It’s Saturday morning and I am out in Reno, Nevada. I got out here last night. The trip went well. I had to drive to the airport, take a short 1 hour flight to San Francisco, them take and even shorter (22 minute) flight into Reno.
Just as I landed, my team mates had arrived and saved me from taking the shuttle. They picked me up and I rode in an ice chest over to the hotel where we managed to get everything unloaded and into the rooms.
Today will be full of bike and vehicle checks, a short ride to make sure out equipment is all dialed in, and a drive though the first part of the course so the our crew is confident they know the proper tuns for the route in to the finish.
I’m full of a mix of emotions as I watch the sun start to crest over the mountains just outside my window. The orange and red glow just seam to radiate off the hill top. First, I miss my wife and daughter. Secondly, I am excited to put all the hard work that I have done in training to the test and see where I stack up with the other athletes that ere crazy enough to attempt this race. Thirdly, and most important, I am extremely nervous. I have had problems on both of our training rides. I am fairly sure that I have worked out my problems, but I won’t really know until I pass the true test, the Silver State 508.