I had completed about 65% of the goals in my 20 week (304 hours) training plan. That's just under 200 hours of training or 10 hours per week on average. I completed several 100 mile long rides. My longest run during the 20 weeks was 11 miles. I did go heavy on the taper though.
I decided it would be a good idea to get a physical exam the week before the race. Dr. Royston's staff got me in to see him with just a week's notice. By the time of my appointment the office staff was probably tired of hearing about my Ironman adventure which was 6 days away at that point. Dr. Royston was excited for me which helped me get in to see him so quickly, that and Susan's outward concern that I might die on the course. She had setup the appointment for me. In addition to checking my blood and stuff, Dr. Royston hooked me up with some sleep medication. I work a weird schedule and often go several days with little sleep. Races typically have the same affect. I toss and turn all night long until it's time for me to get up exhausted and already feeling defeated. That wasn't going to be the case this weekend.
I packed the car to the rooftop on Tuesday checking my list of stuff to bring several times. Susan and I left home for the 6 hour drive down to Panama City Beach, Florida at 7am on Wednesday morning. We stopped in Peachtree City to drop off our dog Max at Puppy Tubs. Then we picked up Chad, a fellow Georgia triathlete and 2011 Inronman Florida competitor. Chad's family couldn't make the trip to Florida until Friday. We arrived at our condo at Laketown Wharf at 1pm local time. PCB time is one hour earlier than Atlanta time.
|The view east from Laketown Wharf toward The Boardwalk Resort|
|The view south from Laketown Wharf toward the beach and the Sunbird condos|
|The view southeast from Laketown Wharf toward Pineapple Willie's and the Shores at Panama condos|
|Chad getting his wristband|
|Chip ready to ride|
Chad and I swam early on Thursday morning. We both wanted to get used to the early morning routine. Chip, Richard and I rode later in the morning while Jonna and Susan went shopping and had lunch. Richard had arrived around 9am on Thursday morning and he was ready to go. After our ride I wandered over to the expo area to listen to the professional athletes panel discuss training, competing, and Ironman in general.
|Pro triathlete panel|
|A lonely ice machine in St. Andrews park|
|Athlete's briefing in the ballroom|
|Neil, Chip, Richard, and Ken|
|Taped over vent holes|
|Bontrager Aero Pack straw shortened with an added Camelbak bite valve|
|The tie-wrap on the straw is loosely tightened to allow easy removal for cleaning and unclogging on the go|
|My bike racked and ready (except for my poor Shot Blok packet mounting job)|
|Bike gear bags in numeric order|
|Run gear bags in numeric order|
|Margaritaville at Pier Park (nice location - food okay)|
|The pier at Pier Park|
Checkout a few other images from the weekend in the album below.
|2011 Ironman Florida|
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