I got to Tempe on Tuesday and have been doing the usual pre-race routines.  The weather here is amazing, and ASU seems like it would be an amazing place to go to school. 

The last two weeks have been stressful, my sickness hung around and turned into a sinus infection, I just finished my antibiotics yesterday.  I am still snotty, but my body seems to be feeling good.  I have been a bit down, thinking that all that work I put in was in jepardy because I was sick, but I have put all that behind me now and am feeling pretty good about the race.  I know I just have to go out and do what I can do. 

I have been very tentative with my goals about this race, but at this point I feel safe in posting them for the world to see.  I generally use a three tiered goal system (thanks Ann) but for this race I am going to throw in an honerable mention 4th.  Here they are:

1)  My ultimate goal is to Qualify for Kona, if all goes right I am confidant this will be achieved.

2) Sub 10 hours, this in turn should get me to kona, but you never know what the rest of the field will do.  This also should be achieved if all goes right.

3) If I run into some problems, but still find a way to put in a solid day, I will be happy with a sub 10:30.

4) I am aware that this is my first Ironman, and I really don’t know what to expect and anything can happen, so crossing that line under 17 hours will be an accomplishment I can hang my hat on.

So there you have it.  All that is left to do now is prepare my my bike and nutrition and execute my plan.  Thanks to everyone that has supported me throughout this training process.  Especially my wife and son!  I will be thinking of all of you as I spend my day looping around tempe.

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