Who is an Ironman Sherpa?
You are the one who has been patiently allowing your Ironman athlete to train. You have been keeping the family together and keeping the house clean. You are the one who will get up early to watch your athlete, cheer them on all day and then pick up the pieces at the end of the day. You are the backbone of Ironman. Without your love and support, your athlete may not make it to the start line. So for you we say THANK YOU!!!
Here is a check list for you first time Ironman Sherpa’s. Remember to stay hydrated and fuel yourself all day.
Ironman Sherpa check list
Be Patient with your athlete, they are a little stressed.
They will be the person you love the minute they cross the finish line.
Buy your chalk early, it gets sold out. The night before is the best time to do your chalk markings.
Make signs if you want for your athlete. You can go to Ironman Village to make signs for your athlete.
Get your spectator day of race kit together:
clothing for any kind of weather.
Your bell, for cheering on your athlete
Back pack or string bag to carry your snacks and water bottle
Dress warm in the morning, it is cold at 4:30 in the morning standing by the swim start.
It could rain or it can be 100 degrees, bring all kinds of clothes.
Plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner, even if your athlete is really fast, you need to eat and stay hydrated, so you are ready to cheer them on and pick up their stuff at the end of the day.
If you have kids bring snacks for them as well. Take them to the new McEuen Park to play to burn off some of their energy. If you have someone who can bring them later, let them sleep in, it is a long day and they will want to see Daddy or Mommy finish.
Download the Spector guide from the Ironman CDA web site. There is a course Map and parking map.
Try to make a parking plan earlier in the week and make a back up in case your spot is full.
Make sure your athlete knows they are to pick up their packets either Thursday or Friday, there is not pack pick up on Saturday.
Thursday is IronKids Fun Run at 5:30
Friday night from 7pm-8PM is the Athlete Welcome Ceremony and everyone is welcome. Saturday, make sure your athlete gets there bike and two transition bags check in by 3:00PM
Make sure your athlete gives you there gear check out tags and signs them. You will need that and your ID to pick up their bike and bags on Sunday. You can start picking up their stuff from 6:00PM until Midnight.
Monday Morning your athlete will want breakfast early and then need a nap and then they will want to eat again and then possible another nap.
They will also want to shop early for Ironman Finisher Clothing. Get there early for the best selection.