Raleigh has been a very welcoming city for us. People have been very friendly and helpful and our hotel has been fantastic. The hotel is actually on mile 2 and 11 of the run. It has been really busy and I have quite a bit to write and catch up on.
Yesterday I checked in at the expo, went out to the lake to check it out, and had dinner with Kelli, Jess Jacobs and Josh and Lee.
In twelve hours I will be in the water. It won’t be wetsuit legal based on the temps the past few days. That is fine with me. I just have to remember all that Sam has taught me and that it is only water.
I was in the water today and it was pretty nice.
I have a pretty good spot in T1. My number is 156 so I am near the exit. I am also on the outside row. I’m hoping there was some shade over my bike today because there is a row of trees.
The bike course is beautiful with quite a few rolling hills. There doesn’t seem to be anything steeper than what I have ridden over the past year or so. There are plenty of areas where there is some shade, which will be nice because it will be hot tomorrow. I am looking forward to it.
There are lovely homes and sweet little country churches on the route.
The bike ride finishes in downtown Raleigh.
The run course is out and back. It comes by the hotel where I am staying, through NC State’s campus and Meredith College’s campus and on a trail. There are some hills but for every up hill, there is a down hill. The run finishes in front of the Marriott in downtown Raleigh.
Why I race
There are lots of reasons that I race. It’s fun. It motivates me. This race marks three years since I began working with Sam. I am also racing this season to raise awareness and funds for the Alabama American Diabetes Association through the Ironman Foundation. I am racing in Raleigh in memory of my friend Jerry as well who we lost a few weeks ago. He persevered under conditions when most people would give up. I will think about him as I swim, ride and run tomorrow.