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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!

Last Legs

jamesrunchmanby jamesrunchmanOct 24th 2012
The NZ adventure is nearing its end and I am now looking forward to getting back to "good ole Blighty". As I type this I am seated in Starbucks in KUL reminiscing on the whole experience. A touch of sadness to be heading home (Auckland is such a cool place) but overall glad to be getting back to normality. There is only so much "triathlon" one can take, even sitting here now the main topic of conversation appears to be the next race, entry to the next qualifier and the Euro Champs in Turkey in 2013! Some people are that one dimensional if they turned sideways they would disappear! I am more concerned with attempting to fathom out the intricacies and foibles of the airline industry! My logically programmed mind cannot compute some of these processes.

For example, why is that when you check in for a domestic flight, let's say - Easyjet to Glasgow from London - it takes a matter of a few minutes to get through check-in (barring of course a line that would dwarf that of a Cold War East German bread queue)! To me, the process has to be the same for a long haul flight doesn't it? Person, seat, bag, aeroplane - bingo! What then are the check-in staff doing on the international desks. I swear, I was stood in front of the desk for a full 15 minutes whilst the check-in girl (robot) frantically tapped away at the keyboard. I have a theory that she was merely playing minesweeper or solitaire whilst I stood there, they do this to keep their hours up, overtime, or more likely just to wind me right up!

Anyway, I survived check-in, but was a little concerned when she put a couple of "fragile" stickers on my bike case! Like a red rag to bull when it comes to baggage handlers (or so I am told). My bike will now be used as a punch/kick bag by the Auckland, kula lumpur and Heathrow combined Tae Kwon Do teams. Not looking forward to opening that up back home (see previous posts regarding bike packing concerns).

All is well so far though as I am sat waiting for the second leg of the journey to Heathrow and I have just been emailed sample copies of my race photographs! Some of them are ok and I look almost professional in a couple of them. Although, I do display a range of facial expressions that wouldn't be out of place in the annual North Yorkshire Gurning competition. Me in Lycra isn't a pretty sight either, but I will obviously let you all see them on my return!

So this is the end of my Triathlon Blog (until the next time anyway)! Thank you all for your support (financial and otherwise) since I began this adventure last year. Also, thank you for your assistance and encouraging words over the last month or so and whilst I have been in NZ. It really has been uplifting to know that friends and family have been taking an interest. The whole experience for me has been amazing, not just the race but also the preparation and build up. I can truly recommend doing this to anyone; I have met some interesting and lovely people, seen some wonderful sights, represented the country and come out the other end in the best shape of my life. What a ride! London next year (11 - 13 September), bring it on!!!!
Last Legs
Last Legs
Last Legs
 
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