I went to pick up my race packet yesterday, and stayed for a brief course talk. While I was waiting for the talk to start I chatted with some of the other participants. All first-timers. All in the race just for fun.
The course talk was held in the very same room I sat in a few months ago for a "first tri" clinic. But the mood in the room yesterday was one of excitement and comeraderie. And this time I actually felt like I belonged.
I am so excited for tomorrow!