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!
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
13.John Van Wisse
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
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.
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