It is a little after 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, during the heat of the day. Wayne got an early start, but has not been able to keep a steady pace. He stopped at lunch for a break and hopefully can rebound in the afternoon. Michelle has passed him and continues to add to the gap between them. The brain is willing, but the body is rebelling. He has twenty five laps to go, about a 50K. I will try to get him to eat, but he has been stubborn in that respect. Elke now has her sights on third place. She was upset that her crew did not wake her this morning and is now running two laps to each lap that Wayne is running. If he can keep his lap times under twenty-two minutes, he should be able to hold her off. Andreas has about six laps to go and will get the victory early this evening.
In the deca race, the leaders are at the 1500 kilometer mark. They should finish the bike tomorrow morning and begin the run.
The transition area is an interesting place each morning. We are usually the first to arrive, if we don´t sleep there. Many racers retire for the night and begin arriving around 4:00 a.m. Then the support crews arrive and by 7:00 a.m. the area begins to come alive.
The kitchen is open around the clock and the ladies there continue to amaze me with the many various menu items. I have been able to sample many mexican food items, and am even learning how to pronounce them.