What an incredible trip!? I had the time of my life. Being at Ironman was like summer camp for adults. I had a total blast. I arrived a few days before my parents. I was lucky enough to get settled in and a few practice swims, rides & runs before the race. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is gorgeous. The weather was fantastic, excluding race day. (More about this later.) It was a much needed break from the heat and humidity down here in Austin, Texas. My parents and I were amazed at how friendly and supportive the locals were. They could not have been more pleasant to be around. I think they truly love having Ironman come to town... spandex and brightly colored shoes included. The final day before the race, we went for a quick open water swim on the race course. It was a balmy 61 degrees in the water and maybe 50 outside. At this point, I had adjusted to the weather quite well. After a short swim, I headed back to the BW (Best Western) for a quick nap. Mom & Dad took me out to drive the race course in the afternoon. I am very glad we did this. It helped ease my nerves knowing what awaited me the following day. I spent the rest of the day in bed, relaxing. I might have taken 3 different naps and kept my feet propped up above my heart. I knew they would need every ounce of help they could get. The night before the race, my parents took me to a fantastic Italian restaurant for dinner. Note to self: do not order the Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Parmesian Pasta before race day, no matter how delicious it may be. ***Especially, when you have been on a vegan diet for two months leading up to the race. After an early dinner, and by early I mean Blue Plate Special early, we headed back to get some rest. Thank you Mom & Dad for all of the pre race encouragement and enthusiasm. You completed this experience for me and I could not have done without you. If it weren't for you two, MY ROCKS IN LIFE, I would have been a pile of nerves going into this race.
Lake Coeur d'Alene after dusk..
Ironman Athletes Village from a distance. Beautiful green grass and pine trees.
Driving the bike course. The hills are much worse in person. Trust me.
Underpants Run: The people behind me are running in their undies. A tradition at Ironman. Too bad I wasn't invited :(
Goofing around with Karen & Shawnda before a chilly swim.
2200 bikes ready for the race!
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