I headed to the Minneapolis convention center downtown to pick up my race packet with my friend, Paul, who also was doing the Tri. We parked ($10 for parking? really?) across the street and made our way inside and found the LTF Triathlon Expo and packet pickup, the doors were flanked with these pillars:
|OWN IT! It also reminds me of Picard, "Make It So..."|
When I got home I went and got all my stuff ready and went through my checklist. Got the shoes, got the body glide, got the baby powder, nutrition, gatorade, etc...check check check! I got all my tri gear out, got my bike ready, and I was set. I then stared at my bag and gear and mentally went thru what I had like 10 times! OCD yes!
Then I began getting all our stuff ready for our California trip! After the race we were headed down to Iowa to drop the kids off with Grandma and Grandpa, then we were flying to CA on Monday for vacation! It was definitely a win win situation. Race my first Triathlon, then relax in California!
I managed to go to by by 11 or so, and set my clock for 4:15am...and got some sleep (mostly).
Saturday: Day of race.
I got up at 4:15, showered slathered myself in body glide, dressed, and had a bagel with cream cheese and a banana. I washed it down with a cup of coffee and some water. Paul, and his daughter, Courtney, were going to pick me up at 5am, so I went to the garage and got the gear out and the bike ready. When they arrived we loaded up my bike and we drove to Lake Nokomis. Since we were early we got a great parking spot right by Fat Lorenzo's. We unloaded our bikes and loaded up our gear and biked to the transition area. People were slowly tricking in, we joined them and showed our wristbands and entered into transition to find our spots and rack our bikes and then go get marked. I was very lucky and was 2 racks from the bike out, Paul was in the middle, and our other friend, Teresa, was 5 racks down from me. After we all got marked we each setup our transition area. One big question was the weather, their were some possibility of rain, and there was a strong wind as well, so it was blessedly cool, but the USAT officials said rain was coming soon. So I left my shoes and other gear in my bag in case it rained. Once I had everything setup this is what transition looked like:
|And that wasn't with everyone there! So many people racing.|
|Before all the madness...the buoys were being blown by the wind.|
I was of course getting some jitters, but there were somewhat alleviated when they announced the water temp was 82.5. Whew! I could still wear my wetsuit! I didn't care if I wasn't able to place in my AG, b/c I knew I wasn't going to win anyway. The wetsuit would give me some confidence that I at least wouldn't drown (those things are the best! and thanks to Urban Tri for the rental!). So I gathered up my wetsuit, cap, and goggles, and left transition at 6:45 to see the pros line up.....
Part 2 coming soon!