|Anne and I at the swim beach at Lake Couer d' Alene|
|Nicole, Anne, Michele and Nancy were the best support crew EVER. Beth and Keith were my constant training partners that I was very excited to spend the race day with!|
|My calm before the storm! I was checked in and ready to race.|
The days leading up to the race were spent working on last minute race plans, testing the water (which was really cold both times that I tried swimming in it) and getting myself in a mental place that would allow me to spent almost an entire day racing. It was a sun up to sun down challenge that could not last longer than 17 hours. I was gearing up for my first try at the Ironman distance triathlon. Anne arrived the day before and she went straight to work making my life easier and doing everything she could to help me get ready. We were staying in a house with the 3 others that arrived at Panera Bread Company 1 year before and signed up together. We also added a few to bring the total racer count to 6.
|These are the bags you grab before heading to the changing tent in T1|