Yesterday, I drove 15 hours in hopes of fulfilling a goal. By 10 PM, I hit my breaking point and called it a day, just a little over one hour shy of Coeur d'Alene. This morning I arrived to CDA amidst a thunderstorm and showers, and a much anticipated ride with Michelle, Teresa, and Matt was delayed. By 11 AM, Matt and I were able to ride 2+ hours, and the sun and warmer weather eventually greeted us. Then it was off to check-in and I run into the awesome Sue Hutter, looking way cool jetting around town on her scooter. After check-in, I went for my 30-40 minute run with some pick-ups. If only 6:40 miles would feel as easy on Sunday as they did today. Good stuff.
And then I got back to my hotel room to a barrage of text and FB messages. I got the sense that a lot of people were thinking about me today, and I definitely felt the love. This "thoughtfulness" is so unique to ironman. I was riding with Matt today and I told him, I feel like I'm carrying each of my supporters with me on this ride, I feel their presence. Today was a full day and even after 15 hours of driving yesterday, I felt like I had more than enough energy to attack the day. Thanks for the energy my friends. It was a great start to this ironman adventure. Some pics to better tell the story:
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