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.
Taper weeks aren’t fun, especially with nerves about the stability of one’s knee for the duration of his strongest aspect of the race (the bike).
M: 4mi run aerobic, a few small hill climbs, and then dinner with some family friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time. Dropped my bike off at Breakaway Bikes to give it one final look over. They were also going to brainstorm my ideas and causes for my knee pains.