Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Brrrrr

Holy Crap it's COLD here! Getting off the plane was one thing; at the airport it was comfortable, but you could still feel that it was chilly (especially in my shorts and t-shirt, "Mr. Florida"). Then at the hotel, closer to the water and a bit more cloudy, it's just plain cold.

Wow, TriSherpaDi and I are wiped out. Of course we didn't sleep much last night, packing and cleaning up the house for the pet sitter (my awesome Sis, Allison and her husband "E") - on the Trimama scale it's a solid 3 1/2 (yes, the bedroom door is closed and locked...). Up at 3:30 to finish packing and be out the door at 5:45 - it was like going to a race for Pete's sake.
Plane rides went without a hitch. Aside from almost losing the Laptop, the flight on Delta was great. Flying over the northern most parts of the Grand Canyon and then the desert over Utah - neat stuff. I'm pretty sure I even saw Half-Dome in Yosemite. Awesome! I got my Garmin (Nuvi - brought it along for tourist-type activities) to work on the plane - it registered our 500mph speed, and confirmed our flying over the Colorado and Green rivers. Pretty cool.

For the first time, I downloaded a slew of podcasts of various authors and just hit "play" on my IPOD Nano. It seems that Simply Stu were the first ones on the cue - and I listened to Stu do interviews non-stop for the 6 hours from Tampa to Atlanta to San Fran. Great interview about base training, listened to Jessi talk about stretching, heard the raceAthlete folks in Temucla, and fell asleep for a while (not out of boredom, but I think I just finally crashed...) for his interview with the XTERRA World Champ Melanie- sorry Stu, aka 1 second man.

Until you drive through San Francisco, it's hard to appreciate the hills of the place. I've been living in flatlands way too long. Not that I'm going to do anything about it any time soon. Probably. They are fun to look at - we'll see how nice they look over my aerobars.

Di and I have decided to crash out and veg for the rest of the night - we are just wiped out. Tomorrow will bring a splash at the Aquatic Park and a run of some length, most likely over a part of the actual run course. Till then...

14 comments:

ShirleyPerly said...

I think growing up in the S.F. Bay Area is definitely why I like Florida and Hawaii so much. I never liked the cold.

Final good luck to you Bigun. Thanks again for your Kona bike course survival tips for my DH.

bigmike600 said...

That shot of the ocean rocks. I lived in Orlando and I went to the beach and saw the ocean but I have never been west. Looks beautiful. I hate to ask.. but what temps do you consider cold?

Duane said...

Man, I can't wait for the race report! Hopefully Mrs Bigun is snapping pics like crazy!

Curly Su said...

have fun at pier 39...try to record the sound of the barking if you can... :)

my mom is in san fran tonight too, walking along the pier...i wonder if you passed her?? :)

greeneyedlady said...

Weather is here - wish you were fine! Seriously, GOOD LUCK!

Myles said...

Oh yeah, san Fran is cold...not the bitter winter cold like Big Mike is probably hinting at but the bone chilling, creeps up on you fog bank cold.

So did you ever buy that chain mail wetsuit we were talking about?
Have GREAT race!

Oh, I think I have my e-mail working but then again that's what I thought last time.

Shelley said...

You are so lucky..despite whatever the weather is..it would be so cool to do that race out there!!

Taconite Boy said...

Trimama and I were in Frisco about 12 years ago...and I still miss it bad. The most beautiful city in the U.S. Enjoy your time!

Wrenching Winz said...

What no sandels and socks?!

I love that cross country flight, flying over the Northern Rockies and seeing the badlands, then driving through them is great.

Seeing the grand canyon from the air and knowing your goiina be backpacking the gorge in a day - oh crap.

mueja said...

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momo said...

have fun, bigun and mrs! i love san francisco and if the water is cold - maybe you'll swim all that much faster!

hey, you kinda look like howie long in that picture...

Iron Benny said...

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Howie Long? I'm just sayin'.

Dan Seifring said...

Iron Benny, I was thinking the same thing. Howie Long all the way.

Bolder said...

howie long or not.

that's a great pic of you!