Well I am back in Beijing for my first attempt at the World Triathlon
Funny how things go in circles. While riding around in a circuit of the
Ming Tombs Reservoir I remembered the Paralympic road race here in the same
venue nearly three years ago. It is nice to be able to remember what I did
here last time and in particular the road race.
This time though there are many changes. Firstly my bike race will start
with a swim and finish with a run...??? But the differences don't end
there. The Australian triathlon team is a bit more relaxed than the
For me the pressure always comes from the inside. My own expectations are
what really makes me nervous. Although my preparations for this event have
been quite disrupted, as a rookie, I'm not really expecting that much and
don't seem to be suffering as much from nerves. I'm pretty confident that I
can follow my race plan, push myself to the limit and cause some pain and
I'll be happy with that effort at the finish line.
I arrived late on Tuesday night and missed breakfast the next day. Luckily
I had plenty of food from home. Then I was off to get classified (basically
listen to someone confirm that I have one leg!). Then registration and
shopping for food at Wal-Mart. I hung out with my teammate Matt Brumby for
the morning and we got to know each other. Then it was out for a bike ride
in the warm temps, rush back to the hotel and off to the pool for a quick
swim, then back for a team meeting, team dinner and time for bed. A busy
but fun day.
Today (Thursday) it's ride, run, haircut and some meetings before lots of
sleep ahead of tomorrow's (Friday) race.