2015 Augusta 70.3 – Part 1

It’s been about 2 weeks since I became an Ironman 70.3 Finisher. It’s still sinking in. It’s too much for one post! Let’s discuss the days leading up to the big show.

Thursday

I worked Thursday and then we left shortly after work. IMG_5258We decided to get the majority of the driving done on Thursday so we could sleep in on Friday and just a tiny drive that morning. Danny has been an amazing better half, support system, and good spirited guy. I drove the entire evening drive to Conyers, GA. But first we had to stop and grab some dinner before laying our heads down for the evening.

So what do we do?! Carb up at Cracker Barrel of course. Fun fact, there’s a Cracker Barrel roughly every 30 minutes on major interstate. Ta-da! The more you know…

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We had to drive though some crazy rain. Poor Big Blue got a little bit wet, but she managed to come out of it all just fine. We did decide that I needed a bike cover for her to keep her from getting so rain soaked.

Friday

The great thing about Hampton Inn’s are free breakfast! I carbed up with a waffle with peanut butter and sugar free syrup. IMG_5267Ate it too quick to think about taking a picture.
We only had about a 2 hour drive to the Augusta Convention Center – just a straight shot down I20…basically. We might have missed our exit and took the scenic route to South Carolina. =D

Before we got to the convention center, I mixed us up some Shakeology treats so we could get our balanced nutrition before heading into the Racer Village. I’ve been to many a road race expos but never an Ironman, so I didn’t know what to expect at this one.

 

It was not as amazing as I visioned, but fun nonetheless.

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We arrived at the Athlete Village! But they only let 10 people in at a time. In order to get into the Village, you had to do all your racer check-in nonsense. To keep the lines shorter, they corralled us and let us in as small groups.

My year of birth was wrong on my entry, and the little blue-haired lady wouldn’t accept it. She B-lined me directly to the table to get all my information changed. This actually bumped me up to a 20 minute earlier start and a different colored swim cap. IMG_5275

 

 

After the expo Village and my mandatory highly suggested Athlete Information Meeting, we decided to take a trip to the Transition Area so we knew where to drop off my bike the next day. They were just putting up all the inflatables!

 

Once we knew where to go the next day it was time to get checked in to the hotel and get cleaned up for our evening adventures.

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Most of the cool places to go in Augusta are all along one main drag. Danny wanted sushi, so we decided to check out this place called Sole which had sushi and tapas. GREAT place. We ended up dated a lot of tapas because everything looked awesome.

We started with some beef tataki , got some fried grit/cheese concoction, and a sushi roll! We also got a lesson in gin from the owner and the bartenders – apparently gin is making a comeback with a less piney smell/taste. Yippee!

We wanted to try some other places on our only free night before the race, so we headed over to Hive Growler Bar.

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SO many fantastic beers that we don’t have access to. Another great thing about there beers is that you could get a flight sized beer, a pint sized or get a growler filled!

And they have some pretty awesome social media that integrates into what your drinking. I checked a beer in on my Untappd app and then I appeared on the screen in the bar as checked in, drinking that beer, and my comments about it. So you can see what’s popular at that time and what others are saying about it.

We also had to try some food. We opted for the poutine which was delicious!

That wraps up our evening. Next up will be the day before the race.

Here’s some of the rest of the pics from our adventures!

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