I'm glad that the Days Inn did not work out, as the Best Western is within walking distance of the Ironman village. If we had stayed at the Days Inn, we would have needed a shuttle or bus to get back and forth between the hotel and the village. Given the need for multiple trips back & forth, the BW offers a much more conviencent location.
I was up early, trying to maintain East Coast time, to get a quick run and swim in at the hotel. After having the hotel's free breakfast, which was good, we went to the IM village to check-in and and check out the happenings. It was crazy and intimidating to see so many intense athletes.
After the village we relaxed in the hotel for the remainder of the day...trying to lay low and conserve energy.
Started the day at 7:00AM in the Tempe Town Lake with the 2.4 mile swim. Sweat through the heat and wind of the 112 mile bike. Ran through the exhaustion to finish the 26.2 mile run and Ironman in 14 hours 42 minutes! While a long day, it was an incredible day. Not only did I enjoy competing, but watching all of the other finishers was simply amazing. Even if I wasn't competing, watching the event alone is just inspiring.