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London 2013; Misty eyed optimist?
London 2013; Misty eyed optimist?
With the season over for 2012, sights are now set on the ITU World Champs in London in September 2013. Qualification race booked at the Dambuster in June, so 7 months of graft awaits!

How To Upset a Kiwi - Lesson 1

jamesrunchmanby jamesrunchmanOct 17th 2012
Whereabouts in Australia do you come from mate? Apparently, this is the number one thing that annoys a Kiwi. In fairness, when I said this to the bloke who had pulled up alongside me whilst out on the bike today, he wasn't wearing the usual kiwi apparel of all black (there was definitely some australian looking green in his outfit). Seriously though, can anyone really differentiate between the accents!?!?!? Some further advice; don't mention sheep sh**ing either? This really gets their backs up, as I found out when trying to make light of the situation. He couldn't catch me on the bike though, so I didn't find out how much more he could be rattled!

Upsetting people was a bit if a theme today; bloke stood next to me at the breakfast buffet was wearing an RAF Triathlon T-shirt. You know when you mean to say one thing and something completely different comes out of your mouth.......from nowhere? Well, what I MEANT to say was, "Oh, you are in the RAF, that's interesting, how long have you been in"? What I ACTUALLY said was........"Oh, I see you're stinking crab fat"! I have no idea why! He walked off in a huff! Over-sensitive I say!

On a more positive note, had quite a good day training. 5k run before breakfast around the race run route. Very flat, all around the quayside, should be good on race day. Was also out on the bike, as mentioned (Kiwi incident). Not as good on the bike though; it has been blowing a hooly all day here and the deep-set wheels don't like the wind! Very twitchy at the front, to the point where I thought I was going to get thrown off. Hope it is not too windy for the race or I could be in trouble. I have since found out that Auckland is not only known as the city of sails, but also the Windy City! Did anybody know this? If so, why didn't you mention it? I could have brought different wheels and be less at risk of being launched off my bike into the oggin at 50kmh!!!!!

On another positive note, I was then at the opening ceremony, which was quite cool. Couple of thousand athletes were there from about thirty countries. There was even a bloke from Egypt, didn't know they did triathlon there! Lots of Canadians, kiwis and americans. Also a big contingent from Australia, cue plenty of digs about cricket and the Olympics! My favourite of which........."Hey, mate! Shouldn't you change your national colours from green and gold to green and bronze"! Not from me I should add, I was too busy trying to avoid Team NZ (kiwi incident)! The Americans were unusually quiet, the noisiest teams were actually Brasil and Mexico, they all seemed to be having a great time! We were a bit quiet too, not sure why, anything like me it would be in utter disbelief at being here!

With all this training and wet weather the room is beginning to resemble a Chinese laundry. Wetsuits, bike kit, running gear, all hanging from any available hook, shelf or door frame. I am sure the cleaner has a fit whenever she comes in here. I don't suppose we are the only ones.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. I am off down to the bar for a coffee and to see who else I can upset, they say that things come in threes!
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