Saturday, September 10, 2016

On the Eve of the Race

If you're reading this in email, be sure to scroll down for Saturday's earlier posts.

Bike and transition bags at race site. Check.

Carbo loading at Tutto Pasta complete. Check.

Feet up, killing time until lights out. Check.

We will rise at 4:00 central time in the morning. George will prepare his nutrition for the day, eat a honey-and-peanut-butter sandwich, drink a Coke, and try not to barf from nerves. We will head down to the start around 5:15. At 6:15 or so, he, Rob, and John will have wetsuits on and walk to the swim start.

It takes a lot of time to get 2,700 or so athletes across the timing mat (which is maybe 12 feet across) and into the water. The professional athletes will start at 6:45, and everyone else when the cannon goes off at 7:00.

If you're the praying kind, please pray for a safe race for everyone tomorrow...racers, volunteers, spectators, random people who get caught in the chaos.

If you want to follow the race as it happens tomorrow, I will post periodically here, so check back often. You may also follow the race on the Ironman website.

The Athlete Tracker is here.
George's Bib #2677
Rob's Bib #2310
John's Bib #2693
Dell's Bib #1800

There will be a live feed on the IM website of the finish sometime in the afternoon, and you can watch each finisher cross the line. I will let you know an estimate of the time George, Rob, and John will cross, as well as Dell Finney, in case you'd like to watch.

And now we are off to sleep and dream about cow medals and Mike Riley saying "You are an Ironman!"

May it be so.


  1. Good luck to the racers and you!!!

  2. I'll be thinking of you and check in when I can. My own athlete-husband is playing a team tennis match in the afternoon, so I'll be watching him (and the match is more than an hour from here). Good luck to George, Rob, and John!

    1. Will be thinking of you and your husband, Sharon! Have fun and best of luck to him this afternoon.

  3. Hi Susan, thanks for the athlete tracking numbers, I will be thinking of you, George and his friends.
    Wishing for them the best day!!
    Maria Rodriguez.


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