wildflower, s2s, bike

Big Race w/e ahead

windsor+triathlon+swim[1]After an early morning swim at the Blue Lagoon it was off to rack my bike and register for the Windsor Triathlon.

Hard to get away from transition/expo area, all the usual crew plus assorted "names" - quick chat with Steve Trew, Spencer Smith and Tim Don were hanging out. Spencer looked lean, relaxed and focussed but would be a surprising winner in the morning. He did though say, "no more excuses for the big one". He was confident about his chances for Hawaii and the WTC Ironman World Champs. Its a big elite wave in the morning. My plan is to race the sprint going off in the first wave, finish before the first Olympic distance competitor gets back on the bike. I'll be running the dismount line...

The only disppointing thing from the expo was the news the BTA are re-branding themselves as british triathlon, the idea being to promote the sport that we do, rather than the organisation behind it. Essentially this should be good news, in practice, its not. Here we go with another way to spend money that doesn't really benefit the members, will likely be hidden in the accounts and we won't know how much it cost. Sigh...

Meanwhile over in the US, its the last qualifier for the Olympic team at the Bellingham race. Their qualification process is point based and you can't pretty much work out exactly what you need to do to get in. No debate, no coach control, no panel selection. The dark horse is Julie Swale. Heres hoping Julie can win and this with the right 2nd/3rd place will get her in the team.

Over at the ITU Tongyeong World Cup run today, Lenada Cave came home fisrt in a reasonable womens field. Andrea Whitcombe came in 7th.

http://www.triathlon.org/world-cup/wcup2004/tongyeong-2004/index.htm