For the past couple of weeks, I have had a lot of people ask me if I was nervous or excited for this race. I really wasn’t of either. The best I could explain my feeling was a feeling of complacency. I wasn’t worried. I wasn’t anxious. It was just another race on the calendar.
Well, that has all changed.
We arrived in Madison today.
And I did this.
That’s right. I’m checked in and ready to go!!!
It has totally hit me and I am PUMPED!
Today was spent mainly doing last minute packing and driving. I totally stole an
OCD awesome packing idea from Heather and packed all my gear in a plastic tote.
This tote has everything I will need on race day in it (except for my bike of course). I plan on making a checklist of everything in it to save for future races.
We made pretty good time getting to Madison. No real problems except for slow downs in you-can-smell-it-before-you-see-it Gary, IN and Chicago. I should have looked closer at the directions I had though because they took us into Madison a different way than normal. I am sure that it was probably the shorter route, but we missed out on seeing the “Welcome Ironman Wisconsin Athletes” sign. We’ll have to find before Sunday.
Registration went super smooth. I hadn’t planned on registering today because it was supposed to close at 3:00. They ended up staying open until 4:00 so I squeaked in at the last minute. I was glad to get it out of the way and not have to worry about fighting the crowds tomorrow.
After registration, we headed back to the room and got ready for a quick bike ride. I really needed to do something to stretch out my legs from being in the car all day. Just did a quick 30min out, 30min back on the course. Felt much better when I was done. I love how active this city is. There were people one bikes all over the place.
We were starving by the time I got off the bike. I showered up and we walked to The Grand Dane Pub. It was awesome! We sat outside in the beer garden. The food and beer was excellent and it was nice and relaxing way to end the day.
Time to hit the hay. I’ve got an early morning practice swim on the schedule. Hopefully I can sleep.