It's getting down to the wire, and I'm still running with some physical aches & pains, but mentally I'm thrilled to have found someone to crew for me - my new "personal coach" Diana Wightman. It's so great to embark on an adventure and have someone working with you who's just as excited & enthusiastic - if not more - than you are! Between us, we have a lot of stuff to carry across the ocean; the list seems to get longer each time we talk. We meet up at Berlin Tegel airport 12 short days from now, and drive to the start in Stralsund.
My enforced taper continues as I head to the start line. My necessarily conservative first couple of stages might work to my advantage later in the race as those who are better prepared do too much, too soon (at least that's my working hypothesis). Well, we'll see.