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British, and very proud of it right now

roborobby roborobAug 11th 2012
Having recently qualified for a spot on the GB Triathlon Age-Group team to race in Auckland for the Age Group World Champs, I have decided to blog all my training from now on. I can't wait to have an opportunity to represent my country in a World sporting contest. I've always been patriotic, but feel especially proud to be British right now, after the amazing Olympic Games that we have put on for the World. And who would have thought that we'd be so high in the medal tables, nipping at the toes of the enormously-populated mega-countries of the USA and China? The critics of the Games had been well and truly silenced from the moment that Danny Boyle instructed the Queen herself to jump out of a helicopter above the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, with a number of my international friends and work colleagues commenting that the Opening Ceremony made them feel quite envious that they were not British. It is a stark contrast to the London of a year or so ago, when the scurge of the Capital embarked on a rampage of terror, vandalism and looting. It feels like those events have been long forgotten. I hope the inspiration and passion from these Games lives on in people's memories for generations to come. I certainly won't miss the opportunity to bore my great-grandkids with tales from my night as a dove-biker, flying on my borrowed bike in front of a billion people (more on that another time).
British, and very proud of it right now
As i mentioned, i can't wait to have my own opportunity to represent my Country at the Worlds. Okay, it may not be the Olympics, and we might not quite match the pace and skill of the Elite Triathletes that we'll be so lucky to share the weekend with, but i'll still be proudly racing as hard as i can with GBR and PARRY on my chest.
British, and very proud of it right now
With that in mind, it's getting late, and my alarm is set for 5am for a stab at the inaugural Bewl Triathlon. I've pre-planned a DNF as i won't be running whilst the remnants of the stress-fracture in my left fibula sorts itself out, but will go extra-hard in the 1500m swim and 40k bike. The Wife is going for her second sprint-distance, but first with the swim in a lake rather than a pool. She's hiding the nerves much better than i did on the night before my first proper race!
 
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