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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!

Trouble Free

jamesrunchmanby jamesrunchmanOct 19th 2012
You will be pleased to hear that I managed to keep myself out of trouble yesterday and didn't upset Johnny Foreigner at all. I made a concerted effort to be nice to athletes from all nations I happened to meet whilst either out on the bike or down at the swim pontoon. I had a good chat with a couple of German blokes who pulled up alongside me whilst cycling. I was even gracious enough to give them a preview of what the back of my bike and heels are going to look like to them on race day. Bye bye Fritz!

Swam the swim course yesterday, the atmosphere at the swim pontoon was brilliant. Hundreds of triathletes taking the opportunity to blow off the swim cobwebs and have a blast in the chilly NZ waters. The water temperature is a bit cold, but to be fair it is no worse than we have had to endure in native shores this year. I think some of the swimmers from warmer climes found it a bit cold, particularly the Aussies and Americans - shame!
There are many positives to swimming in the sea, such as increased buoyancy, but these are generally outweighed by the downsides. Temperature, current, waves, swell, jellyfish (and other sea creatures - not sure if they have sharks here?) all make for a more challenging environment. That said, there is nothing more refreshing or enjoyable than swimming in clear blue waters such as here. It was great yesterday, one of the real joys of this sport!

The team hotel is now full to the rafters, with all the late arrivals now checked in. We are in the presence of greatness, elites such as Jody Stimpson and Johnny Brownlee are here, also some high profile under 23s such as Lois Rosindale, Non Stanford and Olympic triathlete Lucy Hall (who did such a great job in London trying to help Helen Jenkins to gold). It is surreal to be sat down at breakfast with these athletes, all of whom are very grounded, nice people. Johnny seems very shy, a lovely bloke, you forget he is only 22 years of age, already a legend in the sport and a national hero! What other sport would this happen? All the amateurs in together with the pros? One big team! Another reason that triathlon is such a great sport to be part of; whatever level you compete at, be it local club level races or on the international scene, everyone is seen as equal.

Had the pre race briefing last night followed by the team photo which you can hopefully see at the top of the blog. Briefing was interesting! The ability for people to ask stupid questions never ceases to amaze me! I have often heard the quote "there is no such thing as a stupid question". I say b******s! You should have been here last night. I would not have been surprised if someone had asked if they were allowed to do the bike leg of the race on a motorbike! Anyway, we all now know what is happening on race day. In fact it is quite a complicated process, to get three thousand athletes safely through the start and to the end of a race. The logistics and organisation involved is staggering and this is apparently the biggest World Champs ever! Well done to ITU if they pull it off and good luck for London next year which will be even bigger (must qualify)!

Having a rest day today, so no training at all. Will go down to the course and watch the racing though. We have the under 23 women on as I type, I can hear the crowds from the hotel room. The live feed is on (click on the live feed button) you should be able to view my progress on this on Monday morning by the way (your Sunday night). My wave starts at 09:35 (21:35 your time) so i will hopefully be finished around 11:40 all being well.

Currently, Lucy is in the lead group of cyclists with Non Stanford after clocking a 19 minute 1500m swim! I think she must have webbed feet! Go GB!!!!!!!

Just back from the under 23 race, a good start for GB, Non Stanford held off a sustained challenge throughout the run to take the race in a spectacular sprint down the last 400m. We were stood at the finish, great performance. Roll on Jody this afternoon in the senior elite race. Will be watching on TV in the room as my head is starting to burn!!!!!
by guest: Carole, Oct 19th 2012 22:46
Hi James

Got live link ready!! Love the blogs, Oh to be at Heathrow seeing you handle that joke! Did no-one know there would be a few athletes with a bike to two boarding! One negative - orange trainers?? Ah well you are a middle-aged athlete! Can't be fashionable too!

Keep up the great writing and enjoy every minute. We all wish you good luck and have a ball.
by guest: Creighton, Oct 20th 2012 00:18
Jeeaaaaammss! Hey ! so I hope to navigate the live feed somehow on Sunday night, I will probably be watching all those lovely fit athletes whilst scoffing wotsits and quaffing wine. Wishing you all the best and I hope you are in fine form and ready to ROCK!
So I just had to find a suitable inspirational sporting quote to round up, so...
".An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets, he must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head."
Emil Zatopek

and I like orange trainers..
Lots o love from the Creightons.x
jamesrunchmanby blog author: jamesrunchman, Oct 20th 2012 04:56
Thanks folks. Hope all is well in the sunny UK. I don't think you will be able to watch the race live but you may be able to watch the live stream of the finish line and view the results. I hope to be crossing the line any time from 11:40 onwards depending on the weather conditions.

By the way the women's senior elite race was won by Anna Haug - ze German! Jody Stimpson came an impressive 5th. Watched it on live NZ TV with my feet up, a position from which I haven't moved from since after lunch and I am very bored! Sounds lazy but I am under strict instructions from my coach to do nothing today! Getting close to race day now!!!
by guest: mum and dad, Oct 20th 2012 12:05
Hi James, Great blog, hope you have done what you were told and kept your feet up. We will try to get the race on live if we can on Sunday night but you know what we are like with computers!!

Loads of love and the very best of luck.

Mum and Dad xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

PS: Don't worry about the opponents, just keep your eye out for those bloody sharks !!!!
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