COEUR D’ALENE – It was the IRONMAN tattoos on the calves of Scott Sharkey of Seattle as he stood in line at a coffee shop that caught the eye of Kansas City resident Anne Moyer.
“Saw this cute guy walk in with his shorts on and I saw his IRONMAN tattoos and I’m like, ‘Hey which one did you do?’ So he stopped and talked and told me about IRONMAN Canada and he’s like, ‘If you have any questions during all of this, let me know,’” she said. “I think about a week later I’m like, ‘You’re gonna be sorry you ever gave me your number, but I have questions.’”
The two exchanged text messages and, over time, Sharkey made trips back to Kansas City to help Moyer train. When he started leaving his bike at her house, she knew he was becoming more than a coach. When he brought his dog, it was official.
“It’s the coolest thing to be able to look over and see the person that I’m in love with and want to spend the rest of my life with riding next to me,” Sharkey said.
Even though Sharkey trained every bit as much as Moyer, he is in Coeur d’Alene strictly as her supporter. He admits, it will be hard to be on the sidelines instead of in the race on Sunday, but he has the IRONMAN Arizona to look forward to in November.