Doing the Danskin

Whew.  Today was a blast.  I’m finally clean, fed, and cooled off, which feels really, really good. 

After helping with the TriZones tent set-up, I went down to the swim exit to watch and cheer.  This was fun, as usually I don’t get to see the first people come out of the water.  I watched until quite a few of my girls had come out and then decided I would treat myself to seeing the front runners come up the hill on the run.  So I bunnied on over, grabbing my cowbell and water along the way.

I positioned myself about 3/4 of the way down the hill–just far enough down that it’s started to turn into a hard hill, and just far enough from the top that there’s a fairly daunting amount left.  I’d told my athletes that they’d hear me before they saw me, so I whooped and rang my cowbell and generally was goofy and loud.  And then whenever I saw somebody I knew, I jumped in and ran up to just before the turn (or until the next cheerer– Rita, from TriZones–depending on how I felt or if I’d had any rest or if I thought a bunch of people were coming and I’d miss somebody who needed a run buddy).  It was a blast to turn around and then head back down and cheer at the same time.  Ah, soooo much fun!  The time flew by and I got to see everybody, including my IM friends Malinda and Robin.  I ran all the way up with Courtenay and then hit the tent for post-pictures and cheering and hugging.  It was excellent.

I feel a nap coming on.

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

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  1. It was so sweet seeing you both at swim exit and on that mother of a hill! I knew you were going to be on the hill and I was so looking forward to seeing you. I used that as my motivational carrot and there you were!! Thank you for running me along and giving me the boost I needed to finish strong! Now we need to get you out there so we can return the favor!

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