I think I’m all set. Here’s the quick picture tour:
I went to the athletes banquet last night:
First up was finding my rack, which happened to be in just about the exact same place as last year:
Then I wandered over to look at the Bike to Run bags. I decided against dropping off this bag today, and instead will ditch it tomorrow morning. Too much to deal with nutrition wise that I didn’t want to have to juggle everything mentally in one day.
And finally, tonight after dinner I put together all my nutrition. I’m using Infinit Nutrition (custom blends) on both the bike and the run. And just in case on the run I also have backup with EFS gel (which I was using previously).
So with that, I’m ready to roll. Coach Alan and I have put together a race plan that should result in a good day. For me, it’ll all come down to the run. And more specifically – miles 6-13. Mentally those are the toughest for me. It’s by the lake, quiet (no spectators allowed there), and you haven’t hit the turnaround yet. Ironically my fastest miles last year were actually 15-26.2 Assuming I can keep running, then I’ll be in awesome shape time-wise. While you can never control anyone else’s race and thus slots to the big dance, I’m obviously looking for a sub-10 race (by a fair bit). I’ll avoid detailing out exact splits, as the only way to guarantee a slot is to be on the podium, so those are the times we’re shooting for. It’ll just be a matter of executing a nice run.
Hope to see some of you out there!
I’m number 175, which you can track all day long on Ironman.com. Swim starts at 7AM PST (three hours behind Eastern time).
See ya – and thanks for all the folks who have e-mailed, texted, or called! And now…I’m off to bed.