I slept great last night, and was up fairly early for the complementary hotel breakfast (love Belgium Waffles!)
A morning priority was to take another look at the bike course. There were a few areas of concern with the road conditions when I was out training over the summer. Mostly, there was some very fine loose gravel at 2 intersections. It is still an issue. I almost wiped out making that turn going 6 mph so I will have to be careful there. I also just got a reminder of the whole course layout. It is a very challenging course.
I got back to the hotel just in time to walk over to a free Endurance Nation lecture on IMOO racing strategies. Some was helpful, some I knew, some was pretty obvious. Overall, a good 90 minutes well spent. I walked back to the hotel via the Noodles & Company restaurant next to the hotel. More carb loading (Japenese Pan Noodles…Yum!).
I retrieved my wetsuit and headed to the swim start area for a practice swim. The water was perfect and quite calm (as is should be on race day). Sleeveless was ideal. Got a 1.25 mile swim for my official final workout (tomorrow will be another rest day).
Once back at the hotel, I showered off the green slime and got ready for the welcome banquet. The banquet was about what I expected. The food was so-so, and was solid carbs (bread salad, pasta, baked potatoes, breadsticks…and some token veggies). Mike Riley spoke (man he looks a lot older in person), and they showed a bunch of feel good videos.
Now, I have to organize my gear and special needs bags for tomorrow. Aside from checking in my bike and gear, tomorrow will be mellow…the calm before the storm.