Everything is fine here, but hectic. Except one thing - the airline managed to crack my laptop screen. It is still more or less usable, but there are visible cracks and a black spot about 2 inches square in the center. Of course, their disclaimers say they're not responsible for electronics, etc. BAH! It might be fixable....
AND I had to return the rental car to the airport because the gas gauge was broken and it read empty and was continually dinging at me!
AND the tuneup had not been done on my bike, so I had to spend some time getting it worked on today, getting the chain and derailleur fixed.
So I hope troubles come in threes and we're all done with those vexations!!
BIG SURPRISE! Two of our good friends from Calgary, Alberta - Dawn and Dianne - showed up to surprise me and Ellie! They phoned us - we thought from Calgary - then simply walked up to us at the expo! Both came all this way just to cheer us on! (And soak up a little Florida sun, too!) I was so surprised and touched that I almost cried!
The energy here is high - huge gathering at the big dinner tonight where I finally met many, many long-time online friends face-to-face - and otherwise it's lots of fun but a little nerve-wracking too. Quite windy today, hopefully calmer tomorrow.
I'll post a few photos when I can - right now the priority is getting some sleep!!
THANKS for checking in on us - another busy day tomorrow doing all the final preparations for IRONMAN DAY on Saturday. Packing the gear bags, doing final checks on the bike, checking the bags in, perhaps getting in a swim, and driving some of the bike course.
Can I do 140.6 miles under my own power on sea, bike, and foot - within 17 hours? Stay tuned to find out on Saturday along with me!!! Remember, www.ironmanlive.com will have updates for me (#2484) and about 2500 other triathletes making the attempt starting at 7AM central time!