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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!

Kuala Lumpur Calling

jamesrunchmanby jamesrunchmanOct 15th 2012
Just about halfway to NZ having arrived in KL, I have no idea what time it is at home and am a little groggy from the flight. Turned out the window seat by the emergency exit wasn't such a coup after all. The emergency exit door protruded about 3 feet into the cabin thus restricting my leg room akin to a scabby Ryanair flight to Glasgow! Not only that, the guy sat behind me did his utmost to cough down the side of my seat for the whole 10 hours, NICE! Now, I don't think it was the same geezer from the Easyjet flight a few weeks ago (detailed in a previous blog) who did the same and infected me with his TB, which by the way I have only just shaken off (not that I am prone to exaggeration, but it felt like TB), I sense a conspiracy!
On the plus side, I was sat next to a couple of decent blokes who are on the trip courtesy of BTF as the team bike mechanics. What a cool job, fly to wherever Team Triathlon GB are travelling, put bikes together, strip them down after races and fix the odd niggle. Then, take in the atmosphere and Bob's yer dad's brother, free holiday! I have decided that this is what I want to do when I grow up. There is a slight flaw in this plan though, I have the square root of ZERO talent for fixing bicycles! Aside from perhaps minor saddle adjustment, I am useless! Even fixing a simple puncture would usually result in; a range of expletives that would make a Belfast docker's hair stand on end, bruised knuckles, missing fingernails (and toenails - don't ask) and a pool of blood large enough to sustain the cast of Twilight for a week! Oh, and once.............a black eye!
Anyway, one of the blokes (name has escaped me already - cue further alzhiemers adverts at the foot of this blog) also runs his own bike shop in Chesterfield, called IGLOO. Not quite sure why a bike shop would be so named, unless it is due to the climate oop norf? So, if you are ever in Chesterfield and need your bike fixed or would like to purchase a bicycle, go to IGLOO and tell them I sent you (but I doubt it will get you a discount).
I digress. What I was going to mention was that we were discussing the Red Bull bloke who was on the news yesterday parachuting from the balloon 26 miles above the Earth (not that it would be any other planet obviously). What an incredible feat..............I hear you say! Not really though is it? I saw the footage; basically it was just falling over, but from higher up. I'd wager there are more spectacular falls over loose Derry paving slabs a month before Christmas. There wasn't even any frantic arm flailing! Very disappointing I thought. Apparently, he reached speeds of 700+ miles per hour! Paaaah! Nowhere near as quick as the Malaysian Airlines in-flight beef curry went through me last night!
Sound barrier my arse!
 
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