One more sleep until go time. I am ready, more than ready. We checked the bikes in after a swim, bike and run to shake the cobwebs. Packed the gear backs, got our nutrition together and then took a nap. Now with dinner digesting, we are almost ready to go back to bed, as the 4:30am wake up call will come before we know it.
I am so glad we had the chance to swim in the Ohio the past couple of days. I was pretty paranoid about it, but it was fine. The water is really murky though, and you can't even see your own limbs, nevermind the people around you. It is very warm, like bath water warm, which I don't mind at all. The transition from swim to bike will be a long one- it isn't because I am having a nap- there is a 200m run up an incline from the finish, and then over a small bridge and another 300ish meters to the bags and tent. Then another run to my bike and out. I am really looking forward to the bike course, it is beautiful and rolling. My goal is to eat and drink consistently, and to stay relaxed. The run course is also beautiful, we biked it today. But it is going to be hot. Not just hot but STINKING HOT. The forecast for tomorrow is 34...that feels like 40+. Holy Hell.
My goal is to stay as cool as I can, and use the lure of the ice at the aide stations to get me from mile to mile. I have never raced in this kind of heat/humidity, so I really don't know what to expect, but I am prepared to deal with whatever I need to out there.
My goal for the day is to choose to be positive, grateful and present, to give 100% from start to finish, and to enjoy myself. I have time goals, but given the weather wild card I am keeping a wide window. First and foremost, I want to improve on my performance from last year, so anything under 12hrs would be good. Of course, the further under the better :-)
I will miss having my family there this year, it was so great having my parents cheering me on the last couple of IMs. But D and I will be cheering each other on, and I know that there will be lots of positive vibes coming our way from friends and family back home :-)
Lastly, a shout out to Kevin and Rachel from Seattle, who we met at the carbo dinner, and who apparently know us from our blogs! How cool is that??