Day 1 in London

This is going to be a relatively short post today. We caught the red eye out of Toronto and landed in Heathrow around 11:30am London time. I managed to sleep a bit on the plane but poor Peter didn’t. He has been running a marathon of no sleep today.

We managed to get to our hotel by 1:30pm and about an hour and a half later our bikes arrived so everything went well. I have already met a lot of people from the team at the hotel. As well as other teams. We popped into a little cafe to get a caffeine jolt and bumped into the Chinese Junior and Under 23 team. They were getting in trouble from their coach about ordering french fries with their meal. Made me feel really guilty about the fish and chips I had for lunch.

After lunch we found a grocery store and stocked up on some fruit and veggies to snack on and then headed over to Hyde Park. We bumped into more athletes but mostly Canadians. It feels like Canada has taken over Hyde Park. Peter took a few pictures with the iPhone but tomorrow he hopes to get some better shots with the camera he has borrowed from friends. As you can tell it has been raining all day and is suppose to rain for most of the week. It is a whopping 13 degrees celsius during the peak of the day. At the moment the water is warmer than the air.

We plan on waking up at the crack of dawn to test out the bike course when there is little traffic and to get use to the wet roads. I got some great tips from a local cyclist. Mostly beware of the grates, that’s what causes you to wipe out not the paint lines and that the roads in the park are oily. Making them more slick than the rest of the roads in the area.

The pictures are of the finish line set up and the Serpentine, where I swim. As you can see there are a lot of birds. Two weeks ago the lake didn’t pass it’s water quality test. Let’s hope it has improved.

Ps. excuse any bad spelling mistakes or grammar.

Finish Line set up

Grand stands and the blue finish line carpet covered in plastic so it doesn't get ruined.

Grand stands and the blue finish line carpet covered in plastic so it doesn’t get ruined.

Swim BuoysThe birds
This is our practice swim area. It's a sectioned off area that is 100mx25m. A really cool pool. There were a few Canadians testing the water. I hope to get in tomorrow or Wednesday. Don't worry Mat, I'm going in. Cold and all. ;o)

This is our practice swim area. It’s a sectioned off area that is 100mx25m. A really cool pool. There were a few Canadians testing the water. I hope to get in tomorrow or Wednesday. Don’t worry Mat, I’m going in. Cold and all. ;o)

Rainy welcome