I am t-minus 12 hours from launching myself out of a ferry off the coast of Alcatraz. I'm excited, nervous, and a bit scared. But, I'm ready. I went into the city both today and yesterday so I am quite familiar with the race course. I know this race is going to be a blast. I am just concentrating on have a clean race, staying away from the Golden Gate Bridge while swimming, staying on top of my bike while cycling, and running the shah-nizzle out of the run. Boo-Yah (thanks Tyler). Steve and Andrea and I went for a leisurely ride today before packet pickup. I took some great photos. I have been using my dads new camera and I love it. Can you tell I'm Jones'n for a new camera. I love posting photos on my blog but my current camera just doesn't cut the mustard.
So we were planning on riding a portion of the course but several cyclists asked us if we were going over the bridge. We weren't planning to but after the 4th person asked us, we thought that maybe we should. So we followed all the other leisurely cyclists and headed over the bride. WowZER. So totally awesome. It's such a different way to see the Golden Gate Bridge. I have walked over it and I have driven over it, but cycling is my new favorite. Totally fun! Here are some cool shots!
After the bridge we explored around and ended up going through Fort Baker and into Sausalito. We turned around there and booked it back in time for packet pickup and the race debriefing. There was a huge crowd at the race talk and it was good to get the scoop on the race for the 15th time. Repetition works well with me.
It was odd also that they introduced the announcer for the debriefing and race day and I recognized his name. We used to date in High School. Eek, the past comes back to haunt. After the race talk I headed back to San Jose to hang with mom, pop and Annie. I changed the tire on my front wheel and gave my bike a good once over. I'm READY!
For any and all spectators. The race starts at 8am California time (Pacific Time Zone). My race number is 1630. If you would like to track my progress tomorrow you can do so through Accenture's Athlete Tracker. Sign up early so you are ready when the race starts. They can even send updates via text message.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
As we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.