A quick update from Idaho... Pictures will have to wait since my digital camera broke and I am using one of those Walgreen's 35-mm disposables! Too bad!
We took a swim this morning and the water is cold. My first reaction was, "This is colder than Aquatic Park." They mentioned that it was around 57 but it felt colder to me. Anyway, at least the water was much calmer than last year and I think it will be okay. The official word is that booties or aqua socks will definitely be allowed, and a volunteer told me they will have hot tubs and warming huts available after the swim. So don't be surprised if you see a lot of long transition times! We were wondering if they might also be serving us drinks in the hot tub?
Waiting in line to register, I spied a girl with an insulin pump and decided to say hello. Her dad is racing Sunday (Rod, bib #1611 I think?) and we chatted about pumps and triathlons. Sarah was her name and she said she was thinking of doing an Ironman someday and she has already done some smaller events. Go for it Sarah! I feel a little odd accosting people with insulin pumps but I can't help it sometimes.
Later this afternoon, after going for broke at the Ironman gear store, we went on a ride along the run course. The memories of last year came flooding back... "This is where I got really hot..." and "Hmm, this is about where I crashed & burned on the run for 30 minutes." But mostly, I was reminded what a beautiful location Coeur d'Alene is. I am planning to take some moments on Sunday to enjoy the experience. It should be easy since I will be keeping it mellow in heart rate zone 2, right?
Oh and I just heard some pretty juicy gossip that a certain cycling hero who started out in triathlon may be testing the waters with us all on Sunday...