Race day came quickly. This is the first year that they have split the women's and men's races onto 2 separate days. I was SOOOOOOOOOOO grateful to be racing on Saturday. Race day nerves are bad enough when you DON'T have to watch a race live the day before your own event!!! I felt really bad for the guys who I know want to give us 110% support, but also wanted to stay off their feet. Our guys (both Jim and Mike) prioritized support over racing (within reason) and were there from start to finish all day (THANKS GUYS!). My race morning routine went a little like this:
4:30am- alarm goes off
4:45am- eat breakfast (leftover homemade risotto with chicken in extra bone broth) + coffee
5:15am- leave the house with Sean for T1
5:30am- T1 opens and I head in to pump tires, load nutrition, use the port-a-potty and GET OUT!
5:50am- find a bench outside of transition and sit with my head phones on and my eyes closed
6:54am- VESPA CV25
7:15am- get into my wet-suit (yup, thanks to a deep thermometer, it was a wet-suit legal race)
7:30am- get in the swim coral
7:45am- Beet Elite with 4oz water, VESPA junior and 2 Skratch chews
7:54am- Wave 4 (my wave) goes off!