Day 2 in London

Big Ben, Big Swimmer .. Why not?!

Today was FUN! Peter and I got up just after 6:00am, grabbed a banana and hit the bike course before the traffic started. Best decision! The course will be completely closed off starting tonight and by 9:00am there are too many cars, pedestrians, cyclists and birds to be able to ride properly. We were joined by a Brazillian, an American and a few Auzzies …. sounds like the beginning of a great joke, right? We literally had the park to ourselves and practiced all the technical sections at various speeds. This course is fast! It does have a hill with a 3% grade for 1km but the winding section has a fantastic flow to it. With the right line I should be able to hold my speed through the corners.

Afterwards we headed for breakfast and then toured London. Managed to get lost on the Tube several times, check out Peter’s Ace Cafe (a motorcycle cafe dedicated to cafe racers) and then headed back to the hotel. After a rest I hit the run course. Hyde Park is absolutely beautiful to run in. Nicely groomed trails with lots of room and lots to see. I have to complete 2 loops of the serpentine for the race. It also has a deceiving hill climb or false flat.

Lindsey he is getting the hang of the camera but he also gets side tracked. I was on my third loop when I finally flagged him down.

Lindsey he is getting the hang of the camera but he also gets side tracked. I was on my third loop when I finally flagged him down.

Crossing the Serpentine Bridge
Most importantly my run felt comfortable and my foot felt good, especially considering I spent the morning walking all over London. It also helped shake off some jitters that were building. It’s hard not to get nervous watching other athletes training or even talking. So many have been competing for years and are very serious. The first question everyone asks is which race are you in and then what time are you hoping for, followed by a long list of racing accomplishments. It can be overwhelming. I keep reminding myself that I only started 4 years ago and started from scratch. I’m ahead of the game. Either way my run helped me clear my head and remember that I am quietly confident. ;o)
Notice all the layers go back on after the run. It has definitely been a day for layers.

Notice all the layers go back on after the run. It has definitely been a day for layers.

We finished off the night having the most delicious Indian Dinner with some Canadian Team Mates. As a side note Canada has 419 athletes competing. Rumour is we are the second largest team here. And you can tell! Everywhere you look you see red Canadian jackets.
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I have been meeting so many people from other countries we’ve decided to document it with photos. At the end of the week we are going to make a collage of all the pictures. It’s been a fun project and keeps the focus on enjoying the moment for what it is … an unbelievable opportunity.

I was told the swim is crisp ... I get to find out tomorrow.

I was told the swim is crisp … I get to find out tomorrow.

For my friend Erika

For my friend Erika

There is a good size team Erika. :o)

There is a good size team Erika. :o)

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