Friday, June 6, 2008

Cold and Wet (and that's not just the swim!)


Is this a cool photo or what?.....  Love it....  Sprint World Championship Bike Course - Stanley Park

It looks like my streak of 4 straight rainy triathlons has an excellent chance of being extended to 5 tomorrow.  Whatever....  I am becoming a rain specialist by now!  Actually the forecast displays a 20% POP - the way things have gone, I have come to believe that means it will rain for 20% of the day (not that there is a 20% chance of rain.)

In other news, we heard yesterday that the swim would be reduced to 900 metres because the water is so cold.  Apparently several juniors became hypothermic in the race yesterday and the organizers are concerned.  

My feelings on this are somewhat mixed.  I had viewed my tolerance of the cold water as a 'secret weapon' - it's frikkin' cold, but for some reason it doesn't bother me that much.  I had pictured myself cruising away from a bunch of shivering athletes....  Also, I have been swimming 3 mornings a week at 6 am for three years so that I would be able to swim 1500m as fast as possible.  All that work and the swim gets shortened? ....  grrr.

On the other hand, with the cold water and the cold and rainy conditions maybe I should just be happy to be getting out of the water a bit faster, and off the course a little quicker, and into a cozy track suit.   

Either way, to quote Todd Bertuzzi, "It is, what it is."

Thanks to everyone who has e-mailed or phoned with good luck wishes.  I hope to see many of you out on the course tomorrow.  Don't forget your umbrella and warm clothes!

Some photos from the Junior World Championship yesterday (photos from ITU Website):

Start of the Junior Men's race yesterday...

2008 Junior World Champion - Vincent Luis from France

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1 comment:

Ri said...

I can't believe you thanked me for coming out today. Are you kidding? I woke up at 5:00am because I was SO excited for you. You are an amazing man, Meyrick. I'm proud to know you. Mom would have been proud too.

Love you.