As you readers all know, I competed at the 70.3 Ironman World Championships this past weekend! I want to do a full recap, but it’s going to have to be divided up into two parts, otherwise it’ll be crazy long! So today’s post will cover the overall experience/atmosphere of the events leading up to the race. Then tomorrow, I’ll recap the race itself!
Our trip began on Thursday morning when we started our drive. We stayed overnight at a hotel in New York and I did a quick swim in the hotel pool. The pool was super small, so I got a little dizzy! It was good to loosen up a little though after the drive. We drove the rest of our way on Friday and checked in to our awesome condo before heading to the athlete’s village.
We got to athletes village around 2pm, and there was a huuuuuge line for check-in. After an hour wait, I finally had my athlete packet and information! After that, we walked around the village for a bit, and then went to the athlete’s welcome banquet! The banquet was awesome! Amazing food, cool entertainment, and inspiring speeches from the Ironman Foundation and race director.
We headed back to our condo after the banquet, and waited for my parents, sister and brother in-law, and brother to arrive! The next day, we went to the race sight late morning to do my pre-race warm up of the swim, bike, and run. It was really cold and rainy, so I didn’t particularly enjoy my practice swim. The water was freezing, and it was SUPER windy, so the water was really choppy! It made me very nervous and uncertain about the race the next day. :/
The bike and run practice went fine, but I was feeling really out of it and slightly dizzy. Looking back, I’m still unsure why. I think it may have just been shock/stress of the big event.
I checked my bike and gear bags in, then we went back to the condo for lunch. After we ate lunch, we headed back to the athlete’s village and had some fun checking out the sights, and taking some pics!
After touring the village, we went out to dinner before an early bed-time! We ate at this awesome home-made pasta place! We all loved our food and had a good time. After dinner, we went back to the condo and I headed to bed! I wanted to get a good night’s sleep before the big day! Unfortunately, I couldn’t stop thinking about how cold and choppy the water had been during the swim that morning….I was really nervous that I’d struggle during the race if the water was that choppy! I finally did fall asleep around 11pm, so I got a few hours sleep before getting up for the race.
So that was my experience prior to race day! I’ll tell you all about the race itself tomorrow!