The Antwerp 70.3 is coming rather too quickly. Getting there is half the battle, maybe more. Packing the bikes was a colussal PIA. So what does every smart person do when faced with such a huge task. You punt. That’s right, I shirked all resposnibilty for packing 2 Luceros, 4 wheels, 3 water bottles, 2 pair of running shoes, 2 wetsuits, 2 spare tubes, 2 helmets, 2 sets of pedals, 2 aero seat posts with seats still attached, 2 timing chip straps, 1 race belt, 1 set of tire levers, 1 pedal wrench, 1 set of torque bits, 1 torque wrench, 1 full size pump w/ the crack pipe attached. This is what one hour of watching bikes magically pack themselves looks like.
But I don’t want you to think I didn’t help. I did, and my contributions were vital to the success of getting the bikes packed. The pedal wrench isn’t just going to let itself into the torque wrench case, someone (me) has to manually unscrew the torque wrench case cap, insert said pedal wrench then screw the cap back on. I also placed the timing chip straps and the race number belt in the case. Oh, and I stuck 1 running shoe in the case. Without those vital bits of assistance who knows, we may still be trying to figure out that the torque wrench and pedal wrench can travel together and where to stick my racing flat. If it wasn’t my racing flat, I may have punted on that. But since a pair of running shoes is vital to running, I had to man up and stick the shoe in there somewhere.
As for that race, this was going to be the main race of my season. I wanted to break 4:10 on a legit half IM course. With all the time being sick and the amount of training time missed, I’m going to be a bit behind that time. About 3.5km behind. No worries though. I’ll do a bit of sight seeing, drink some beer, walk around a bit, drink more beer, meet some new people and squeeze in a race at some point. It’s all good, and beer makes it better.