As a designated "Pro", I hereby grant you permission to freak out. Go for it.
Oops! Looks like I did it about 4 minutes too early.
With friends like you all......
You know, I hadn't thought about any of that, and certainly not when I clicked "submit" for my first HIM. in fact I felt pretty good about it. TIL NOW!:_| OMG> What did I do!!
Congrats Hobey, you'll be fine:D
The only thing that would cause me to freak out about this race is the first four seconds. I hate jumping into cold water. I read two things about Alcatraz. 1) Someone put extra effort into a wetsuit design to further decrease water coming in the neck. 2) A guy who has done it many times (the race!) puts on his wetsuit way early and does some exercises on the boat to get so hot he looks forward to the cold water.
Sounds like fun though!
It's all good dude. I'm freaking out too, as I got a slot via the lottery too and the swim alone gives me goose bumps.
I just created a blog site to track the experience. Check it out if you like and feel free to add to it too. Best of luck and hit me up if you're going to the training camp weekend of Apr 5/6