The moment I heard those words, I knew I was changed forever. Crossing the finish line of that race is one of the most amazing moments of my life but I will get into that a little later. Let’s start from the beginning. Be advised that this is going to be a crazy long post. I wont be offended if you don’t get to the end. This blog post is a way for me to look back on this monumental event and remember all the details. In many ways, this is more like writing a page in my diary. Only, instead of locking up my thoughts and memories, I am allowing the entire world to read about my experience. Here we go.
The swim went great and I headed home to hang my suit and towel, then grabbed my bike and headed over to Demetrius’ house to pick him up. We decided against renting a car and just drove my white car. The bike rack lives on the back of that car anyway and the car gets good gas mileage. I planned to drive the whole way up so that Demetrius could get some sleep since he worked all night. Google was giving us some ass-backwards directions which was frustrating, and the rain was not helping. I kept telling myself “You trained in the rain so you are ready for anything on race day.” Eventually we started making progress towards Maryland on the back county roads. It was strange to not use any interstate highways the whole time traveling there. I kept asking Google if she was sure this was the best way to go. I’m still not sure I believe we took the shortest route, but regardless, we made it on time.
The whole drive was nothing but off and on rain… More on than off. I hoped the weather wouldn’t impact the race too much. There’s nothing you can do about the weather besides train in all sorts of weather so that nothing takes you by surprise on race day.
After that we headed to the hotel room to check in and then went out to a local pizza place for some food. Easton, Maryland was a cute little town with mostly local places to eat and shop. Easton is about 20 minutes from Cambridge so it was nice to be somewhere that was a little quieter. I was super excited to be there but knew that I needed to make sure to get enough rest while I was there in order to be able to race in a couple days, so it was nice to be away from the busy city of Cambridge. Easton felt a little bit like Greenville in the way that everything you needed was within about a 10 minute drive. After getting dinner, we drove around a little bit to try to find where the closest Starbucks was. As it turned out, both of the Starbucks were in Target and a grocery store. I said, “This will do, but I could never live here!” The opening ceremonies and athlete briefing were going to be back in Cambridge so we headed back out to get the last minute updates on the race.
To be continued…..
But in the meantime, here is a picture of part of the run course.