You know how insanely proud of IronHubs I was, so I felt like he deserved his own post, but do you know who raced the Silverman Half-Distance last weekend?? Not only Ron (who kicked a$$ and PR’d), but MACCA! Yes, two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack! I was lucky enough to catch sight of him a few times during the race and snap some pics.
Okay, I know this is not my finest performance as a photographer, but I honestly didn’t see him coming until he was right there in front of me. IronHubs was already out on the bike course (the Half-Distance swim started an hour and a half after the Full-Distance), so I was more “people watching” than paying any real attention to the athletes. When I saw him coming up the ramp out of T1, though, I scrambled to get a pic in time. Please note, my camera is NOT zoomed for this one, he was that close!
Funny story – IronHubs actually saw Macca on the bike course (presumably while Macca was flying past him), and IronHubs’ first snarky thought upon seeing the Macca kit and bike was, “Dude, you’re such a Macca wannabe,” never thinking for an instant that it was the man himself! We had a good laugh over how funny it would have been if he’d said that out loud.
Needless to say, he won the race. And had a huge smile on his face and was giving high-fives all down the finishing chute. He seriously looked like he wasn’t even breaking a sweat, but he was only 4 seconds off of setting a course record. Wow!