Abu Dhabi 2013 Diary - Day 2

It was pitch black when I woke up at 5:45am.  I can’t blame jet lag for the early start as Seychelles is in the same time zone as Abu Dhabi.  After 30 minutes of unsuccessfully trying to get back to sleep I got dressed and went downstairs to take the bike out for a quick spin.  When I say quick I mean it – a grand total of 12 minutes.  After making sure everything was working as it should I transitioned to an equally short run. 

By now it was 7:30 am and it looked like it would be a beautiful day, unlike yesterday which was a little hazy and overcast.  The plan was for a short swim at the race start, but rather than get a taxi a few miles down the road to the official swim start, I went to the beach at the hotel.  Wearing the ZEROD VFLEX wetsuit was a real treat and surprisingly, I felt very good in the water.  I say surprisingly because everyone knows I don’t pretend to be a swimmer!  I had a poor swim here last year, so that’s something I’m hoping to rectify tomorrow.

After breakfast I cycled to the transition area with some of the Irish athletes who are racing, where we racked the bikes and transition bags ahead of tomorrow morning.  We were some of the first to arrive, so transition area was pretty empty at the time.  There aren’t many races in the world that have a backdrop to transition like this.

With all the pre-race necessities done, there was nothing left to do but relax for the afternoon.  Dad and I went out for a leisurely lunch a few miles out of town, which gave us a chance to get away from the triathlon buzz for a few hours.  After a great meal we went to the cinema at a nearby mall, which meant a few more hours of sitting down relaxing – definitely the order of the day! 

Strangely, the last two days here have been very similar to last year, in terms of what we’ve done and where we’ve gone.  Everything’s been that much more familiar this year, which is always an advantage.  I feel relaxed and very content, as well as confident in the training that I’ve done over the last 3 months leading up to this race.  Time to see what I can do…