Bike in box in pictures:
I packed the bike so well that I ended up being overweight at 68 lbs and consequently needed to re-arrange the baggage in order to avoid paying an extra $50. Although it was a disaster near the counter for a few minutes, the strict Virgin representative left and I ended up not having to pay for the bike - No overweight, No oversize, No bike fee - Thank you Virgin.
Flight went well. Arrived in San Fran. Bike made it safely. Happy to see my parents. All in all a positive experience so far.
However, it is COLD in San Fran! Not the ideal environment for a race... I should have thought about this a few months back. I am sure seeing all my fellow triathletes in a few days will get me in the mood!
(For those wondering... I, of course, "checked out" lean tall woman in the airport wondering if they could potentially be my competition! Shocking! )