THE IRONMAN! Living with PASSION.

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho SP37235

I spent 15 hours at the  FORD IRONMAN COEUR D'ALENE TRIATHLON on Sunday.  (As a spectator...my son was a FINISHER and is now an IRONMAN!).  The human spirit is alive & well!  I am in complete awe.  From the moment I arrived at the beach to watch the the swim portion of the event (2.4 miles) until the end of the triathlon I was fighting back tears of pure emotion.

IRONMAN SWIM

The spectacle of seeing 3,500 participants waiting on the Lake Coeur d'Alene beach to begin the torturous swim in 56 degree water is almost indescribable.   These are people like you and me who have taken on the task to become bigger than life.  They have decided to do something that is almost impossible.  To watch them succeed gives me goose bumps even as I write this...2.4 MILE SWIM - 112 MILE BIKE - 26.2 MILE RUN...Are you serious?  ...But it is not just about the participants.

 

Crossing the finish

There were 6,500 volunteers helping to make the event a world-class affair.  From kayakers and scuba divers in the water watching every swimmer as they struggled through the icy water to the thousands of aid station helpers and transition team assistants along the bike and running courses... this was truly a massive team effort.  When you experience the "super-human" effort it takes to complete an event like this, you just want to be a part of it in some way.  Somehow you want the "mojo" of these participants to rub off on you.

Let us not forget the spectators.  Tens of thousands of people turned out to be a part of this.  Fans screaming and ringing cowbells all along the course, urging the participants on as they fought against all odds to complete the ordeal.  I could not have asked for a more inspiring day.

Why do I live in North Idaho?  You cannot find a more active, inspired, motivated and caring people than I have found here.  Life in North Idaho...life in Sandpoint...total participation.  You just feel more alive here.

Prices have not dropped here like they have in the rest of the country.  ...and why should they?  Whatever the price, to live here is worth it.  I am inspired.  Thank you to everyone involved in this great event and a BIG THANK YOU to my son who trained and trained and trained and FINISHED this monster race.  Like the announcer broadcast at the finish line, "BRIGGS ANDERSON, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!"

PROUD FAMILY AFTER THE RACEBRIGGS & PENNY

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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
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Hello Kent, wow, wow and wow. Janna Rankin Scharf posted about this with some pictures, I was amazed. Your son is a true ironman, wow. Amazing. I can't imagine what they went through. Too cool, and I bet you are one proud dad!

Jun 24, 2009 12:36 PM #1
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
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Thanks Andrea. I'm a lucky guy in many ways and very thankful. ...and thanks for checking in.
Jun 24, 2009 04:19 PM #2
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Mary Douglas
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Congratulations to you and especially Briggs! Awesome Awesome! I can't even begin to imagine what it would take to do this.  Great post, Kent!

Jun 26, 2009 02:42 PM #3
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
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Thanks, Mary! I'm still a little freaked.
Jun 26, 2009 03:45 PM #4
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
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GOOD MORNING KENT!  Being from Hawaii - I have been to the Ironman over there - it is just as you describe here -- the awe of the participants, the volunteers and the spectators.  You've done well describing the "un-describable"!  What a moment though when a father can look up to their son! -- Gabrielle

Jun 28, 2009 11:43 PM #5
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
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Good Morning to you, Gabrielle!  Thanks for the comment.  I've been to the Ironman "site" in Kona myself. Didn't see the actual event, but did a portion of the run, bike & swim on the actual course.  VERY COOL! 

Jun 29, 2009 02:53 AM #6
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Brandon Del Campo
Coldwell Banker - Boulder, CO

Kent-  Awesome that your son became an Ironman finisher a few years back.  IMCDA was my first Ironman as well and eventually I turned pro for a few years!  Has your son done anymore since then?  If he needs any advice from the mecca of triathlon here in Boulder, tell him to ask away! ~ Cheers, bdc

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