|Me and Patrick|
You could sense the excitement and anticipation of the event as soon as we stepped on the plane. Patrick sat next to an Ironman veteran who had just missed qualifying for the world championships (the race you see on TV in Hawaii) that told him his recipe for shaving the precious minutes he would need to make it this time. Before we backed out from the gate the pilot came on the intercom and announced, "Welcome aboard, we'll be arriving on time but it's taking just a bit longer to push off the gate because of all the bikes being loaded up. Look around you because you're probably sitting next to an Ironman!" I felt pretty cool sitting on the plane knowing I was one of those people.
|Good find Patrick!|
|That's a lot of bike boxes|
|Ironman transition 2012|
By the time we finished our tour of the bike route it was nearly 8:30pm in Louisville. Patrick and Christy dropped me off at the Brown hotel. I'm in the room unpacking now and enjoying a late night snack of pizza (I didn't think I would be hungry after a late lunch but the blogging must have stirred up an appetite). Tomorrow I'll head over to registration and work on reconstructing my bike.