On Sunday I left Rhode Island and started the drive to North Carolina. Myself and some Tri-New England friends decided we would break the drive up into two days to go easier on our bodies and so we made it just south of DC on day 1 and then drove the rest of the way on day 2 and got into town around lunchtime. Since we couldn't get into the house we are renting here till 4pm we stopped by the battleship USS Carolina where T2 and the finish line will be located.
Wednesday was the practice swim day. A former Tri-New England member Taryn had moved down to North Carolina after last summer and was planning to do B2B as well. She has been doing workouts in the area quite a bit and was very familiar with the swim course and very graciously offered to give us the guided tour of the swim. So the 7 of us that were in town already and Taryn set out to swim a large portion of the course. We skipped the first mile or so of the course and got in somewhere around the 1.5 mile mark from the finish. The B2B swim has quite a current that works in your favor and we had timed out swim to the tides so we would have a similar current to practice in. Our plan was to get in the water and have a nice easy swim along the course stopping frequently to regroup (there is a lot of boat traffic in the channel so staying together was important for safety) and we wanted to talk through what to sight for with Taryn. So we all get in and almost immediately start giggling. We weren't even swimming and we were already drifting along the course at quite a good clip! It was hysterical. Attempting to swim into the current was like swimming on a treadmill. This was going to be an easy swim! So we enjoyed a great workout and Taryn did a great job of explaining to us what to sight for and what to look for and where the current would be the strongest / weakest etc.
After the swim we all went out for a great breakfast in town. After all we had burned a wopping 100 calories if we were lucky and needed to replace them! Moments like these though were some of the best parts of the week and spending time with the team was fantastic!
With breakfast out of the way we all headed back to the house to relax, check the weather forecast every ten minutes and eventually we decided we should go for a group run towards the end of the day. We put the word out and waited for a few more team mates to make it into town and then we met up at the beach house to head out for a nice easy 5K run. We had a lot of fun on the run goofing off and generally being silly. I spent most of that run laughing. Again though... hanging with the team in these moments was such a great stress relief. We all kept each other laughing and happy and this was a huge part of the success of the week.
Thursday morning I cleaned my bike and then went for a quick check ride with Kate just to make sure the bike was in good order and then we pretty much just sat around waiting for it to be late enough so that we could go to the expo and pickup our race packets!
At the expo we picked up our packets, bought some last minute odds and ends like hand warmers, I bought a B2B hoodie and a hat, and we nervously milled around before heading back to the house to start the process of checking the weather again and again and then I spent that evening mulling over what to wear during all the various parts of the race. The forecast was for high steady winds, a chance of rain, and cool temps in the high 40s, low 50s. It was going to be a very cold day! But I spent that evening packing all my bags up and then eating a giant pasta dinner. Here's a few pics of the day...