In this blog I just want to share some experiences that I had the chance to live and prove that dreams come true.
IronMan 70.3 Camp, Mex
This is just half of the IronMan, this event is really important for triathletes, athletes from Mexico, Germany, USA, Canada and many more countries; this competition consist in three courses (swim course, bike course and walk course).
I was volunteer two of the three days, there was two days to give the athletes all the stuff they will need for the competition, to active their chip that will register their time and for some of them to end up paying the inscription to the competition. That day I was giving all the stuff to the elite athletes and we needed to be so careful with everything, there was no line for the mistake; the elite athletes are the ones that spend every day training and they get pay doing this, because at the elites compete for the money (I'm not allow to say how much was it). The challenge here was talking to them in either English or Spanish, depending what language they knew, and we had a team of interpreters that knew French, Chinese, German and many more, just in case we need it. That day I started at 8:00 am and ended at 3:00 pm.
At the competition there was two athletes that caught everyone attention, one of them is blind and has a guide with him, that helps him trough the competition, and the other one has just one leg, is really inspiring find people that even with all the limits they might have, they never give up and keep doing what they like.
Not all heroes wear capes
The next day was probably the harder day of my life, I woke up at 4:00 am because I started at 5:00 am, it was gonna be a long day. I was at the bike course, what we were doing was filling all the bottles with water, opening Gatorade bottles, keeping all the drinks cold, preparing protein, bananas and of course making the athletes strong, with positive vibes. All the bottles were on boxes, we had to run, scream and start working as a team with people that you don't know. I had a lot of pressure because one guy from the staff told the guy at our station that anything he could need, he could tell me, because I was a hard working (I worked with him the day before), I mean it is something good but it gives you a lot of pressure. Anyways we set it up the tables and before we thought, the athletes start coming. We had to run to give them the water and we needed to hold the bottle in a certain way and then the athlete can hold it easy, we were screaming what we had in hand and supportive words. If an athlete leaves the station without what they wanted is a mistake for us. Looking at all their faces being so tired but also keep in what they were doing is awesome.
I ended that day at 8:00 pm, so tired and sunburn. I had so much fun, I got inspired by the athletes, I saw a lot of my friends and made so much contacts for any other time I could need it (that does not really matters tho) and I made new friends, some younger, some older, it does not really matter, what does matter is that we are together because we love help. I look forward to be part of the IronMan 70.3 next year, we will see.
Here are some photos with some athletes:
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