Monday, August 2, 2010

What to wear, what to wear....

Ironman Wisconsin is 6 weeks away - Yikes!!!  Where has the time gone?!  It feels like just yesterday that I became an "Ironman widow".  Is it possible that it's actually been more like 7 months?

As Kevin is training harder than ever, some of the responsibility of Team Trapp is now on my shoulders and 2 items that have topped the list are:

1 - A proper send-off party - If anyone has any great activities to incorporate into the day, please send them my way.  So far I've thought about a "sign making" area, where people who are unable to attend the race can make up signs that we can take with us to lift his spirits along the course.  And I thought I would buy a matte that everyone can sign and then we can include a pic from the event, for posterity (similar to our wedding pic :-)).  AND of course, I recently purchased an Ironman cookie-cutter at the Racine Half Ironman, so depending on how many kids will be there, I was thinking of having MDOT shaped treats for the kids to decorate! 

2 - What should our t-shirts say for the race day!!  They need to be bright, so he can pick us out of the crowd and they also need to lift his spirits and get him re-energized for the miles ahead!

And he and I have searched online, we've come across some great options... some hysterical, yet would NOT be appropriate for my 2 little guys and I to wear ;-) and others would "do" but are not screaming "Amy" - which is one of the prerequisites I look for when buying shoes or any fun accessories! 

For those of you who are interested in checking some out for curiosities sake, OR are also in the market for some race day shirts, here are a few places that might be helpful!

Cafepress - triathlon supporter - funny forum comments - just one of their examples

After we searched online, we started throwing out mottos and saying that we could relate to with the thought that I could make the shirts. Not only would that save some money, but we could make some for ALL of our family who are coming out to support him!  Go "Team Trapp"!!!

I'm hoping everyone "out there" can give us your thoughts and vote for what you feel would be the best. 

Now, keep in mind that although I do consider myself fun and certainly can appreciate off-color humor (T-shirt Hell is a place my husband has spent considerable time and shares often), that I tend to refrain from wearing such "sayings" on my clothing. 

Here are what we've come up with, let us know what you think!

1.  "Suck it up Buttercup" (front)
     "Team Trapp" (back)

2. "Pass the weak
      Hurdle the dead" (front)
     "Team Trapp" (back)

3.  For kids
     "Future Triathlete" with pic of trike (front)
     "Team Trapp" (back)

4.  For Kids
    "Eat my daddy's dust" with pic of running shoes (front)
    "Team Trapp" (back)

5.  "It's just a hill, get over it" (front)
     "Team Trapp" (back)

Even though the time I get to spend with my hubby for the next 4 weeks will be small moments between laps on his bike or the thirty minutes in between his evening swim class and his falling into bed, exhausted, at 9pm;  The boys and I are so excited about his upcoming race and can't wait to support him as he prepares to become an Ironman Finisher!


  1. I love the "Eat my daddy's dust", that is awesome!!!

  2. Thanks! I think my little guys would look cute with that one too - a cute pair of running shoes or something on the front. I appreciate your time and suggestion!

  3. Number 5 sounds so much like something Sue would say. Is that good or bad; I can't answer that. ;)

  4. I love "future triathlete" so cute!!

  5. Scott - maybe we should have a shirt that reads "'ll live!" ;-) Thanks for reading and sharing your comment.

  6. ahd - I really appreciate your vote and I look forward to following your tweets on twitter and hearing more about YOUR training!

  7. daferk - Thanks for your support and time posting on the tri-supporter blog.

  8. Thanks Mark! If you have any followers in Madison, let me know, maybe we can add them to the tribe :-) As a 2006 Ironman Wisconsin finisher, do you have any suggestions for Kevin (or me)?