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  • It's Corky Pike from Ohio! Corky is a camp alumnist and looking forward to a great day tomorrow! With a name like Corky, the swim should be no problem!


    Huddle and Multisports.com athlete, Chuck Graziano. Last year, Chuck crashed his bike at 75-miles but finished with a broken nose and a lot of road rash. This year, things WILL go better!


    The Ironman USA parade was wet but still attracted an enthusiastic crowd. Everyone was happy to see '95 Hawaii Ironman Champ., Karen Smyers in the Timex sponsored Isuzu throwing water bottles with a big smile on her face!


    THE MAN, Dave Scott with Karen Smyers husband, Mike King. Dave's presence is always big at an ironman event (how's he stay so tan?). Ok, so if Mike's on the corner talking to Dave and Karen's in the parade, WHO'S watching Jenna?!


    Welcome to my world! World Triathlon Corporation president, Lew Friedland braves the wet conditions to watch the parade. Lew has been at the helm during an unprecedented rise in popularity for Ironman racing - it's good to be king!


    It's Jimmy Buff of eyada.com fame. Jimmy was still doing his daily 20-hour radio show on e-yada.com the Friday before the race. Tomorrow, we'll see if he can look this good at the end of the swim. Go Jimmy, go!


    In the winter months, the finish line for Ironman USA is a speed skating oval. In the summer when it rains, it becomes the 2-inch deep moat. This is what the turn into the finish line looked like at 7pm on Saturday evening before the race. Hope people are ready for a swim at the end of their marathon!

       
     

    Rain, Rain, Go Away . . .

    If you're reading this, you should probably be logging on to ironmanlive.com and watching the race live! Conditions on the day before the Big Day were on the dismal side of things. Athletes checked their bikes in under grey skies and by 3pm, a steady rain began to fall. Bikes in the transition area are covered with plastic bags and tarps of all description while volunteers work in the wet conditions.

    We're hoping for a better day tomorrow but the forecast doesn't look promising. When asked what the weather looked like, meterologist and professional woman, Mary Uhl (2nd at last year's event) said, "I stopped looking two days ago - it was getting too depressing." That's not good!

    Regardless, the race will go on. Barring thunder and lightning tomorrow morning, the race will start on time. Athletes will have to be particularly careful on the first 1/2 mile of the bike course where the descent is fastest and the turns sharpest.

    Everything looks in place for a great race. On the men's side the finish will probably look something like this:

    1. Cameron Brown (or Jimmy Riccitello)
    2. Jimmy Riccitello (or Cameron Brown)
    3. Cameron Widoff
    4. Tony DeBoom
    5. Peter Kotland
    6. Torbjorn Sinaballe
    7. Alec Rukosuev
    8. Troy Jacobsen
    9. Fred Biondi
    10.Michael Lovato
    11.Pierre Lavoie
    12.Jamey Yon
    13.John Van Wisse
    14.Tim Watson
    15.Henry Sacre

    You can interchange any of the top 7 guys and do the same with the next 8.

    On the women's side, past history would suggest the following finish order:
    1. Melissa Spooner
    2. Lauren Alexander-Trent
    3. Mary Uhl
    4. Andrea Fisher
    5. MaryEllen Powers
    6. Juliana Nievergelt (darkhorse)
    7. Kristen Johnston
    8. Sheri Fraser
    9. Barbara Buenahora
    10.Penny Pecastaing

    Who knows but there's some possibilities. All of these women and men have the potential to pull it off on any given day.

    We'll soon see. Again, point your browser to ironmanlive.com for the day as it happens.

























    Yes, that's a typo - Jimmy Buff does a daily 2-hour radio show - NOT 20 hours!
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