Pre-Race: Up at 4:45, for a quick breakfast of a bagel and peanut butter and some Honey Stinger Waffles. It was chilly outside, so I threw on a couple extra layers to stay warm. Left the hotel just after 5 and drove to the course, where we parked less than a 1/4 mile from transition in a local’s driveway. Got my bike setup, went over to the lake, had a quick dip in the water to check the temperature and get a faux warmup in, then came out and sat around for awhile. I was the last wave to go, so there was plenty of time for bathroom breaks and stretching.
Hokay, so. This doubled as a start to the season, and as a vacation for me and Kristen. Brief itinerary so as to not bore you with details.