Fellow Fab 5’er, Daniel, and I just had a little dinner at Bearno’s Pizza. I ordered a family salad and we each had individual pizzas. Then we walked over to Ironman headquarters at the Galt House and found THIS on the IM registration table! More than a little bummed at the moment.
The mood here is calm. Didn’t see too many racers traipsing about, but did get a look at the mighty bridge that will not be a part of this year’s run course. I think it’s a fair trade for the heat this town keeps pouring on the athletes. Even tonight, the warm winds had me reaching to take my shirt off.
Yeah, we went looking for some action at the Galt House, but didn’t see much other than this hook-n-ladder cruising the strip. I reasoned the mayor must have thought these guys were slacking and told them to go put out some fires. Inside the Galt House, it was a bit festive and Thelma’s Coffee House was clearly open, but nobody was working. Daniel graciously volunteered to serve many of the sleepy competitors. The practice swim is from only from 8-10! And this will not be wetsuit legal. If you’re caught in the river before 8 or after 10 you will be disqualified and escorted out of town in this horse drawn fairy tale.
I really love this town for some reason. I think it’s because it’s so damn cool, but not packed. There are tons of great buildings and cool little places, but it still feels undiscovered. Not to mention, there are a ton of possibilities, and 1,000s of athletes will soon be exploring them.