"My Heart's beating...My Heart's beatin and my hand's a shakin....."
That can best describe how I felt a race briefing this morning....the nerves are hitting, the distance is becoming real, and the fact that they're expecting rain and a 21 mph head wind isn't really helping. Since I've arrived they've been predicting rain and wind so at this point I'm chalking it up to their full of shit like all forecasters, I still put plastic bags on my bike just to be safe. An interesting thing happened on the way to the Expo I bumped into 6 time Women's Champ Jo Lawn as she was giving an interview so I have a nice candid photo .Yes I feel like a big shot on this trip!
Also included are pics of the staff at Taupo times
The girl on the left is Catherine (NZ's hottest photographer) the girl in the middle is Danielle, and the man on the right is Simon, sports writer and beer and Rugby Connoisseur ( To the guys at HEAT if at all possible we need to ship these guys some Hooker Ale!) Today will be spent not worrying about the race, special needs bag, cramming down more gels, sports drink and Bonita products as possible, the weather or how I might be cussing out rain and wind tomorrow Lt. Dan style from Forest Gump. I plan on sitting on the beach and meditating or forking over some coin at the local arcade to relieve the pre -race jitters. Tomorrow I feel ready to go....hopefully mother nature will co-operate. That's all for today...I need to go put my feet up.
Also anyone wishing to follow the race live
go to the official Ironman New Zealand site and it will direct you to Ironman live .
Like I said I just need to go and take a preverbal cold shower...when I get back home I'll have a nice month long rest before getting ready for the summer season and an epic duel in the land of the crabcake. Also anyone looking for a good "Kona-esque atmosphere without having to worry about Lotto slots or being hell on wheels Taupo is a really good pick.
The Soon to be Ironman