Well, it is 2 weeks until race day! I just completed my 22nd week of training (I started April 21!) and I am ready for this hard earned taper. I am getting nervous about the race but I keep telling myself that I have logged the training hours and that I am prepared for the 70.3 miles that lie ahead of me.
I found out that the race will be tracked on ironmanlive.com, so those of you who want to track me from afar will be able to do so. My race number is 830 and I am starting the race at 7:44 a.m. I will find out more about tracking and post the information here.
... Speaking of waves, I am particularly nervous about the swim start. There are 14 waves and I am starting nearly smack dab in the middle in wave 6.
Here are the waves:
Wave 1 - Pro - 7:30
Wave 2 - Men 24 and under and Men 50+ - 7:32
Wave 3 - Women 40+ - 7:35
Wave 4 - Men 35-39 A-K - 7:38
Wave 5 - Men 35-39 L-Z - 7:41
Wave 6 - Women 25-29 and Women 35-39 - 7:44
Wave 7 - Men 40-44 A-K - 7:47
Wave 8 - Men 40-44 L-Z - 7:50
Wave 9 - Men 25-29 - 7:53
Wave 10 - Women 20-24, Women 30-34, Athenas - 7:56
Wave 11 - Men 30-34 A-K - 7:59
Wave 12 - Men 30-34 L-Z - 8:02
Wave 13 - Men 45-49 - 8:05
Wave 14 - Clydesdales, Relays, Aquabike
I think that I have established that I am S-L-O-W swimmer and there are a lot of fast swimmers starting behind me, which means that I am going to have people swim OVER me (literally). I am going to just have to swim on the outside to give people a lot of space so that I don't get kicked in the face!