Sunday, September 9, 2007

IM Madison

After my initial visit two years ago to watch Larry complete his first IM at Madison (and he's now on his third with Florida this Novemeber! Time flies!), I returned this weekend to hang with friends and cheer on some fellow bloggers. The weekend started with lunch with The Big Cheese and The Clyde, which proved to me a side-splitting hour or pizza eating and personal jabs. Funny dudes - I recommended meeting them.

We arrived on Saturday, and after a quick shower and dinner, The Big Cheese, I, and the Clyde met up with Cindy Joe and Moonpie for drinks.







Oh, but the fun was just beginning at this point. We then proceeded to another bar, a German bar where the waitress wore these funny little German outfits. Is that politically correct? Well, they did, and I am only sad I didn't have my druthers about me to take a picture of that. The group (minus me, I was designated driver!) ordered this huge ass mug that they took turns drinking out of. It was the equivalent of about a million beers, and they finished the whole thing, so needless to say, the evening ended up being very interesting....






This is secretly my favorite picture...Where did Cindy Jo go?

Then off to the race! Due to the debauchery of the night before, we woke up too late to see the swim (which, by the way, if my FAVORITE part of the whole day - damn) but we made it to Verona, where we saw most of the Race Athlete team, including Wil - way to go!

The boys did their part cheering on unsuspecting competitors, cheering only for people with pink bikes/apparel, arm/head sweatbands, or any neon colored shirt. The initially tried cheering for everyone, but as the voices gave way, their cheers got more narrowed.

Oh, and the Clyde brought his cow bell. Needless to say, we attracted some minor attention on the road.

And the day is rounded off by a picture in from of the capital building. We saw most of the pros come in, but has to take off back to Chicago before we saw anyone else. As I write this, I am watching the live feed on IronmanLive to watch everyone file in.

I have a ton of thoughts about IM right now, including my own future and IM Arizona, which looms on the horizon. I am going to save that for the next post, because this one is for the weekend, the finishers and the race itself. Congrats to all who did it today!!!

10 comments:

Lance Notstrong said...

That is one GIANT mug of beer!!!

Anonymous said...

If i stray from aa again, I know where to find the right-sized beer (among other things).

Brent Buckner said...

I think I remember that cowbell station.
(More cowbell!)

momo said...

too cool that you were able to be there and cheer everyone on. there is nothing like spectating an im. its almost as awesome as participating - but you're going to find that out for yourself real soon, aren't you girlfriend??

i can't wait to be able to cheer YOU on!

The Clyde said...

Don't believe the hype everyone, Cheese and I had scripted all of our conversations before hand so we'd seem funny.


(on a side note, very nice to meet you as well, I got in yesterday, IMWI 2008 here I come)

Anonymous said...

That guy in the blue adidas shirt has a great set of tits.

The Big Cheese said...

HAAAA!

Bigun said...

what mug of beer?

moonpie said...

It was great to meet you and hang out Megan...sorry you couldn't partake of the massive mug o' beer! That thing was DAMN heavy. I have a confession to make...I only took a hit off of it once every two times it came my way ;) Sshhh...don't tell The Clyde or Big Cheese :P

Hopefully we weren't too obnoxious but I have a feeling we were :)

Cindy Jo said...

Well I think I drank all of my share AND Moonpie's (wuss). YOu guys were every bit as fun and cool as I thought you would be. Maybe we should all plan a "training camp" (wink) in Vegas...