and, to tell you the truth, it was (what I think) is the closest I have ever come to having a panic attack. no joke. my heart was racing, there was one point that i was so "paralyzed" that I couldn't even write my references, despite know that was the only thing left on my ethics paper. but i made it.
and, wow. Here I am, once again, in the Big Easy.
And, I have already seen Tim Robbins in a cocktail bar I was having a drink in. and Mirinda Carfrae in a Q&A session for ironman. and people in the street playing jazz. Are you kidding me? This place is awesome.
I am so excited to be back in this city, where I did my first 1/2 Ironman ever back in 2009. It hurt like hell. but, i loved it. And now... I am back for more. This was us, back then.
however, what is not awesome is the weather. Don't get me wrong. Today and yesterday were BEAUTIFUL. couldn't wish for better, actually.
Last year, this race turned into a duathlon. This year... it might be so as well. And, I hate that. HATE HATE HATE. i know that the race directors can't control weather. really. but, i know that a lot of my racing depends on my swimming strength. And, I don't want to miss out on that.
and, so, now I am nervous. i am somewhat nervous that it is not going to turn out the way that I am hoping for it to turn out, and it will really annoy me.
nevertheless. I am really happy to be here. I am SO EXCITED that I am going in an hour to pick up my beloved at the airport, for him to join me. I don't think that he has ever been to the southern states. And despite the fact that the big easy is way different from the rest of the southern states... it is pretty amazing here.
next post: race report.