What an exciting day today for this Ironman rookie. Went out to packet pick-up and also the race expo and got everything done I needed to do as far as race heck-in and paperwork. Much more detailed than any marathon or ultra that I have done. Very well organized and lots of wonderful volunteers to help and answer questions. Also went to a pre-race meeting. Lots of details to learn and pay attention to. The what's and how's are a little overwhelming. I have to start somewhere and start with confidence and energy!
Tonight we went out to dinner with friends that are helping me put together the FCA Iron Prayer meeting tomorrow afternoon. We got some great planning done and I think it will be a great pre-race get together.
Bike check-in is tomorrow afternoon and so I will get my bike all set up and in the racks. Race number is 160. Also, tomorrow will get my numbers on everything and be ready to put transition things together tomorrow night and take them to the transition areas on Sunday morning. I am in group 4 which means I will start the swim around 6:38AM.
Going to get a good night's sleep tonight and then take a short spin in the morning and a short run. Hydrating and fueling and doing prety well with it. Very hot here today so need to make more progress on the hydrating part tonight and tomorrow. Temps are going to be a factor on Sunday. Glad that I have been running and riding in the heat of the days the past few weeks. Hope it helps.
As the start draws closer my energy level is increasing as well as the pre-race butterflies. Gotta have em' but wow, they are really something!
Forward we go! May your roads, trail, lakes, and pools be happy and safe and may they bring you peace of mind!