Someone said as we shook hands
She was just Miss Jones to me....
Who, me? Why yes, yes, I have met her :-). While I have focused on the hubster's accomplishments over this past weekend (as I darn well SHOULD have!) I have neglected to mention the highlight of my weekend! (Not quite as exciting as finishing an Ironman. But still pretty cool).
I met Miss (well Mrs.) Jones!! Yup. Michellie Jones, uber triathlete, winner of the Ironman World Championships in 2006, Olympic silver medalist, fellow pink triathlon chick and on and on. SUH-WEET!! Now, I'm not too much for hero worship, but when I started out in this sport back in 2005-2006-, Michellie Jones was where is was at. (Yes, there was a pre-Chrissie Wellington, I promise).
This pro all star sorta wowed me from the get go because she was super fast, a multi- distance guru, she wore pink (clearly, this was important to me, lol) and she seemed like a genuine nice person.
Well, she is! As I dropped off the hubster at the athlete dinner last Friday, I ran to the store to pick up a few last minute things for his race day. Half hour later-I get a text: Mrs. Jones is here. At first, I had no clue, but then remembered that my tri idol does race day coverage for Ironman live. Awesomesauce. I got really jealous, but then decided to sneak into the dinner after they finished serving (hey, I wasn't gonna steal athlete food!) to catch a glimpse. No such luck. I got into the mas of about 2000 athletes, watched Mike Reilly do his cool presentation, watched Matt Long give an Ironman pep talk, and all that jazz. Pre-athlete meeting, the VIPs left, and then I saw this tall woman with blonde hair walk by...was it?? I stood there, kinda star struck and the hubster made this "Well, there ya go!" gesture. Super. cool.
|Me and Michellie!|
I stood watching like a freakin 6 year old, as she walked outside the tent and stood talking to some very lucky people. The hubster nudges me and goes, why don't you go ask her for a picture? No....and I got shy :-) After a few minutes of being stupid, I went over and sorta stammered (all cool like). "Ummm....hi. You're basically my triathlon idol, can I get a picture?" And she smiles and was like, Of course!! and says, oh by the way, I love your necklace! (And like a 4th grader, I'm now never taking it off).
YAY! Of course, I look like a total idiot in the picture, and I think she must be about 6'2", as I came up to her shoulders. lol.
Still, pretty epic. So yeah, I met Miss Jones :-) And it made my weekend!!
But I guess that's old news. It's almost the new weekend!! YAY! I've got a 90 mile ride on Saturday and a long run on Sunday as we approach 9 WEEKS left until my Ironman!! And then, between those two, serving up a picnic at the casa for about 30 people to celebrate Mama TFB and Dad G.'s big 6-0 celebration. Good times ahead. Stay tuned for pics of the summer picnic big birthday bash, along with a few new BBQ recipes and tips for hosting and feeding a crowd! Happy Friday, lovelies :-)