#1. Imagine the sensation of thinking you're walking around with a "kick me" sign on your back? And do you know the feeling when you realize you've been somewhere very public with your fly open? Combine those two feelings and multiply by about 100.
#2. In the moment, yes. I mean, your legs are screaming at you; the guy seems impossibly far away; sprinting is the last thing in the world you want to do. But 3rd is way better than 4th. And, generally speaking, I hate to lose to anyone so, in the word's of my old coach, "it would be BAMF if caught that guy." And I *definitely* thought about the fact that the $1500 between 3rd and 4th would make a big difference when it came to getting Jill a ring. I was reading the latest issue of "Inside Triathlon," and Craig Alexander says it best - in the late stages of an Ironman, you take inspiration from WHEREVER YOU CAN.
#3. I was the finishline from about 11pm onward, but they (the folks from WTC) only asked us to hand out medals for the last 15min. I think they sort of have a feel for how long we can add some "hype" and excitement to the crowd and volunteers (who have had LONG days) and ask us to help out when they think it's appropriate. There's no "obligation" to come back (i.e., we don't sign anything saying we will or anything); it's just sort of something that is done, and I'm glad it works that way.
#3a. I think 0% of the finishers did. But most everyone there spectating knew, which is nice. Reilly also announces it, since even though folks may have seen us finish, we are dressed in "normal" clothes. I really enjoy it. I actually like that the finishers don't know who we are, because it makes it about them. I'm not trying to extend my 15 minutes of fame or anything.
#4 (from your second post re: TJ & the tunnel). Yes, he has, but I'm not sure for how long or at what yaw angles.
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