4 days to go, Triathlete Potluck, an ugly cat, and my wetsuit

My first ever Half-Ironman is this Sunday!  Yikes!  I’m both excited and terrified at the same time.  I have a massive list of all the gear I need to bring in addition to the usual packing for nearly a week away from home.  I’m driving instead of flying, as the gas is actually cheaper than bike transportation fees (and that way I don’t have to either learn how to completely break down and re-build my bike or trust someone else to do it for me).

This week is taper week, meaning I’m doing very light training just to keep things loose.  However fit I am now is how fit I’ll be at the race.

Late last year I found a link to the Seattle Triathlete meetup group.   I joined, but didn’t attend any meetups until this past Sunday, when the group organizer hosted a potluck.  I brought deviled eggs:

The potluck was fun!  I don’t have any triathlete friends, so it was nice to be able to geek out about tri stuff with like-minded individuals.  I also met the host’s ugly (but sweet) cat:

I don’t know what’s wrong with it (other than advanced age), but I’m sure it’s being taken care of.

I still haven’t braved the COLD northwest waters for any open water training this year, and now I’m out of time.  I’m a little worried about that, but not much, as I didn’t have a hard time acclimating to open water swimming when I first started last year.  I did try on my wetsuit, though…


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