It's been an interesting few days. The relentless rain and weekend forecast had me a little concerned. In years past, there's always the threaten of rain and the frequent changes to the weather forecast but from the moment I arrived until yesterday, it rained pretty much nonstop.

The lack of any real break in the rain started to wear on my and my concerns shifted straight to race day. Would I race if it were pouring rain? Is it worth the risk? Would they cancel the swim if there was a threat of lightening? How would I feel coming down those descents at 50 MPH if the roads were wet?



A number of questions started rattling around in my head and none of them helpful.



A more immediate problem on Thursday was that I was unable to get out to do my workouts. Although I'm dedicated, there seemed to be zero benefit on going outside and playing in the rain. So I opted for the Kroc center where I was able to get in a solid swim, looked at their exercise bike and started laughing because it barely resembled a real bicycle and where I ran on the treadmill.

My goal was to accomplish as much as possible while staying dry and warm. Missions accomplished.



I didn't even bother to check in, I figured I could wait and see if the rain let up. It did not and registration got put off until yesterday.

When I woke up, I noticed the sky was less dark than previously which was a subtle hint that this funk might lift. And it did.

I watched as the ground started to dry and I made the decision to get the bike out instead of registration. My main reason was that I had just assembled my bike the day prior and I wanted to make sure I put the puzzle back together correctly.



After a short spin, it appeared that my mechanic skills are solid and shortly after, I went down and registered.



Other than that, I have nothing really exciting to report other than the arrival of the Mrs. who had taken a later flight.

It's Ironman week, what do you expect. Life consists of staying calm, lying around like a bum, eating and trying not to get fat. The latter being my biggest problem being cooped up in the room. I've already done damage to a jar of peanut butter among other things. Good thing the scale is at the house and I'm racing tomorrow.

 

Today brought sunny skies at least for part of the day. As I look out the window, I see cloudly skies but this morning looked like the kind of day I'd like to see tomorrow. We'll see how that goes.

As of right now, it says overcast. That I can deal with.

The bike and bags were dropped off earlier, I signed up for next year and we stopped by the Blue Seventy tent to check out the latest good while chatting with pro Guy Crawford.

Kill some time and chat with this fellow, he's the fun guy you want at your party.

Anyway. It's time to nap but I have some random photos to share...



It wouldn't be the Internet if I didn't post pictures of food and show the world.  Mmmm....delicious bowl of chili.  :)



We have to make sure that you know that you're not supposed to put open beverages, especially open HOT beverages in the door cup holder.



They are playing the sympathy card and they won.  To be honest, it wasn't a bad bottle of wine.



Rapture?



The locals are very supportive here in Coeur d'Alene which is one of the reasons I continue coming back.



I'd like to thank the owner of the Blackwell Gallery in Coeur d'Alene for allowing me to photograph this piece of art.  As you can tell, it's an Ironman mass start which is what makes this more unique now than ever.  It was tempting to buy it but it was a bit out of my price range.  It's a shame, it would have been a nice replacement for my velvet edition of "Dogs Playing Poker".



This is how I lose all of my vegan friends.  Sorry peeps, this is kryptonite for you but deliciousness for me.



On the table at the restaurant last night.  I did some pretty good damage.  You know, because I haven't been doing damage to that jar of PB in my room.  :\



Do you need a caption?  NIC stands for North Idaho College, btw. 



Last but not least, I kept the Do Not Disturb Sign on the door and received this note.  The last paragraph made me laugh because I assume they don't want the dead bodies hanging out any longer than that. 

Race day tomorrow.  See you on the other side...