In about 14 hours I will enter the water and begin what hopefully will be a good day. It will be a long day, but a good day nonetheless.
I spent the morning at Windsor High School, where T2 and the finish are located. I have to say that it was one of the fastest registrations I have ever been through. Maybe it was because I arrived just as registration opened. But I have to say that the folks here at Vineman really run an efficient race. I was impressed. I stayed for the race meeting and then made my way down to Guerneville River to investigate the swim course. Plus I needed to time the distance from the hotel to the start.
The swim course looks fine and the water looks calm. It will be a bit warm, close to 72 degrees, which is only a slight concern since my wetsuit can get very warm. At the same time, warm water is a nice thing after dealing with 55 degree water in past swims.
There was lots of discussion by others about the bike course. But all the comments were positive and it appears that the bike course will not be as difficult as it looks. Of course, all that will be confirmed soon enough.
Overall, I feel good about the event. I am nervous, as expected. I am anxious. I am excited.
I just need to stay calm and focused for another 13 hours or so.