Awesome time volunteering at packet pick-up on Friday morning! Very busy morning and time flew by with mostly positive feedback, but certainly a few athletes not happy about waiting in lines. Learned a new appreciation for the volunteers working big events like age group nationals, ironman, etc. And also learned that the later you arrive the less of a line you have to wait in! Everyone gets there right when it opens!
It was most rewarding when athletes thanked us for volunteering and even more so the ones that noticed I was racing as well (typically suprised I was out there volunteering). This sport is often perceived as a selfish sport, however I encourage everyone to consider making time to volunteer and compete! It really is rewarding and actually helped me focus on others instead of stressing over my race the next day.