Nearly time !!!! Good sleep last night –10 hours in bed– 5 pancakes, cereal and fruit for breakfast. It’s 10.47 am — at 12pm it’s time for drug testing and race briefing, which will no doubt warn us about about the giant ducks that roam the course (Beat Knechtle broke his shoulder after crashing into one last year). We’ll also be told “no nudity” or you will be disqualified!
We are now sharing our room with Sergio Cordeiro, a Brazilian and his support crew, Luis. Sergio is quite a character… he often runs barefoot — I once saw him run 78 miles in the Germany Triple Ironman barefoot. Unfortunately for him, his bike is still in Rio. He is amazingly relaxed about it, considering it is only 22 hours to the race start.
Last night we walked down the crazy highway to buy vital supplies and to dine at the Stockade — a big sirloin steak being the order of the day. We are hoping to get a tent today so that I can sleep at the trackside instead of having to come up to our 3rd floor room, so tonight may be the last I see of my bed for a week or so.
I feel ready for the challenge and mentally in a good place — this is vital as so much of a race like this is played out in the head. So please keep the messages of support coming . John will be constantly reporting and updating the site with Joanna’s help. John will relay all the messages to me and they help enormously – I have to draw on every bit of help possible.
I think that’s it from me – I’ll be busy from now on and all reports will be from John. I received a good Churchill quote from my friend Mike Rudd today “You’ve got to keep buggering on” — I’ll do my best to keep buggering on !! Cheers Mike.
Bye for now