We started out a little late, but what would be a race experience if things started out on time? The first thing we did was make our way to Southland Drive to Donut Days to pick up a dozen donuts. Food for the soul when the ability to consume calories gets difficult. The car was tightly packed as Paula has all the things she needs for the triple, plus Philip and I fitting in our gear two… not to mention two bikes attached to the back.
The drive was not that exciting, it included a lot of coffee and a few stops – but we made our way to Virginia as efficiently as possible. The majority of the day was nice with good temps and sunny skies, but it started to rain a little the last half hour or so prior to ending up at Lake Anna. We quickly got the bikes in the cabin and headed off to the headquarters for the weekend.
We set up the tent, changing tent and Paula hung the South African flag. Did I mention that it started raining? Well, the rain hasn’t stopped in hours and it’s a little chilly. While the triple starts tomorrow at 7am Eastern, there are people that are a long ways into the bike already (doing the 5x!).
Paula made the check in and did the blood test, finger prick thingy – they said she was good (no blood doping for her… pure and legit!). We then had an opportunity to meet other athletes getting set up for the Triple tomorrow also. Ultra events are always enjoyable, as the athletes that are participating have a sense of being in something together, something special. It was also nice to meet some of the others that will be support crew.
The calm before the storm! Well, it has been storming all afternoon and evening – but you get the point. Paula is organized and ready to go. If you believe in prayer, send some requests for a change in weather and for strength for the athletes that have been going for 36 hours already in this stuff.