It's getting close!!
When we got back I went for another short swim with my other pair of goggles. This time, leaking wasn't so much the issue, but fogging was - and of course I had forgotten to pack my SBR sports Foggles - DARN! Ugggh I will try Lew's goggles today, and if that doesn't work, I will try to buy some new ones at the expo :( The nose issue wasn't as bad as yesterday, but still irritating. I really don't want to try a nose plug b/c I breathe out through my nose underwater (it might be a good idea though), but I may try the vaseline trick - thanks Cara and AJ for the suggestions!!
Swimming with the dolphins was about a block from our hotel, so we headed over in the afternoon. We were supposed to arrive at noon, and the event would start at 12:20....we ended up WAITING until after 1pm. I was a little frustrated (we wanted to ride an easy loop of the bike course before it got dark) but let it go because we are on VACATION and we are going to get to see dolphins! :)
I don't have pictures to show you, since they didn't allow cameras when you were in the dolphin area and they had Kodak photographers taking your picture costing $29 US a pop - no thanks. but here are some I took before.
It was pretty fun though! Everyone in our group got to hug, kiss, dance, pet, and belly-ride with the dolphin. At the end, all the dolphins did a fun little jump show for us!
Although it was fun and entertaining, the dolphin cove seemed very very tiny compared to the endless ocean that the dolphins could be playing in, and the trainers even told us that it was their job to keep the dolphins happy in captivity because they are prone to depression. Really sad and I don't know I feel about that.
After a quick lunch at the hotel, Dan, Lew, and I went back across the street to the convention center with our bikes to pump our tires up and register (opened at 12 while we were at the dolphin cove). Registration went pretty smoothly- it was different than other races because we had to show our passports and they photo-copied them! We also got some pretty sweet jackets, and I really like the hand-bottle!
|Cool artwork at the Expo|
No more than 5 minutes into our ride I got a flat on my back tire. Awesome. The tube was pinched because I wasn't very careful while pumping it up from a completely deflated state. Although I am completely comfortable changing a flat tire with my wheels, I got frustrated and flustered because Dan was telling me what to do (trying to be helpful but I didn't want to hear it- I wanted to get the damn thing done myself), and there were people watching me. Just getting the stupid back wheel on took me forever, which usually is not even an issue. After TEN MINUTES (embarrassing), we finally got on our way.
|View of bike course- southern tip about to head East|
|Thanks for making us feel at home! And the Turkey loves my Kestrel and First Endurance!|
|Gale has the Hard-Rock All-Access card...gotta show it off!|
|The island is SO excited and accommodating!|
I love all the comments and support - Thanks everyone!