Day 3 in London

Meeting the President of the Triathlon Ontario

Meeting the President of the Triathlon Ontario


Today was the busiest day yet and the official opening to the games. My day started with conquering the water. I joined the team for a swim in the Lido, a sectioned off part of the serpentine. I’ve been putting this off because all the athletes are complaining about the water temperature. It turns out it’s normal lake temperature. Lake Ontario is significantly colder. Now the outside air temperature is a different story. It’s cold when you get out, cold enough that during our race briefing we were informed we can wear long sleeves under our tri-suit or wear our team jacket while on the course.

My swim felt great! The water is exactly the same as home, right down to the murkiness. It’s a perfect working temperature. About 100m in and your wetsuit is nice and warm and you can get to work without overheating. I started feeling so comfortable I started doing timed 100m sets and I was bang on pace and feeling strong – not winded. By the time I climbed out of the water I felt ready to tackle the race and shook off my insecurities. I feel ready to race this Friday and ready to own the swim.
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Afterwards, Peter and I went back to grab our bikes. I had a crash course on urban cycling. You get to split lanes in England, not that I did, but you do move faster on bike than foot or car ironically. We also did laps in Hyde Park. I drafted the Netherlands Junior Team for one loop … :o) The coolest part of this whole experience is meeting all the athletes from around the world who all have this passion for triathlon. We added more countries to our collage. I now have Japan, Hong Kong, Grenada, Chile, Hungary and Russia. I met the Russian silver medalists for the Junior Aquathon. She had the biggest smile! You can see her medal in the picture.

Japan Junior Team Coaches

Japan Junior Team Coaches

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I had race registration today. Fastest and most organized of any race I have ever attended. And I met more athletes while scoping out new gear. Afterwards we headed out for dinner. The restaurants around the hotel are fantastic. We have had Italian, Indian, Spanish and French cuisine. We will be so spoiled by the time we go home.

The day finished off with the race briefing at the Canada House in Trafalgar Square and then Opening Ceremonies. I wish I could tell you about Opening Ceremonies but my foot was killing me and I decided to head back to the hotel to rest it. This mush walking is talking a toll, big time. I’m hoping to do next to nothing tomorrow and rest my foot. I need my massage therapist and bucket of ice – both of which are hard to come by. We don’t have a fridge in the room so there is no where to store ice packs. That will be tomorrows adventure. The only thing I have tomorrow is a team photo and I rack my bike for Friday’s race. There is room for 4000 athletes in the transition area. I have never seen a transition this huge! I have a picture of what it looks like now and I will try to get one with all the bikes in it. It’s crazy how many athletes are here but the Canada jackets stand out the best. ;o)
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