Saturday, September 24, 2011

Starting to Feel Real

by Meghann on September 24, 2011

This is happening! It’s really happening! In less than 24 hours I will be a Half Iron(wo)man!

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My stomach is a ball of nerves and I’ve been high on adrenaline all day. I think it’s finally starting to set in that I’m going to do this! Ahhh!!!

Also, I’m in love with Augusta. It’s such a cute town with a quaint little downtown that just screams hometown pride.

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My favorite part of the downtown was all the cute little cafes and restaurants that littered the area. It didn’t take us long to find the perfect coffee house for breakfast.

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New Moon Cafe was smack dab in the middle of downtown and had a line out the door for breakfast. We took that as a good sign for good food and coffee.

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I had their iced coffee with a little half and half.

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And an everything wheat bagel (which was pretty onion-y) with egg and ham.

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I wanted a good mix of protein and carbs and i think this fit the bill.

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The muffins were calling our name from the display case.

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The peach muffins were made fresh on-site this morning and used fresh Georgia peaches. How could we say no?!

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The four of us split one and savored every cakey, peachy bite.

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Expo time!

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Registration was INSANE. We waited in a line that wrapped around the conference center and took us 45 minutes to get through. Luckily, we were in front of a group of triathletes who have done this race multiple times and gave us ton of tips for tomorrow.

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Actually, everyone we met today were really kind and welcoming. They all calmed my nerves and taught me to take each event one thing at a time. It was just a big tri-love fest all day.

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Once we got past the long line, everything was extremely organized. We were handed a card with our bib number on it at one station, handed waivers to sign at the next, given our bib, chip, and finally our swag bag.

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It was a long process that ended with smiles.

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We have out shirts! That means we’re official! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The expo was kind of meh. There were only a handful of booths (the largest being the one selling all the official ironman merchandise with a line longer than the one for registration), but I did run into a few tri-friends.

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Cat is starting in the same wave as Kelly and I. Yay for wave friends!

The coolest thing about the expo –

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Can you find my name?

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I bought a shirt with the same name layout on the back. ๐Ÿ™‚

We lucked out with gorgeous weather today. Nothing, but clear skies and sunshine.

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Crossing our fingers it holds out for tomorrow!

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We have Tyler to thank for lunch. He suggested we check out The Boll Weevil while we were in town and it did no disappoint.

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It was love at first sight. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The menu was full of fun sandwiches, soups, and salads – a great lunch spot for a pre-race meal. And you know you’re in the south when ‘fried green tomato sandwich’ is the special of the day. I could resist ordering it.

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The bread was a little buttery for my taste, but I enjoyed how they paired the thousand island dressing and pickles with the fried green tomatoes. The thousand island dressing gave it a very ruben taste.

I paired the sandwich with the corn chowder, which was unfortunately a little bland.

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Dessert was the true star of the meal.

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Red velvet cake? Don’t mind if we do.

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Demolished.

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Augusta is my first race with required bike check-in the night before. It felt strange dropping old Blue off.

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Talk about bike envy! The transition area was full of bikes that – on average – cost $2000 more than mine. My little road bike (sans aero bars) was a rare breed in these parts.

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My row was second to last – wayyyyyyy in the back.

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Sleep tight, Blue! I’ll see you in the morning!

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We couldn’t leave without checking the water temp out.

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Current temp is 74.5 – officially wetsuit optional. It felt like cold spring water, which was actually really refreshing in the hot sun.

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Dinner was ordered to-go.

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One Mega-Veggie pizza from Mellow Mushroom while watching inspirational triathlon youtube videos = the perfect lazy evening.

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I feel like I’ve been eating non-stop today and am stuffed to the brim. Consider myself officially carbo loaded. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are so many thoughts going through my mind right now. Lots of happy ones, some nervous ones, and a tiny bit of crazy ones. My head is going a mile a minute and I’m just ready to do this thing already!

Tomorrow I will be a half ironman. That freakin’ rocks!

Good Night!

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Road Trip

September 24, 2011

Mornin’ We be in Georgia. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We didn’t end up leaving my parents’ place until close to 5 yesterday. That plus a 6 hour drive made for a long night. Luckily, I have the ability to sleep anywhere and was able to (uncomfortably) sleep my way through most of the drive. My sister Kelly, little more ยป

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