I left Calgary at 07:25, arriving in Victoria at 08:10. With the initial fears of my bike not showing up, I got into my rental car and headed to the start to register and put my bike together.
It was a rough registration and warm up. My xlab strap for my water bottle ripped during bike assembly. Luckily I was able to somewhat fix it. I went for a quick warm up to make sure the bike was running smoothly and it was in perfect order - thanks Jeremy for pre-race help in tuning it up.
Next up, registration. Took longer than I thought it would given that there were two Brandon Holterman's registered. Quickly resolved. However, as I was waiting I realized that I had booked too late to get my fancy All World Athlete swim cap. Seriously? Come on Ironman, you can't keep a few extra camps around for late comers??? Kind of bush league. Nonetheless, I was registered.
At this point I realized I forgot my bento box for the bike. Kiss another $40 dollars good bye. Good thing you can buy anything at the expo. Off to a warm up swim.
This was great because I got to meet our TUSA Ambassador John for the first time. Not great, because he dusted me in the swim and it really sunk in how fucking fast this guy is. Annnnnddddddd......what would the swim be without another mishap - I ripped my wetsuit trying to get it over my massive calves, oh the pains of having beautiful calf muscles. No worries, it was still usable.
All was well, but I had enough of the venue. I was racked, warmed up and it was time to relax.
I met Trevor and we went in for a good meal and a walk around Sidney. Then off to bed. 5 am would come very quick.
To give you a lay of the land, below is the course. The swim was moved back to Elk Lake this year - THANK YOU ORGANIZERS. The bike course isn't fast, lots of twists and turns but a gorgeous ride and the run is fantastic, dirt trails and lots and lots of tree cover. A great race all around for anyone considering it.