I’m not even writing anymore, I’m just taking emails and posting them as my own content with a small disclaimer that Rhae Shaw wrote everything else below and she’s still in Australia and doing some ironman there this weekend I think.
I went to "reg-o" yesterday (ok so really... why isn't it called "reg-i"? it seems most logical that it would be since everything else gets shortened with an "eeeee" to the end. but everyone says reg-o... which makes zero sense to me and now i wonder how things get nicknamed and who is in charge). Anyway - it was the most laid back registration of all time (classic Australian) and I didn't show my license or anything... so you can picture me "dont you want to see my pro card? Please?"
The swag bag has the athlete number screened right on it -- so as i was walking around after everyone knew i was a pro (let the stare down begin) and i was bopping around on my sweet cruiser after i heard a lot of "do you know who she is?". Even though i am sure the answer was "no" in most cases, it still was pretty sweet.
Here is the race bag and the gear:
Those of you that have seen me do this will note how much sweeter this is than in north america:
1) the bags are mesh not plastic. Nice! They are screened with your number, (so pro) but not labelled (huh?) - so i am assuming they are clever and that blue means bike bag and red means run bag -- i will let you know if that turns out to be false and if i am too clever.
2) the cap is silicon and screened with my number, no magic marker here! So pro!
3) the bike frame number is a sticker designed to go around the seat post.
4) you get a race belt
5) the timing chip is gigantic -- so i assume i can update facebook with it from the course.
6) there are no special needs bags (you have to do it on race a.m. i am still confused about this)
7) they dont put IM WA on everything so that you can reuse it. i like that.
So today i did media (no one really wanted to talk to me since i am not Australian), although it was pointed out that i was the highest place Kona finisher from the last 2 years in the race (thank god someone noticed) and that i might be the dark horse. but that still wasnt enough to make up for the fact that i am not australian and dont understand cricket.
I then sat in drug patrol, but wasnt called -- so no peeing in a cup for me.
a few more details about the race:
the bike goes along the ocean where it has been super windy, and then into a forrest... which i wish was thicker, but its still pretty:
the run goes on along streets, the beach and a bike path with the peppermint trees. it is pretty:
i am contemplating doing the race in this:
Here is Luke being pro while we get coffee, yes i spilled some of mine (not pro)
i want to open a bike shop exactly like the fat duck. like most shops in Australia it is a bike shop AND a cafe combined: