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Jules Richards
Jules Richards

My first 24 hours

Triharder78by Triharder78Oct 17th 2012
Well I appear to have acclimatised relatively quickly which I'm pretty happy about. The second flight went without a hitch and I even managed to grab 6 more hours sleep on the plane which was great although left me completely confused as to what time it actually was!

There was a definite moment the whole experience stopped being dream like and became a reality, I had asked for a window seat on the plane and on the approach to Auckland we flew in past the docks and there bathed in glorious sunshine was the distinctive blue carpeting of an ITU event, the pontoon floating in the harbour and the event venue 'The Cloud' eclipsing everything else on the quay. I was suddenly very very excited!

I got a shuttle into town and met with my friend Mike whom I went to school with back in Cornwall, he now lives out he after a 12 day holiday that has turned into 5 years. He races for New Zealand in my age group so come Monday we shall be squaring up to each other on the start line. Got back to his place only to find out it's got a pool and a hot tub!

Tired and filthy from the 30 hours travelling I got cleaned up, had some food and then headed to bed. Managed to go to sleep pretty much strait away and woke with a start at 6am, I was wide awake too, no going back to sleep for me. I got up, retrieved my bike from it's box and put it all back together it see if it had survived the trip, I needn't have worried, it was probably in better shape than me, the bike box that was kindly supplied free of charge by The Triathlon Shop had done the job and within 30 minutes I had a fully functioning bike.

I headed for town to check out the event venue, the team hotel (to book a massage!) and to have a little peak at some of the bike course. First thing that struck me was how much space the is in New Zealand, nothing is crammed together, the roads are amazing and people super friendly. I got down to The Cloud, got my training wrist band and grabbed breakfast. As it was only 0930 by this time I went of for a bit of an explore of inner city Auckland on the bike, this also gave me the opportunity to test the bike out and get a feel for the new wheels (having never ridden a set of 90mm rims before it was quite interesting considering the windy conditions). Even the city centre feels open here, especially compared to major cities back home. After a short ride I headed to the hotel to book a massage and check the notice boards and then headed out to look at the back end of the bike course, no nasty surprises and one of the 'hills' I was concerned about actually isn't all that bad.

Later on I went to cheer on at the Aquathon, I had originally been tempted to take part but decided against thinking I would still be struggling with jet lag. However, standing on the side of the quay in the sunshine feeling pretty good I was disappointed not to be taking part, oh well, it'll build the hunger for Monday!

Whilst we're out here we've got free access to loads of swimming pools so I decided to head over to an 60m open air salt water pool which is roughly the same temperature as the sea, figure it would be a good way of acclimatising. One thing it showed me was the state my wetsuit is in, holes everywhere and tearing more every time I put it on, might have to check the expo out to see if there are any good deals because I'm not sure my suit will last till Monday swimming in it every day!

Its hard to believe I've been here less than 24hrs, I feel like I've already crammed about 4 days worth of stuff in already, think I'm going to take it easy tomorrow before the athletes parade tomorrow night.
My first 24 hours
My first 24 hours
 
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