not in chronological order

so a few weeks ago i had the distinct pleasure to go to lake placid to watch and support my dear friend and training partner jas in his amazing feat of completing his first ironman. here are some of the pictures from that amazing weekend. we (me, suzanne, jaye and fiona) volunteered the day before the race in the bag check area and were able to meet thousands of athletes. that was such an incredible experience, like nothing i’ve ever done before. the following day was an early wake up call and then a day of following jas, figuring out timing, making sure we were fed and rested, meeting loads of people along the way, and watching his incredible journey through the course.

the weather was tricky that day – swimmers were pulled from the water due to an insane thunderstorm, then it cleared up to a gorgeous day that ended in a cool evening. watching the determination and perseverance of the athletes that day was inspiring and touching.

jas had a tremendous day. he was happy and healthy throughout his race. he finished and i was able to spend time with him in the finisher area, where he was chatty and happy. i couldn’t have prayed for a better day for him.

on our way to volunteer
on our way to volunteer
breakfast the day before with the ironman
breakfast the day before with the ironman
yum
yum
flowers at breakfast
flowers at breakfast
what a great place! the green goddess market. it has an awesome cafe inside with all sorts of vegan options. i wanted to move in.
what a great place! the green goddess market. it has an awesome cafe inside with all sorts of vegan options. i wanted to move in.
the oval
the oval
the sheps!
the sheps!
the oval. breathtaking as you approach
the oval. breathtaking as you approach
so many bags
so many bags
this was my volunteer spot
this was my volunteer spot
whoa. look at all those bags
whoa. look at all those bags
the bags
the bags
the ironman, resting, legs up the day before
the ironman, resting, legs up the day before
one of my favorites!
one of my favorites!
lunch
lunch
the most delicious meal, black bean soup and an amazing smoothie from the good bite
the most delicious meal, black bean soup and an amazing smoothie from the good bite
the oval
the oval
what an incredible view
what an incredible view
look at ALL THOSE BIKES
look at ALL THOSE BIKES
the transition area
the transition area
we're on the shuttle! (and it's 5:00!)
we’re on the shuttle! (and it’s 5:00!)
the finishing shoot…before the race
the finishing shoot…before the race
the oval
the oval
the swim start
the swim start
the beginning, the middle and the end of the swim
the beginning, the middle and the end of the swim
the swim
the swim
gorgeous mirror lake
gorgeous mirror lake
gorgeous mirror lake
gorgeous mirror lake
the pros have started
the pros have started
swim start!
swim start!
the swim
the swim
so many people
so many people
beautiful start
beautiful start
the rain
the rain
taking a little catnap during the storm
taking a little catnap during the storm
all the special needs bags for the bike
all the special needs bags for the bike
this dude had a beer and a sandwich in his special needs bag. interesting.
this dude had a beer and a sandwich in his special needs bag. interesting.
lunchtime! supporters need to eat too!
lunchtime! supporters need to eat too!
should i be happy?
should i be happy?
i'm so happy
i’m so happy
look it's sunshine!
look it’s sunshine!
starting the run.
starting the run.
yup.
yup.

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here he comes up this hill
here he comes up this hill
here he comes
here he comes
up the hill
up the hill
the finish
the finish
the finish
the finish
all the "catchers"
all the “catchers”
happiness is being done!
happiness is being done!
happiness!!
happiness!!
so happy
so happy
let me talk!!
let me talk!!
can i eat?
can i eat?
please stop taking pictures
please stop taking pictures
the day after! looking strong and happy.
the day after! looking strong and happy.
they gave him a fancy seat cover
they gave him a fancy seat cover

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