Pre-Race Since Wake Forest is more than 2 hours from home, I traveled to the race site on Friday. I had a 2-mile shake-out run and short swim on my training plan for the day, so I ran a mile out on the out and back run course, covering the first and last mile of the race. I was able to find some pace on the last mile, which was a big confidence boost to store away for the race. My swim was SUPER short, because the reservoir was super murky... I found my hotel (20 minutes away) and went to waffle house for a waffle dinner. My alarm was set for 4:00 allowing me time for coffee and breakfast. I arrived at transition right as it opened at 6:30 am. My race didn't start until after 8, but I always prefer to be one of the first to transition. On this day it paid off with a super sweet parking spot right by transition! I met a few fellow Team Zoot teammates and sat to write my morning goal post. I do like to have this extra time, even when it means a super early wake-up time!