At 1:30am I touched down in Abu Dhabi, arriving at the hotel an hour later. During the 4 hour flight from Seychelles I’d drifted in and out of sleep and was pretty tired by the time I got into bed. Fortunately I managed to get a few more hours of sleep before heading to the breakfast buffet. As we’re staying at the race hotel, breakfast turned out to be a turn-out of the who’s who of the triathlon world. Another perk of staying at the race hotel is that race registration is on site, so I only had to go down a few floors to register! Putting my bike together was a breeze, although I’m always secretly relieved when everything arrives safely in one piece.
In the afternoon I had the honour of meeting the Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles to Abu Dhabi, who had graciously taken the time to personally wish me luck for this weekend’s race. In the evening I headed out for a 30 minute run, which was at a reasonably steady pace. It felt good to get out on the run course and remind myself of the route we’ll cover on Saturday. It’s flat and should be fast, so I’m excited to see how I can go.
There were two race briefings, one this evening and one tomorrow evening. Wanting to get it out of the way as early as possible, I met up with Matt Molloy and walked to the Hiltonia Beach Club where the briefing was held outdoors. The organisers did a great job of keeping the briefing short and to the point, which athletes always appreciate.
The plan for tomorrow is to do a short swim-bike-run session in the morning, rack the bike and transition bags and relax. There’s nothing more that can be done, so from here on in it’s simply a case of resting up and focussing mentally on the task ahead.