I had two criteria for selecting my first Half Ironman. First, I wanted the race to be in the US to avoid any International travel and second, I wanted the bike course to be as flat as possible. The Puerto Rico Half Ironman fit the bill pretty nicely. What I did not account for is the heat, humidity and winds. The 10-day forecast for San Juan, Puerto Rico calls for scattered showers, winds averaging 15MPH and average high temperatures in the mid 80s. I am not so worried about the swim, but I am worried about the winds affecting my already weak bike leg, and the heat, humidity and elevations affecting my run leg. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, the athlete guide has been posted. I’m sure I will be going through it pretty thoroughly in the next day or so.
I’m enjoying the slightly easier taper week. After a relatively easy swim yesterday, I went spinning with Babette for just over an hour. Kimberly joined me. Afterwards, I had the best of intentions of getting a green smoothie and some tofu for dinner, but ran into Mark and Shelly at Whole Foods. We ended up at Gordon Biersch where I had a veggie burger and some fruit (after indulging on some chips with cheese and bacon).