Well, it's the night before the big day and I'm typing this as I eat an entirely over-salted yet bland dinner at the Early Bird time of 5:00 PM.
|Dig Me Beach|
I've been in Kona since Monday evening, staying with my family in a big ole house with a beautiful pool and a view of the ocean. This week has flown by and while I'm more than ready to just get the show on the road, in a way, I'm going to be sad that the pre-race festivities are over. I've grown to love my early morning swims in the ocean (practice swims that often feel more like snorkeling adventures than workouts), wandering around the town that is packed to the brim with triathletes, collecting free swag from all the industry reps, spotting, and in sometimes almost running into, the pros I've read all about. (No texting while walking in Kona, you just must narrowly miss a head-on collision with Chris McCormack). It's humid, it's hot, it's windy, it's beautiful. I'm just so happy to be here. Happier even more that I'm able to experience it with my family and some good friends.
|So happy to have so much family here, including my grandma|
|Where the road ends after Hawi|
|Applejack the Magical Bike (new name)|
|Bikes all racked and ready|
And with that, I am off to triple check my gear bags and hit the hay early. Tomorrow is a big day!
|Parade of Nations- Brazil had the most spirit|
|My name on the banner of participants|
|Scoping the bike course- Queen K|
|With Erin, Taylor, Todd|
|Getting ready to check in|