Flew out to Mallorca with James Cribbin on Tuesday night 5/4/16.. Up early Wednesday morning to collect my TT bike which was shipped over by ShipMyTriBike...but got email to say bike pickup delayed until Thursday morning. Not a good start as I had plans to get out on bike early Wednesday morning. Did a swim set with James in local 25m pool with deep water race starts.. Later we did a stretching and mobility set at the hotel gym.
Staying in a lovely hotel just 5mins walk to race location..... Weather reports were not good so luckily I had extra gear for what ever was going to come on race day... It was 30 degrees last year at this race, but the weather was not promising for this years race. Monsoon rain forecasted for race day. Another concern I had was an Achilles injury which I have had since January..Very little running done since then so taking part in this race was hanging in the balance.. Over the next couple of days my mind was distracted with this problem.. Slowly but surely the pain in the Achilles was subsiding... A lot of rubbing with anti inflammatory gel and pain killers..Looked promising but still unsure.
On Thursday we got to collect the bikes from ShipMyTriBike.. Good way of transporting bikes to races safely.. Great service and have used them many times before. Got to out on the bike then for an hour with a few efforts. More stretching and mobility set. Later I went to race registration to collect my race package. Great buzz as always with Ironman races. People from all over the world were here. Registration complete I went to find James. I found him looking very down. No sign of James on the start list. Luckily he had an email confirming entry and payment made. People from Ironman were sorting the problem and would eventually be rectified. Jimmy would be racing. Back to the hotel and sorted my race numbers on my bike and transition bags. Race belt with race number attached #2981..
On the evening before the race we racked our bikes in transition.. Organised our run and bike transition bags.. Over 3400 people taking part so all those bikes and people in one area was very busy. Everybody concerned about the weather next morning. Alot of worried looking faces..people covering bikes with bags was not a great sight. Got to meet a very famous lady who was packing her run transition bag beside me..Nicola Spirig ( Switzerland) the current Olympic Triathlon Champion.. Very nice woman and we spoke for a few minutes before she kindly stood for a photo with me. She would finish 2nd in the women's pro race.