This was my first time volunteering for a triathlon, and it was a blast.  I was directing traffic for the “bike out” and was lucky enough to hear the line of the day.

A guy, and what looked to be his daughter, came walking by the bike transition with like 40 minutes until race time while Jim and I were busy getting instructions.  They were stopped and literally standing next to the bike mechanic when his daughter says, “Do you think we should put some air in our tires?”  And without missing a beat, the guy sympathetically responds, “Sorry honey, we don’t have enough time.”jim flagcaption

My job was basically to stand there and tell people, “Turn right, and watch out for bikes coming up on your left.”  I think I said this at least 300 times and it never got old!

It was a two loop bike course and I watched awkward bike mounts in front while racers whizzed by behind my back for about two hours.  But while the anonymous gentleman had the line of the day, my thought of the day was, “People who live in the area versus triathletes trying to have a little fun.”

Somehow, a few cars slipped through onto the bike course and we’d have to politely walk over to their window and ask, “What the fuck is going on with your brain?  Can’t you see you’re right in the middle of a bike race?”

Well, we didn’t really say that, but it’s a bit perplexing to see someone driving into a garden of orange cones with dozens of bikes blasting directly at their windshield.  Like always, I tried to put myself in their shoes.  How would I have handled it before I was in triathlon?  I kept coming up with the same answer.  I would have respected the course.

One guy literally just stopped in the road where second loop bikers were merging with T1 virgins.  One of the Team Magic bosses patiently listened while spectators warned racers to “watch out for the car in the road.”  I would have given anything to hear the conversation she had with that guy.  Eventually he backed up out of the way, but it took about 15 minutes.  Seriously, are you that bitter or anxious to get back to your trailer park?

Oh well.  I guess triathlon is something most people will never understand, and oddly, that gives me great comfort.

Volunteering for Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon



5 thoughts on “Volunteering for Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon

  • May 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Volunteering gives you a great respect for the mechanics that go on behind the scenes doesn’t it. I volunteered last year and learned allot from the experience. I will volunteer for at least one event this year.

    • May 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      It’s unreal! I don’t think most people understand… I’m just happy people actually put them on. Ha… don’t complain to the umpires… and don’t complain at triathlons 🙂

  • May 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I saw you when I was setting up transition, but then never got a chance to come over and introduce myself. I hope my mount wasn’t too awkward. In a sprint I don’t really take time to clip in first, so I hop on and hope I don’t fall!! You and Jim did a great job!

  • May 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I volunteered last year at Cedars and also at the Du Run Run this year. It’s definitely a different perspective from when you’re racing. I couldn’t believe how many people got mad at ME because I was enforcing the rules, but it was still a lot of fun. If you race, you should volunteer at least once a season. Without volunteers, these races couldn’t happen!

    • May 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      I heard you were being mean! ha… yes, it really does help you appreciate the race organizers….it’s an amazing feat to put on a triathlon and most of us are just playing in the sandbox when all’s said and done.

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