I've been racing so long it's no surprise that over the years my support crew has changed. My original group of "Tri-Friends" and training partners have had kids so it's not easy for them to get to races anymore. Family has gotten older and a little less willing to drive crazy distances to cheer me on. That and I race so darn much these days, well, it's hard to keep up. That being said, we've had friends and family come out for our big events or races that might be close to home. When I did my first Ironman in 2006, my entire family and G's entire family made the trip out to Lake Placid to cheer us on. Not only that, several of our friends also made the drive to cheer us on. It really was one of the best days of my life, other than my wedding day. Last year our families came out to Belwood to cheer G and I on at a sprint race because it was close to my parent's home and we all went over for a BBQ after. My folks got to see me on the podium so they were pretty proud.
|The entire Kennedy / Rodrigues Fam Jam at Lake Placid 2006|
|Most of the Original Tri Gang, 2007|
|Jordan & Heather, part of the new Tri Gang|
|The triathletes from my run group.|
And of course, there is G. I cannot even being to tell you how lucky I am to have a partner that shares the same passion I do. He is at almost every single running race I do and he's always at every tri because he's usually racing. Yup, I count my blessings every. single. day. Do I miss him when he's not there? Of course. Those are the days that I just have to dig a little deeper to get to the finish line and I'm ok with that.
|G and I on our cycling vacation in Lake Placid last year. Yes, we're wearing matching caps from our favourite race series.|
Who do you owe a big THANK YOU to for their support?