It’s now 11 PM and I’ve been tossing and turning for the last hour, trying to get to sleep. I need to get up in about 5 1/2 hours and the anxiousness has made me restless. So why not kill some time and make a quick post!

This morning we spent some more time in the water, this time practicing swimming around buoys, both with and without wet suits. The salt water didn’t bother me as much this time, so I’m feeling a little more sure about that.

We also had a “shake out” ride this afternoon to make sure our bikes were in proper working order. We followed the run route so it was nice to get a preview of what we’ll be seeing on foot and get a sense of the distance, terrain, and turn around point. When we got back from the ride we dropped our bikes off at the transition area and found our spot along the racks. Afterward, a number of us headed to the stairs at the swim exit to wait for everyone else to do the same. While waiting we saw 3 dolphins near shore. At one point two of them got playful and leapt fully out of the water. I’m taking that as a good omen of the fun times ahead.

Tonight before the inspiration dinner a brief rain storm blew through. That was a surprise, as I hadn’t seen any rain predicted the last time I checked the forecast. We ended up taking taxies and shuttles to the hotel where the dinner was being held. Thankfully there is no rain in the forecast for tomorrow morning.

That’s all for now. I probably won’t make an update in the morning. See you on the other side!

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