Race day is tomorrow and everyone that is registered is anxiously watching the weather for rain. The race sent an official Swim Update email on Thursday, and posted on the Poconos 70.3 Facebook page, that the swim has been officially canceled, due to "river to crest at an extremely high level and currents to run at speeds too dangerous to allow athletes in the water." This is a real bummer, I don't want to swim if the water is unsafe, but at the same time it's no longer a Half Ironman...that was my goal and what I have been training for.
Now on Sunday it will be a Bike and Run "time trial" - 56m bike followed by a 13.1m run. I still think all the rest of the race festivities will be going on and tracking should still be up, even though a third of the race is canceled, it only decreases the mileage from 70.3 to 69.1...but that means I can't get my 70.3 sticker since I will not be doing it. Now I'm contemplating adding another race since I want to be able to say that I did a REAL or FULL Half Ironman, not that I did a HIM once sort of since the swim was canceled.
A special THANK YOU to my parents and to the Plentui (Chris and Kristin) for coming out to cheers us on and support us even though the weather is supposed to be icky AND the swim got canceled :)
The race is on Sunday October 2nd, if you're up for tracking our "time trial" results here is the information you'll need to track us on IronmanLive.com
Laura's Bib = 1283 Tim's Bib = 389
Here is what we'll still be doing on the course, don't get me wrong I realize that doing the bike and run will still be a major accomplishment...