Not that Hawaii is a third world country where finding bike spares or buying nutrition or clothes would be difficult, but in my case nothing is ever easy to get as nothing is ‘normal’ – size 14 shoes, XL bike frame etc.
I have 27 days to go, only 15 days until I leave and only 4 weekend days which will enable me to get anything I still need. So this week I have had my biked serviced, double and triple checked – thanks Justin from Swiss Cycles for all the support and help. Before I leave I will still be putting on new tyres and new cleats on my scrubbed Shimano tri shoes (I’ll be using my road shoes for my last few rides before I leave) and of course ensuring that that everything is sparkly clean – that’s the German side of me.
I have been told to pack very little in terms of clothes – literally a couple of pairs of shorts, two or three T-shirts and slops and maybe a track suit for the flight over and back. That leaves space for the edible items I mentioned above as they won’t be coming back with me. They say Hawaii is HOT, HUMID and most importantly casual – the casual part I like!! The rest is all the training and racing gear that I will need while I am there.
Apparently I need to leave plenty of room for all the Iron Man and promotional shirts and gear that I will be picking up at the famous expo. Can’t wait to experience all the Iron Man madness!!