OK. We are now 15 hours from the start (Friday at 10AM PST). Full coverage available at ironmanlive.com. I am race number 810 and Julie is 1108.
The weather has done another about face and the forecast for race day looks good but potentially sunny and quite warm. At this point I am expecting anything. We are all checked in and now only have to avoid getting clipped by a car in town. In the spirit of full disclosure I have prepared a complete list of things that could go wrong or reasons I might not perform particularly well. Just to have them out there. (These do not apply to Julie.)
I rolled my left ankle four weeks ago and the tendons on the outside are still sore. I have had a minor but chronic nagging hip flexor. Tapering for two weeks is new to me and if I were a betting man I would conclude that I am rapidly losing fitness and getting heavier (I am told the rest is essential). My bike nutrition in training was a pair of Boca brand veggie burgers with ketchup and chips. No Boca burgers here so I am trying veggie dogs, they might make me horribly sick. My running shoes are slightly worn. I have never changed a tubular tire. I have never actually biked the full 112 miles. There is much less ozone here, I may be burnt to a crisp. I could get hit by a golf ball (see previous post). I may have checked my run stuff into my bike bag and vice versa. I may oversleep. I may develop a sudden allergy to Gu.
I feel much better now.
Next report will be post-event!