Saturday's practice swim was a good indicator of how the lake would feel on race day (not bad, not TOO cold, faster going out than coming back).
Jen and Jerome Harrison on their way to swim at that point and then again when they came back from the swim. You know how some people you never manage to find in a race this big and some people you see over and over and over in a crowd of thousands? Jen was that someone for me this weekend!
Checking in my bike (nerd in line on time = first bike on the rack!)
Nourish in Scottsdale the night before the race. I know Jeff wasn't really a fan but it was a great place to get a gluten-free dinner the night before the race that fueled me up well.
I stayed up to watch the Sharks game (BIG win over Dallas - woohoo!) and then fell asleep pretty fast, while walking through my race plan (yet again) in my head. I only woke up about 30 minutes before my 4:00 alarm and dozed till 3:50, then slowly woke up while lying in bed thinking about the day ahead. After that I hopped out of bed, ate breakfast, coated my entire body in sunblock (which worked well, no sunburn at all!) and got dressed. A quick walk for the dogs and then Meredith and I were off to transition, with Jeff to join us shortly thereafter with my friend Sara. Dropped off my special needs bags (ran into Jen and Jerome Harrison on my way there), loaded my bottles on the bike, filled my tires, and I was pretty much done in transition. Time to get body marked, hit up the portapotty line one last time (and stood in line with who else but...Jen Harrison) and go hang out with the gang!
Lisa and her friends so we could chat for a bit before they let us down to the lake.
I gradually warmed up with a nice easy swim up to the start line and then just floated there...watching the crowd, everyone on the bridge above us, and the beginnings of the sunrise on the horizon, singing the national anthem, woop-wooping loudly for the "you're going to be an Ironman today!" from Mike Reilly. The bodies around me seemed to back off from the start line all of a sudden (did everyone panic about being near the front?) and it got more crowded at the same time. I knew from last time there is no countdown to the start so I had a good idea we were close when things got quiet.