A free pancake breakfast was offered to the athletes and their families on Friday morning.
Chip, Richard and I decided to get through the race registration process before lunch on Friday. While the girls wandered through the expo we got our race numbers, chips, shirts, and schwag. The volunteers were plentiful, efficient, knowledgeable, helpful and stern, and not only during registration. The organizers and volunteers had their plan, it seemed to work well for them and the racers, and they stuck to it. They did an awesome job! As we stood in line I had to get a picture of this guy's haircut.
|A Cool Haircut|
|Chip patiently waiting in line|
|Volunteers at registration|
|The Race Expo|
|Another view of the Race Expo with the GCT gear booth on the right|
|The transition area just after it opened|
|Chip and Ken after putting their bikes in the transition area|
|I was the first one to put my QR bike on the rack in my row|
|The pre-race pasta dinner|
|Athletes eating the pasta dinner before the pre-race briefing|
Before bed Susan shaved her legs, just kidding. I'm sure the hotel maintenance crew appreciated the fact that the hair wasn't washed down the drain. I learned from the 2010 Augusta 70.3 that you can't shave a furry leg and wash the remnants away without seriously clogging the drain.
|Someone who shall remain nameless preparing to shave their legs|
|Race morning with the buoys in place and calm seas|
|Ken setting up his transition area|
|A wider view of the transition area|
|Another view of the transition area|
|Richard, Chip and I just before the swim waves started|
|Me running back to the beach after correcting a slight wardrobe malfunction|
|Me exiting the swim|
|Melissa, Susan and Jonna as they wait for the men folk to come through the transition area|
After averaging 20.6 mph on the bike leg I headed into the transition area for a quick T2.
|Me finishing the bike leg|
|Richard finishing the bike leg|
|Me finishing the race|
|A quick trip to the medical tent for me|
|An ounce of prevention|
|Richard finishing the race|
|Chip finishing the race|
|The boys draped in cool wet towels|
|The boys having some pizza after the race|
Special thanks to our adoring fans (spouses) for all the support during our training and for being there for the race. We know you got sunburned and swollen feet standing for hours in the hot sun waiting for a brief glimpse of your personal hunk of man-flesh to arrive.
|The girls happy that it's over|
|Spinnaker was the location of the awards presentation|
|Race technical shirt given to participants|
In summary, this is a great race that is very well supported. Even the MC was very good. The event is tailored to provide a good experience for the athletes and it does. I'm really looking forward to Ironman Florida in November.
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