My day started off with the alarm going off at 02:50. Now I am NOT a morning person but through the training for this race I have become more and more accustom to getting up early. I slept much better than I expected. I only remember getting up once because some idiots at the hotel were having a party. My family did not need to get up till around 03:30 so I tried to be quite as I got ready for the day.
My breakfast was basically an elementary schooler’s lunch: two peanut butter (I prefer Justine’s Almond butter) and lemon curd sandwiches on SandwichThins, a banana, an apple and a water. Pretty boring but good for you breakfast.
Triston got right up in the morning and was excited to leave. I was really surprised because I thought it would have been REALLY hard to get a 16 year old up and out of a hotel room at 03:50 in the morning. I think he knew how important it was to me and he was excited to see the race.
|Cookies are yummy!!|
For this race you have to drive to the Disney Dopey or Grumpy parking lots and take a shuttle to the Ft Wilderness race sight. Disney was great at having about a dozen buses ready to go. Note: Loading a bus with Ironman triathletes reminds me loading a bus full of army troops with their rucksacks. Everyone is loaded down with too much equipment and hits everyone else as they walk down the aisle.
|It's better than raining men. Hallelujah!|
|It's electric boogie woogie woogie!! SOURCE|
The rain eventually cleared up and everyone gathered around the swim start. My stomach was doing summersaults so I took some stomach medicine. I think it was a combination of nerves and my body wondering why I took it off its normal bathroom schedule.
I was in wave 21 of 22 so I have about 1 hour to watch other waves start their swim. That would be torture for me so being the social butterfly I am I decided to talk to others.
Mathew was a great and humble guy. He is running Ironman’s to raise research money and bring awareness to his son’s struggles. I told him I would make a monetary donation to his cause (which I did) and to give him some exposure on my blog. If you want, check out his website and post a supportive comment. Please let him know I sent you.
About 15 minutes before the swim I popped a GU. Fifteen minutes later I aligned up at the water’s edge to begin the swim. I was feeling great and focused. The countdown began and the gun went off…