|The main drag. Bike course and run course go here.|
|Part of the group, and Ken, getting ready for a practice swim|
|Ken sharing bike course knowledge with one of group members, who is an MIT professor and member of Team Parlee with me, WattsUpKarin, and pretty much half of Well-Fit|
|Getting set up|
Add that he's still super fast but drinks Orange Fanta and eats ice cream without hesitation just days before the race, and it makes me realize that really, you don't have to be super-extra-amazingly-regimented and monitor every vitamin and mineral and calorie to enter your body to be a total rock star. Good to know.
So I've been playing along with the Ironman party. I went to the hot springs outside of town with our group and we ate pasta and drank beer (only one!) while lounging in the river. I got through registration today and just being in line didn't make me want to cry like it did in Madison (although like in Madison, I very, very, very adamantly told the lady weighing us in that I didn't want to know, even in kilograms.) I met up with Friendly Kiwi Triathlete Jo and had a lovely chat and soy flat white coffee. I even almost went to the pre-race Carbo Loading Dinner/ Party, until a certain nameless fun-killer answered an email in which I mentioned that I was considering attending with a simple one word response: "GERMS." So it's chicken and rice for me alone in my room tonight. Sad.
Now, back to sorting all of my worldly triathlon goods into four different bags to be dropped off tomorrow, along with a little more effort at trying to get my feeble brain to figure out how to deal, clothes-wise, with a day that will start with temperatures in the high 40s and end up in the 80s. Can't wait (for real)!
|This is Didymo Dave, who is passionate about keeping didymo out of Lake Taupo and also triathlon|
|This is not a nice sign for the bike course|
|Triathlon statue at the bike turn around in Reporoa|