Sorry that I have not blogged yet, but as you can imagine, I have been busy. It all starts with flying, and quite frankly, flying makes me more nervous than racing an Ironman. Once the plane left the ground, I resigned myself into the hands of God, and all proceeded without any problems. I arrived in Phoenix at 7 PM-ish, and my friends, Lisa and Aaron were waiting for me at the airport. What an incredible joy that was to finally meet them in person. Not much to do Wednesday but grab a bite to eat and head to Lisa's house for the night.
On Thursday, Lisa dropped me off at my Mom's and sister's hotel on the way in to work. She literally works right down the street from their hotel. The rent wasn't too pleased that I was knocking on the door at 7:15 AM, but puuuuleeeease... We are 1-2 hours behind here. Get up already! I managed a swim, breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the family, AND registration on top. I love getting everything done in advance.
The only thing I had to do Friday was attend the athlete meeting. The family requested that I NOT wake them up at 7:15 AM :-) but they texted me and told me they were all awake anyways. I took them to breakfast then rode to the airport with another blogger friend, Karen, to pick up Dee Dee. We all had a nice dinner together before attending the athlete meeting. I was pretty wiped out when I got home, but called up my reserves and got all my bags situated. The first half of Saturday was scheduled to be busy!
I rode back into town with Lisa and Dee Dee. Lisa and Karen had to attend the volunteer meeting. I went to the open water swim at the same time. The water was a brisk 61 degrees. Brrrrr! Face stinging cold, but after the first 4-5 minutes, it was bearable. After the swim, I checked my bike and gear bags in, then it was back to the homestead so Lisa's family could get to their soccer match on time. The rest of the day, I've been kinda lounging around doing nothing. Tonight, we are all going over to Karen's house for dinner. It should be a great pre-race get together, and I'm looking forward to it.
Everybody keeps asking me if I'm nervous, and the answer is no. Ironman is a long, long day. Plenty of time to fix things that go wrong, and I'm not starting out in a hurry. I have a time goal in mind, but if I don't make my time. Meh... Don't care. What I do care about is doing my best, and hopefully, having my best run in a long distance triathlon ever.
If you want to track me tomorrow, my bib number is 1480. I'll try to post a shorty either tomorrow or Monday and let you know how it goes!
Thanks for being such a supportive bunch. You guys know how much that means to me, and all of us...