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.
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.
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!"