For the last two years, time has moved very slowly towards the start of this race. Now it seems to be picking up the pace. I have several big things I need to get done before the start - a family wedding in New Jersey, retiring from my corporate job after 23 years, getting all my equipment together and carefully packing it, running a decent number of final training miles, and then travelling to the UK for a few days to see my family, before flying on to Bari in Italy.
My chief nutritionist Claire has recently switched me to a veggie "Engine 2" diet. I feel surprisingly good - plenty of energy, and a certain "lightness of being". And it's all very tasty. I gave up alcohol last July, and now goodbye to meat and dairy, at least until the race gets underway. What an ascetic life!