Pre-Race IM NO: T-Minus 10 Hours!

>> Saturday, April 04, 2009

Gotta keep this quick!! Here are 6 quick things:

1. Went for a “test swim” in Lake Pontchartrain this morning with our Team Evotri buddies. Here’s Phamrie and I before starting:



And here’s some of the team after we swam for 12-25 minutes:


Yes, the water near the start is THAT shallow!

2. We wandered around Jackson Square, ate some crappy food, and had a good time the rest of the morning. Here’s Pharmie and I in Jackson Square:



3. We found our bikes!! They were shipped a few weeks ago, arrived in NOLA, were put together by Bicycle World, and were waiting for us in transition. Being Goldilocks is a bright gold bike with a white seat and a red computer, I was able to spot her from across transition. Really. Ask Pharmie. I got her set-up and gave her a kiss good-night after leaving her in transition:



4. On the way out of transition, the most amazing thing happened!! A big SUV taxi stopped right in front of us, and out came Chris McCormack (Macca). Yes, THEE MACCA!! I snapped a photo:



And then another:


(notice his bike number...)

Our eyes met (it was magical!) and he cracked a big smile that was a oh-you-must-be-a-fan-because-I-just-caught-you-taking-pictures-of-me sort of smile I stuck out my hand as he walked by and said “Good luck tomorrow!” He said “Hey thanks, man!" as he smiled big and shook my hand! I ran back to the Team Evotri van and IMMEDIATELY had JP touch my hand because he has a HUGE man-crush on Macca. (I might have one too...) That was AWESOME!

5. After a quick rinse back at the house, we took off for supper. I hope that pizza holds up tomorrow!!

6. If anyone wants to track me tomorrow, my number is 1169. Pharmie's is 1730. I think this link should take you right to IM NO athlete tracker: http://ironman.com/events/ironman70.3/neworleans70.3?show=tracker

If anyone stops by to check on us, please leave an up-to-date comment as to how Pharmie and/or I are currently doing so anyone clicking on the comments can see about where we're at! Keep us all in your thoughts tomorrow!! I hope to be back tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon with a quick “we're alive” post when the race is done! Here’s to a great day!!!

39 comments:

Run For Life 10:55 PM, April 04, 2009  

Wow that's ironic because I was just reading Macca's blog, haha. Very cool!!!

Good luck, Steve & Pharmie!!!

Polz├║nkov 11:19 PM, April 04, 2009  

GOOD LUCK GUYS!!!

Good thoughts from Argentina!!!

t-odd 5:33 AM, April 05, 2009  

Good luck and have a great race! I will be tracking you and others so keep moving - I get easily bored. Seeing Macca is SO cool! Is he really THAT tan?

Jess 7:41 AM, April 05, 2009  

I don't know who that guy is, but he sure is nice eye candy!

Good luck today!

trimybest 8:27 AM, April 05, 2009  

common steve!

swin 38:44

t1 4:40

common rock the bike!

get that t2 faster!

marie 9:00 AM, April 05, 2009  

Doh! I've been beat on Steve's status, so here is Pharmie:

TOTAL SWIM 47:13 (6th in the division!!)
T1: SWIM-TO-BIKE 3:38

Way to rock NOLA!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg 10:01 AM, April 05, 2009  

This post made me wish I knew who the H*ll Chris McCormack is so i could share your excitement.

Man, I am SO lame!

Good luck!

Lindsay 10:33 AM, April 05, 2009  

I've had a very similar encounter with Macca... very nice guy, actually chatted a bit with him as we were standing in transition. Started as the "I just caught you admiring" moment too.

Looks like both of your races are off to a good start!

Michelle 10:56 AM, April 05, 2009  

WOOHOO!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!!

blueocean 12:04 PM, April 05, 2009  

BIKE 3:02:11

t2 6:22

now go run a half marathon!

Wendy 12:09 PM, April 05, 2009  

Pharmie: 47:13 swim, 3:38 T1 3:16:16 bike! Run Pharmie, Run!

Brian 12:27 PM, April 05, 2009  

gotta work on cutting down that t2. are you wearing that grim reaper suit again?

KodaFit 1:08 PM, April 05, 2009  

Looks like your still on the run, and rocking it! Looking forward to seeing both your and Pharmie's finish times!

ROCK IT!!!

Missy 1:11 PM, April 05, 2009  

HOLY CRAP, I'd kill for your run split - 1:36!!! AND I mean for a solo run. 5:28 - you gotta be thrilled.

KodaFit 1:12 PM, April 05, 2009  

New PR!!! Sweet Dude!

trimybest 1:12 PM, April 05, 2009  

great job! way to meet your goal!

Wendy 1:21 PM, April 05, 2009  

Well done Steve! Go Pharmie!

Mel 1:36 PM, April 05, 2009  

Awesome job, Steve!! How did you like that heat? A little warmer than MN, huh??!! Can't wait for the report...

Michelle 2:11 PM, April 05, 2009  

WOWOWOWOW!

5.28.25!!! You freaking rock dude!!!

Pharmie is soon to follow!!!!

Julie 2:22 PM, April 05, 2009  

Awesome! I could only dream of doing an IM!

Alili 2:41 PM, April 05, 2009  

Great job out there!!

Wendy 2:49 PM, April 05, 2009  

Way to go Pharmie!!! 6:42:29!!

Judi 2:53 PM, April 05, 2009  

YOU ROCKED THAT RACE STEVE! CONGRATS! XXOO - JUDI

Colleen 3:01 PM, April 05, 2009  

Great job Steve and Pharmie! You both did awesome!!! :)

Dave M 3:19 PM, April 05, 2009  

Yeah!! Woo-hoo! Can't wait to hear all about it.

RunningLaur 3:33 PM, April 05, 2009  

Congratulations on another fantastic race!!!

Kim 3:42 PM, April 05, 2009  

holy mother of hell - you fucking ROCKED NO!!!!!!! congratulations to you and pharmie!!!! you both are quite the speedy couple!

steph 3:43 PM, April 05, 2009  

Nice Job Steve! I shaved your finishing time into your favorite Cat!

Krista 3:44 PM, April 05, 2009  

Looks like you both did amazing!! Your swim and run even came in under your predictions!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Mike 5:41 PM, April 05, 2009  

Steve - I so had you at a 1:34 1/2 mary...what kind of pace is 7:21?!?! ROCKING - way to to do it to it!

chia 5:57 PM, April 05, 2009  

You two are so cool :-) Great job!

I Run for Fun 6:59 PM, April 05, 2009  

Good luck! You guys looks great.

lindsay 8:13 PM, April 05, 2009  

congrats to both of you!!! rest and eat up!

M 8:48 PM, April 05, 2009  

omg that man is beautiful. its almost painful.

Anonymous,  12:22 PM, April 06, 2009  

For a minute I thought the initials on ur wetsuit were CR, pointing to the Crotch Region...my bad!

RunBubbaRun 6:37 AM, April 07, 2009  

Cool pic of the mecca's bike, good to see him in the pic as well.

Hey did you get a new ride as well?

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