Friday, August 10, 2012

Race Ready

Liz here, reporting race details for Greg.

Betty Wakeling
It's the day before the race. Is he ready? Hopefully! He sure has prepared and worked hard for this. Like the last Ironman, this race will come with its own challenges. It already has. But with God's help, and inspiration from pictures of loved ones affected by Alzheimer's, he will make it to the finish line.

Irene Peterson
First things first though... There was a sewage spill up the river, and the race director has just reported that the water is clear for swimming. That is, unless the recent storms continue to morning and there is lightning. In that case, the race would be delayed for 30 minutes, and the swim cancelled if the lightning continues. That small detail aside, here is what you need to know for tomorrow:

  • Greg's race # is 207.
  • You can follow him on, beginning at 6:30am EST (3:30am CA time). Or, you know, whenever you wake up.
  • You can also follow him on the iPhone app "Iron Trac" - it costs $0.99 but I'm sure it's worth it if you're out and about (like me!) and want to check in on how Greg's doing.
  • Greg's race will start somewhere between 7am and 7:30am EST, and these are his predicted times:
    • SWIM: 1hr40min
    • BIKE: 6hr35min
    • RUN: 4hr48min12sec (11min/mile pace)
    • TOTAL: 13hr35min (including transitions)
    Greg with Delores Eaton
  • Be sure to check for pictures and updates on my Facebook page, or Greg's - I'll tag him in anything I post. Friend either one of us, if you haven't already!
Mrs. Schelger
The logistics for the race are going to be quite tricky, as if just making it to the start line healthy and injury-free isn't hard enough in and of itself! Greg will join the others on a 4am ferry to the transition, drop off his last minute gear, then board a 6am ferry to the swim start. That's the end of the logistics for Greg, and as long as I can make it on the ferry to the finish line, and we can get on the ferry back to the hotel, we'll be all set!

MaryAlice Michelsen
Along the course, Greg will have posters and pictures to inspire him and remind him why he's racing. It's easy to lose track of this when you're pushing your body to the limit.

Uncle Ron
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. We're looking forward to sharing the day with you!

Liz (& Greg)

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