There's a lot that goes into a Theme-Park Triathlon.
Mental preparation: although I already know the course, I still skim my version of an Athletes Guide
. The guide contains all the elements for putting together an effective race plan.
Physical preparation: do a half-Ironman the day before, have a dinner featuring red meat and starches, and then rehydrate with beer. Sleep as a proverbial log. Have breakfast featuring scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuit, hashbrowns, and iced tea.Start
Take the boat service from the Wilderness Lodge dock to the Magic Kingdom dock at about 08:30h. It's a mass start, so seeding is important. I edge to the right hand side, and press toward the middle of the pack. Too far forward and one has a poor view of the opening ceremonies at 08:50h (the "Good Morning" song, train drive-by of Disney characters, and official pixie-dust sprinkling). When the rope drops, just dodging the slow-moving strollers (singles and caravans) is enough to have a good start on a Monday out of high season.Leg 1: Magic Kingdom
o Space Mountain;
o Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin;
o Peter Pan's Flight;
o The Many Adventures of Winnie-The-Pooh;
o The Haunted Mansion;
o Splash Mountain;
o Pirates of the Caribbean (the addition of Captain Jack Sparrow makes for a more evident narrative to the ride);
o Mickey's PhilharMagic; and then
o 11:45 Dreams Come True Show.
Alright, I'm ahead of the game!
Nutrition is important: I've loaded up on chocolate icecream. Hydration: water and iced latte.
Look at merchandise; some of it makes me feel quite at home:T1
Monorail to Epcot. Because IT'S A MONORAIL!Leg 2: Epcot
Topiarists have been busy:
o grab FASTPASS for Soarin' (required even on a slow day);
o Journey Into Imagination with Figment (I miss the old song);
o The Seas with Nemo and Friends;
o Turtle Talk with Crush (spot fellow athlete from T.O. crew Blair Larsen with family in tow - hey, it's a small world!);
o Ellen's Energy Adventure;
o The Circle of Life;
o Living with the Land; and then
o Soarin' (most excellent).
Nutrition: Mickey-shaped chocolate-dipped vanilla icecream. Burger. Fries.
Hydration: water and iced tea.T2
Bus to Disney/MGM.Leg 3: Disney/MGM
All live shows are over, save the closing Fantasmic. A float for "Disney's High School Musical Pep Rally" does go by, though. The float features attractive 20-something women dancing in cheerleader outfits. Let's count that as at least the first part of a dream coming true.
o Star Tours (hey, it is the 30th aniversary of Star Wars
, almost to the day).
It's past 18:00h and my ability to have fun is bonking. Exit the gate (a.k.a. finisher's chute).Post-event
Bus back to Wilderness Lodge. Dinner in the Territory Lounge. Start thinking about Florida 70.3 2008 with two days at the Disney parks and one at Universal.