I’ve been staying here so long that it almost doesn’t feel like I’m doing this big race tomorrow. It just feels like I’m doing a very important though longer-than-usual workout. I will be sleeping in the same bed I’ve been sleeping in all month and the postman even put my name on the mailbox!
Yep I’ve been well cared for by the Lee’s who are very awesome hosts. I barter for my rent by house-sitting and dalmatian-sitting, and soon I will help put up a new fence in the backyard and clean out their basement! Mike’s brother Ryan (race director of the Spokane Triathlon) event lent me his car to use while I’m here. Next Wednesday I’m taking Susan’s little sister Felicia as my date to the opening day for Twilight: Eclipse. Go Team Jacob!
Mike and Ryan are co-captains for the bike aid station by Hayden Lake. A bunch of their family and Mike’s high school athletes (he coaches LCHS cross country) will be volunteering so I’m looking forward to having a lot of people yelling for me.
I got the new BlueSeventy Axis wetsuit to try out on Sunday. It’s got extra buoyancy in the legs to better balance those of us who need it. For gumby swimmers and/or those of us with ginormous leg muscles! Deano made me size down to a medium-small for the first time in my life. Because when I lose weight, I lose it in my already puny arms, and my medium Helix was actually too loose. A loose wetsuit is just wrong!
I also got a neoprene cap in case the lake is really cold.
Today was bike check-in day. I’m #53, AKA the last pro number assigned because it’s fast boys, boys by ABC order, fast girls, then girls by ABC order. I am a DARK HORSE! What this really means is that White Tiger gets half of the bike rack:
Wow, look at those sexy Token race wheels. I am still tickled I get to race with race wheels.
There was the gear bag drop-off, where I discovered someone will be racing with a prosthetic leg!
Then I schmoozed with some of our team sponsors, like my favorite bike company CERVELO!
I met Tereza’s brother, who I didn’t know worked for Cervelo:
Then I went home and WongSTAR-ized the Camelbaks and concocted my special rocket fuel mix:
I also remembered the fortune cookie I got a few days ago when I had dinner with my former running store manager, Scott. It was perfect, I have been training really hard and feel very fit, so I kept it in my wallet so I could post it on this blog!
Well time for bed soon. The race starts tomorrow (Sunday June 27th) at 6:25am Pacific Standard Time for us pros. Yep we get a 35-minute head start! You can follow me online at www.ironman.com and also my Twitter account, @theWongstar. Mike will be hijacking my Twitter so who knows what kind of embarrassing things he’ll say.
Thanks for all your support!