Saturday, May 14, 2011

Florida 70.3 Expo


Today was check in for the Florida 70.3.  I headed over to Orlando after my final swim and run workouts before the race.  I rode my bike from the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom over to Fort Wilderness where the race will take place tomorrow. 

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At check-in, I signed my life away with all the wavier forms they made me sign.  I think they have the rights to my first born child. 

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After check-in, I went through the Ironman merchandise store.  They had a ton of nice stuff but they did not have the one thing I was looking for.  I was looking for a car magnet that said “70.3” for my truck, but all they had were stickers. 

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I went over to the pro panel discussion and was surprised to hear Andy Potts (red shirt) was there.  The 2008 Lake Placid Ironman champion, Caitlin Snow, is setting next to Andy.  A great thing about the event was the ability to get close and interact with the pros. 

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Then the sky opened up and it started to pour cats and dogs.  This weekend has to be the first it has rained here in a month.  I waited out the rain in a couple of tents until there was a break in the weather. 

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I went over to the transition area to check my bike it.  My rack was packed towards the middle of the transition area, so I placed my bike towards the end of the rack so I will have more space to place my items tomorrow morning.  The forecast called for more rain later in the day, so I put bags over my seat and handlebars to keep them dry. 

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The transition area was huge, almost the size of a football field.  Finding the correct rack tomorrow should be fun. 

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The bike out.

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They way out to the run.

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More transition area to the run out.

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The pro bike rack.

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The medal rack.

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Tomorrow afternoon, I should be wearing one of these medals around my neck.

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Went over to the beach to scope out the swim course.  Notice the nasty rain clouds moving in.  With more rain clouds moving in, I decided to take off. 

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Luckily, I made it onto the packed bus before it started to down pour again.  Now I am about to eat my pre race dinner of rice noodles to load up on the carbs. 

What is your favorite pre-race dinner?