Got to Minneapolis/St. Paul no problem today. Once at the airport, the support from the TCM staff and volunteers has been amazing. Friendly folks who are very willing to help and make the experience the best. Got to the host hotel via a van with just me and the driver who was great. Met Ed Torres (from the CU Buffalos, I just read about this guy) and Chad Johnson from Hanson-Brooks team. Got checked in at the hospitality suite, signed up for massages and then headed to my hotel about a 5 minute walk away. The driver who drove me to the hotel was from Pocatello, ID...small world.
Waited at the hotel until Logan, Seth and Megan called then walked over to meet them at the "suite". They got checked in, then we went for a easy ~4M (32:00) run along the Mississippi River. As we were heading back, we ran into Alberto Salazar and Kara Goucher out for a run and said hello! How cool is that!
Got showered and then went to the VIP reception with Logan and Seth (and Megan) for some food and to listen to the presenters...man the TCM does a lot for kids charities and to promote kids health. Then Logan and I went to the "suite" for the massage and had a nice relaxing and revitalizing massage. Met and talked with Tracy Lokken, last year's Master's champ.
Now off to sleep, then and easy run in the morning, a course tour, technical meeting, souvenir shopping and the pasty party. Then, the race on Sunday!
Tangent 3 - 36 miles