2012!?! I make great marathon spectating signs. It's going to be great, your IM journey is going to be fun to watch via blog/FB.

Matthew Smith said...

TT1 is incredible! They are really doing something amazing! I'm glad it'll be done soon, though. I bet you will be too!

That trip to PCB looked like a ton of fun! You guys must have had a blast. And, I think it's pretty awesome that you're signed up and ready to go for another Ironman! Way to go!

Meaghan said...

Sounds like SUCH an awesome weekend - I love girls weekends! And yay for signing up for IM - I heard IMFL sold out wicked fast!

LOVE following the guys progress - it must be so damn hard, but what they're doing is just awesome.

Kacie Darden said...

Awesome report! Loved it! I am totally jealous!

Wes said...

that was just loads of fun, and getting to meet all y'all was just super kewl!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Tom and the guys are freaking rocking it!

So jealous we couldn't come down and hang with you guys in PCB. Looks like everyone had such a great time!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Holy crap! Illinois already!?!? I swear I just checked and they were still in New Mexico! They are flying!

I think Tom needs to do a guest post once he gets back (and gets some sleep) with his perspective of the run.

PCB looked like a blast! Is your crew for hire to come out to IMMT and cheer? We pay in pizza, beer, and Doritos. :)

PS: Those signs are epic!

Lauren said...

Tom is such a rockstar!!

and congrats on signing up for another Ironman! holy cow.

Jennie said...

Yay that you get to see Tom tomorrow or Thursday! It's incredible that they're already in the Midwest!

Looks like you all had a great time in PCB! :)

Caroline said...

another Ironman!!! wow!
I love all these pics!!
looks like this was a lot of fun!
I need a gals weekend!!

Matty O said...

High five to sign making :) I think a lot of the better slogans missed the ink on the signs ;)

So glad to hang out with everyone down there, it was an awesome time!!!!

Tom, KEEP KICKING ASS IN THE MORNING AND TAKING NAMES IN THE EVENING!!!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I am loving following Tom and TT1 run, its amazing

I glad you had fun in Florida

I LOVE MELLOW MUSHROOM!!! My favorite Ohio pizza, though a tad pricey, there is one on Polaris, in the same plaza as Urban Active, all the way at the end

Anne-Marie said...

So awesome about TT1! You've got to be so excited to be seeing Tom soon!

The PCB/IMFL trip sounds soooo fun! The ocean is gorgeous. I'm so glad you're doing another 140.6!!

Heather-O said...

Congrats to TT1! Great pictures! I hope they get their delicious gooey brownies soon! They deserve every bit of them ;)

Had a blast with you guys in PCB. Glad we got to hang out with you again before you leave the state =( Glad you and Kristin are signed up for 2012...sad that I'm not, but such is life. There will always be another race! The state of Florida is NOT going to know what hit them when you two show up ready to kick some ass next November =)

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