Saturday was my day to lay low and relax before the big day. There was a couple of things that needed to be done, but relaxation was the key. I started off the morning by packing up my gear bags as they need to be dropped off at transition along with my bike.
Promptly at 10AM, we headed over to transition. As we left the hotel we were bombarded by the Madison Farmers Market. Holy cow! It was the largest farmers market we had ever seen. It circled the entire Capitol and went down some of the side streets as well. Maneuvering my bike around it all was crazy. We eventually got through it and I dropped my bike off.
I quickly found my spot on the rack and got my bike situated. It let some air out of my tires to keep them from popping in the hot sun and made sure that I was shifted into an easy gear. This is the first race where I had to pre-rack my bike the day beforehand and it was kind of weird to just leave it there. I saw lots of other Cervelo bikes out there; mainly P2s, but some P3s and even P4s as well. I was definitely the odd man out with the lack of deep dish wheels or a disc wheel though. I’m really liking what I am reading about the upcoming wheelsets from FloCycling, but that is a topic for another time.
After the bike drop off, I headed inside to drop off my transition bags. Ironman Wisconsin is unique in that the transition rooms are indoors. The gear bags go in one room and you get changed in another, so during the race you pick up your bag in one room and then move on to the next.
After that, I headed to drop off my special needs bags only to find out that they weren’t supposed to be dropped off until race morning. Rookie mistake! Oh well. Back to the hotel we went – special needs bags in hand. On the way back we stopped at Subway to grab lunch. I quickly settled into the hotel room with some college football to watch. After lunch, I got a text from Alexa when she was dropping off her bike so I headed back out to meet her again. Jennie came with me because she wanted to check out the farmers market. On the way out, I bumped into Skip, a guy I rode with during WIBA. We caught up for a bit before I found Alexa.
After chatting with Alexa, I headed off to find Jennie in the massive farmers market.
When I found her, she had already bought a bouquet of flowers. I am surprised that the flowers are all she ended up with given the fact that she had to pass by stands full of pastries
and freshly baked bread.
It all ended up being a bit overwhelming so we retired back to the hotel room again.
I actually took a bit of nap while watching football which surprised me that I was able relax. The atmosphere of the whole city was so intense that it was hard to calm down at times.
Before we knew it, it was time for dinner. We had a 4:15 dinner reservation at Francesca al Lago based on the recommendation from multiple people. 4:15 was awfully early for dinner, but considering that we would be up less than 12 hours later, it was safer to eat early than late. Jennie and I each ended up ordering the lasagna and it was delicious. Overall it was a great restaurant and we’d both recommend it. Jennie, however, is a bit biased because within 5 minutes of sitting down, they gave us a basket of fresh baked bread. And then, after the first basket was gone, they replaced it with a second one that was even fresher. Needless to say, she was very happy.
After dinner, we headed back to the hotel for the final time. It was nearing time for the kickoff of the ND/Michigan game. Jennie and I quickly suited up in your best ND cheering gear.
As the game, let’s not talk about that. haha. I turned off the TV and went to bed after the 3rd quarter with ND up 24-7 and the Michigan offense playing like crap. At midnight, I woke up and checked my phone to find that they blew it and lost in the final seconds 34-31. I was shocked to say the least. Thankfully, I fell back asleep. 4:00AM would be here in no time.
Next up, Race Morning and The Swim!