I have so many thoughts and feelings on this race that I am afraid this post is going to be a long one. I typically try to keep them short so I apologize that this is a thousand page epic novel. Without the Hobbits.
The day before the race me and some tri buds headed over to check our bikes into transition, grab our race numbers and chips, hit up the expo, and drive the bike course. During the drive to St. Pete I texted and spoke with Red . She is amazing at calming my nerves and making me laugh. I texted her that I was super nervous and wanted to cry a little. She responded with "There's no crying in try-ing! Lol!" And that made me laugh.
Having never ridden more than 21 miles I knew I wasn't ready for this 25 mile bike ride that lay before me. It's my own fault and I've learned from that under-training mistake. More on that later...
We drove the bike course for what felt like an eternity and I was panicked by the sharp turns, u-turns, and speed bumps I'd have to ride over on race day. And let's be honest, I was just panicked about the race in general. But at least during the ride I had some pre-race fuel to calm my nerves (a little).