The story of this year, I thought, was going to be the water temperature. Reports were that the water temperature was 80-81 and the use of wetsuits was unlikely. I am not a confident swimmer without a wetsuit, was hopeful that some miracle would happen, and packed both a full and a sleeveless one just in case. Friday morning I had planned an open water swim and I decided to do it without a wetsuit just to see how it would be. I realized that I haven't swam in real open water in a long time due to injuries but most of my open water was in salt water so that wasn't an issue. The water was a choppy and on the warm side (I estimated 80 since it felt a little cooler than my pool which is set to 82) but the wind was kicking up. I did fine but some of the other folks swimming were commenting about how rough it was. After my swim I felt that no wetsuit could be an option even though both times I've raced without a wetsuit can be described as epic failures.
The rest of the day was dealing with administration stuff. I had to check in. I had to get my bike from the transport guys. I had to check out the expo. I only bought some necessities (2 gels and CO2 cartridges) but did buy the 110% compression/ice sleeves for my calf. I thought the idea cool (pun not intended). They were expensive but my wife commented that must be happy since I had everything already else already.
We ended Friday at Tropicana Field. It was an ugly game (Angels 8 with 17 hits, Rays 5). It is always fun to watch how other teams entertain the crowds and baseball, after all, is still baseball. Somehow baseball mellows me out. I didn't know I would need that though but it was good that I did get a dose of mellow.
More to come tomorrow!