>> Friday, April 03, 2009
Hi everyone! Pharmie and I made it down to New Orleans in good shape earlier today! We still haven’t been able to see our bikes since they’ve been shipped, but we’re hoping for the best! (YIKES!) Supposedly they will be waiting for us in transition tomorrow.
We wait for tri-buddy TriSaraTops at the airport - she flew in just after us. From there, we went straight to a Team Evotri meet-up. No, we’re not part of the team, but we’re buddies with all of the team, so they always say we’re basically "one of them."
IT WAS THE SWEETEST MEET-UP IN THE HISTORY OF MEET-UPS!! We got to sit in on a SimplyStu interview with triathlon superstars Desiree Ficker, Chris McDonald, Linsey Corbin, and Heather Gollnick!! I was taking pictures the whole time for Stu (so I wasn’t in any of the photos), but here’s a photo I took of those 4:
Heather, Chris, Linsey, and Desiree
Heather Gollnick - IM WI 2X winner, 4X IM winner, and 75 overall career wins!
Chris McDonald - Soma Half IM 2008: 1st place and Course Record; IM WI 2008: 1st place and Course Record; IM Louisville: 2nd place and Course Record set for the bike, and I got to see him finish 2nd at IM WI 2006!
Linsey Corbin - IM World Championships 2008: 5th place; Lake Stevens Half IM 2008: 2nd place; New Balance Half IM: 1st place; Baja Half IM 2007: 1st place; Vancouver Half IM 2007: 1st place
Desiree Ficker - South Africa Half IM: 1st place; Boise Half IM 2008: 2nd place; Timberland Half IM 2007: 1st place; IM World Championships 2006: 2nd place!!!, etc. etc.
Heather is sassy and funny! Her family is great! Chris is laid back and is the type of guy you’d be able to sit and have a beer with. Linsey is sweet, funny, and has a nice and personable hubby (great legs too!! [I'm talking about Linsey, but I'm sure her hubby has great legs as well...]). And I didn’t get to chat much with Desiree. Damn.
After that, we got signed-in for the race, nearly bumped into Chris McCormack (Macca) as he was dropping off his bike, had a quick bite with the Evotri group, and got settled into the home we’re renting with our Evotri buddies (which is AMAZING!), and now we're all winding down watching Rambo on TV.
Tomorrow, we’re hitting the water for a quick swim, and maybe a quick ride to make sure Goldilocks is going to hold up. OK, time to get ready for bed!