Early Sunday Morning
My race doesn’t go off until almost 11 so I have some time. No big time blogging party fun for me last night. Long story short – this is a big place and getting to the party proved to be more difficult than I thought. I was almost there but there was yet another hill to climb and more searching to do and I gave up. I was tired from all the running around I did yesterday and I have a race today! I will look for people at the swim start and hope I find them.
I’m off to the races!! Nervous but excited. My next update will include a broadbrush picture of my race and my best guess at my time.
Late Saturday Update –
I think Roman was mistaken about Suster Madonna Buder. I will post the pic and you be the judge. I don’t think it was her but it was a remarkably attractive woman who got to go out in the over 60 group. I did, however, see The Bachelor run by. Sadly I didn’t have my camera out.
Conditions today were tough. I won’t steal anyone’s race thunder but there were some really good performances in spite of the considerable wind. I saw Jeff finish but he doesn’t know that yet as I wasn’t able to chase him down after he came in and I wasn’t at my campsite when he came by to say good bye.
I’m nervous again. The water is supposed to be choppy and there is a current. I have not had the opportunity to test the wetsuit so I’ll be jumping in and winging it which is pretty typical for me so I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
I’ve met all of the members of team raceAthlete as well as Irongirl. I’m really pooped because the logistics of getting around here are difficult. I am going to try to go to the other camp some of the people are in and see if I can finally meet everyone.
Saturday update –
I found Bold, Triboomer, Greyhound. Roman, Kahuna, TriMama and it seems like a few more in the starting area today and said hello. (pardon the lack of links – I’m on battery) I gave Triboomer a few hugs from Shelly and he was happy to have them.
I also saw Sister Madonna Buder. I told her she was a huge inspiration to me and she was just as gracious and lovely as you can imagine. I will provide photographic proof when I get back.
The guys are probably in on the bike now. I’m about to head out and cheer them on for the run.
Word on the street is that the water is very choppy and the current is running strong. Now there’s something to look forward to! I’m hoping to testdrive the wetsuit this afternoon.
Stay tuned for more updates!!
I’m Here! I got here last night. So far I have connected with Jeff but this place is huge and cell coverage is spotty. I also found Neoiprenewedgie who had the scoop on where some other folks are but so far I have not found them.
It is beautiful here and the atmosphere is very energized. The Long Course people are all getting prepared. I’m going to head down to the T1 area soon and hunt for tri-bloggers.