Estoy Aqui!! Cozumel.... WOW! Already the Spanish is flowing, (mine more like flops than flows, but you know what I mean)... burritos are in my belly, and the race is another day closer! For the first time ever I wish the race was manana! Usually I want a few more days...I'm excited in this breath, this moment, this second to go swimbikerun! It's like a dream to be surrounded by so much blue! It's an island but not like Hawaii, it's little here, like 3 bike loops of the Ironman bike course pretty much covers most the island, little.
Let's talk about my discoveries so far, (remember, things change from now till race day), but so far.... it has been so hot that I was pretty sure someone was putting me in the oven to cook me for turkey dinner. It has been so cold (like right now), that I am wishing I had on a jacket. The wind has not stopped and it is MORE than the winds I know of Hawi, no wonder they said NO DISC WHEELS!. I'm pretty sure if the ocean continues as it is we can call it "treadmill swimming" thanks to the current, and the chop, I like it, a lot! This mi amigo es Mexico, and that must be why the race shirt says, "It takes an Ironman to conquer this island". Wow, unbelievable in so many ways, mostly beautiful and blue
Other discoveries that I have never undiscovered is how TRULY blessed I am to have this opportunity! I pinched myself the entire flight over the sea on the way to Cozumel...and you better believe race day when it's hot like an oven, windy, and choppy, when I feel like puking or whatever the day brings, I will still be thankful to be in those moments than any other...
I have also discovered the people in Mexico are SO KIND! Not really a shocker, I've spent enough time in Latin America to know most the people of this culture have giant hearts, welcoming hands, and a lot of appreciation for the simple things. Speaking of simple... no Internet in the rooms and zero phone service for me! LOVE it!! However, the lobby has internet so I can still check in back home from time to time. AND Coach, I will find a way to call you!
As race day gets closer and while it's still Thanksgiving Day, THANK YOU to my sponsors, supporters, friends, family, coach, and manager for making this trip, this coming Ironman, part of my life. Beyond any of my wildest dreams...to be here in Mexico...another country, another Ironman! I just wish Kainoa was here, everything reminds me of him, including the fact the hotel has child care on the beach, with a play ground, kiddie pools, and beach toys galore for $5 an hour! He could have his own Ironman while I'm racing mine!
Thanks a lot for all the wonderful messages, I will be thinking of you all 140.6 miles long! "Muchas gracias para todos los mensajes. Los llevo a todos en mi corazon-140.6 millas!"
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