Getting Ready for Ironman Florida 70.3

Saturday – May 17, 2008 –

Last night after work, I flew to Orlando on Southwest. Mom and Dad picked me up at the Orlando airport and to our cabin at Fort Wilderness in Walt Disney World. I slept pretty well and I woke up excited about competing in Ironman Florida 70.3 on Sunday.

After racing Olympic distances, this is my first time to compete in an Ironman series race. I thought I would start at the 70.3-mile distance to learn how to race these long distances before ever going for an full Ironman.

Training during the dog days of summer

Training during the dog days of summer

This morning after breakfast, I went to pick up my registration packet and hear the race course guided overview. They included some neat freebies such as a T-shirt, Ford Ironman hat, swim cap and other cool swag. I then went for a ride on the bike course and road with a group of Hispanic guys from one of the Miami triathlon clubs. Actually, I made the mistake of riding too far today, especially in this record heat. I had to return my Cervelo P2C tribike to the transition area by 6 p.m.

After my ride, I had lunch with Dad, Mom and Jeff. That evening, we had pasta at a nice Italian restaurant so I could load up on carbs.

When we came back to Fort Wilderness this evening, I was really nervous about the race. In fact, I could hardly sleep. I finally drifted off about 3 a.m., but had to wake up around 5:30!

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