So you wanna be a stripper?
Me too girl, me too.
Well, a wetsuit stripper anyway. I get a lot out of races and I sincerely appreciate those who get up at stupid-thirty to stand out in the heat/cold/rain to make these races happen. I always make time to thank the volunteers (and police) for being out there. The larger races couldn't happen without the hundreds of people who generously give of their time. Someone filled that cup of water you downed and then cleaned up the trash you discarded on the course. Someone stood at an intersection for hours to ensure you were able to cross safely. Someone gave up their Sunday to make sure you had a positive race experience.
I try to volunteer for the community that supports me. It can be a challenge because I'm typically racing at the bigger events that need so many volunteers. But it's something that is very important to me. Usually ending up at the smaller races, it's fun to recognize local athletes on the course. Friends but also those people you just see at every race. Sometimes it's even a relief, "Whew. Glad I'm not racing HER today; she's looking extra strong!" Admit it, you know exactly who is in your AG. (wait, is that just me?)
Last fall I was looking for an opportunity when it hit me, IMTX! Clearly, I won't be racing and I don't know anyone well enough that is racing to need my sherpa services...so with (very) little arm twisting I signed myself and friends for stripping duty.
And I may have text the wrong number with the following: "Drum, I signed us up to strip in the men's changing tent!" Oops, that was supposed to be a joke. Not Drum was probably confused and horrified. Sigh.
But yeah, we will be stripping all morning (if wetsuits are needed. It's been so hot no tellin what the water temp will be) and catching at the finish all afternoon. I'm REALLY excited about being at the finish.
After our catching duties are fulfilled we plan to spectate until the very end. Can't wait to holler my head off for these incredible athletes!
So the car is packed with sunscreen, cowbells, glow necklaces and enough Clif bars to choke a horse (and WHY would anyone want to choke a poor horse anyway?) and soon we'll be on the way to Houston!
Good luck to everyone racing IMTX!