The previous posts showed photographs of what happened over the last few days. Today we registered, and got our red wrist-bands. The race package included a pair of Ironman slippers; mine was size 12 (choice of 10 or 12). There was no competitor t-shirt, and the rest of the freebies were a packet of electrolytes, bag of crisps, protein bar, and a banana. I hope that we get a great finisher's tee and medal at the end of the line.
Had the Carbo-Party this evening, and met many Kona-able (thanks to Clifford Lee for this term) participants: sub-11 and sub-10 podium-potentials. The food was standard race-grub, and I enjoyed the stage events, mostly. Mike Riley - Voice of Ironman Hawaii - was there to co-emcee with another Kiwi ex-pro. The highlight as a participant who belonged to the original gang of 12 in Ironman's infancy. His old photos of him racing in cuttoff-jeans was a laugh, but it humbling that these founders are fondly remembered by us 30 years later! It was humbling, yet a proud moment for first-timers and multiple-finishers.
More tomorrow, if I can. Race Day on Saturday. Check-in and race-briefing tomorrow. About a dozen Singaporeans and expats signed up and appeared. Good luck to them all! I am glad I can race, albeit carefully.