Ironman Florida is tomorrow. Tomorrow.
I just got back from checking in The Bike and my gear bags. Coach Dan asked me to swim 10 minutes, bike 10 minutes, and run 10 minutes today, which I did. The swim in the Gulf was initially very cold, but after I got past the second sand bar, it warmed up as the water got deeper. The Bike felt good - it's running incredibly well. The run was good, too.
I have an injury right now that I will have to deal with tomorrow. Last weekend I developed a hematoma in my saddle area. I had to have it drained on Monday. It's still open and tender, but much better than it was. It's very frustrating to be dealing with an injury right now, but I think everyone in the race tomorrow has issues to deal with, some a lot worse than mine. Hopefully, I'll be able to adjust and complete the race.
The energy and excitement here is palpable. I've thought several times since being here that I am so fortunate to be part of all of this. I'm so thankful for all of the things in my life that make it possible for me to even stand on the beach at the starting line - family, friends, co-workers, health, finances, weather, etc.
I'm going for it.
We'll see if Bib # 998 makes it to the finish line.