Yes, I did read the entire thread and I think he will kill it! His location seems to be more contemporary/readily available for the race as he lives centrally (within 10 hours) from the resorts and has a long plan. Mine is more of a dash, then 2 weeks off, then another dash due to work situations.
Any insight as to the plausibility of myself being able to complete the US leg? I cannot take off more days at work as I have a high up position in the company and they cannot hold it for over 1.5 weeks (without circumstance)