After what seemed like a short drive from home yesterday, I arrived at the expo to pick up my race packet. I was one of a small handful of people browsing the expo. Packet pick up was a breeze, no waiting since I was the only one there. I suspect most people are checking in later today. The opposite of what I experienced in Augusta with an hour long wait for packet pick up and hundreds of people packing the merchandise area. As I stepped up and they asked my name to find my race packet, a wave of nerves hit me. Those waves have been coming off and on over the past couple of days. This morning, the nerves are less of a wave and more of a constant presence.
I drove over to the beach start yesterday. Nothing was set up quite yet so it was a little hard to picture the day but they did have the turn buoy out. A few people were testing the waters. The water temperature right now is 68 degrees. The forecast tomorrow calls for rain until noon and 19 mph winds. I can deal with the rain but I could use a little less wind. From what I am told the NNW winds will mean a headwind for the first 40 miles and chop on the swim. I am guessing that would also mean a tailwind coming back but could be wrong on that one. One can hope.
My various bags are packed and ready to drop off later today with my bike. Big plans today are to attend the race meeting and relax. I somehow missed seeing the event merchandise area when checked in (I am blaming nerves) so I'll make a run through that when I go to the meeting and check out the battleship. They have a haunted house in the battleship on Friday and Saturday night. How cool!
CR ended up not being able to make the trip so I am doing this solo. Praying I make it through this in once piece so I can drive myself back to the hotel Saturday night! Well, also praying for no flat tires and less wind too but trying not to get greedy with the prayers :)