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Harrod’s

Went for a look at Harrod’s, guess its a world famous department store, or so Elissa tells me. Anyway, would have to take out a loan to buy just about anything there… Looking through the toy department and found these:

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Not sure if you can tell from the picture but the price tag on the Range Rover reads 39,999 Pounds – that would be roughly $64 THOUSAND dollars!! And yes, those are KIDS cars!

Anyway, off to the bike check in and to watch the Men’s U23…

Slept nearly 12 hours last night, felt fantastic. Low-key day today, just gonna stay within a block or 2 of the hotel today and try to stay off my feet as much as possible.

Team Canada took a group pic today, a sea of Red and White invaded Kensington Park and the Albert Memorial.

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Kind of a “Where’s Waldo” shot…

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The team headed over to the course to watch the U23 Women’s Race that is underway. They’re on the bike course now but the 2 Canadian Women, Joanna Brown and Ellen Pennock, were 4th and 5th at the start of the bike.

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Bike check is this afternoon and I’m gonna watch the Men’s U23 while I’m there…

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Busy day in London today. Headed out for a run with the team first thing in the morning to check the course out. Then took a long walk around Kensington and Notting Hill just trying to find a grocery store that had anything similar to my race morning food routine. Watched a bit of the Aquathlon along the way, the swim was great to watch, because of the size/shape of the lake you can actually see the swim from lots of different viewpoints.

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Picked up my race kit after lunch and then headed for a swim in the lake to test out the water. Temperature was 16 degrees today, a little cold but I think Toronto was colder. They have a 100×25 meter “pool” in the lake, fairly shallow the whole way but it was great to be able the get in and test it out.

Tried out the bike course a bit today too, its going to be interesting to say the least. Assuming the ground is dry, we still have to contend with tight turnarounds on a 3 loop 6.5km section of road. Oh, and then there’s the speed-bumps – not just the little bumps we have in neighbourhoods back home, but huge bumps at least double the width extending over the whole road, not sure what that will be like at 40km/h… I’ll be keeping an eye on the juniors tomorrow to see if they slow down, stay strong, or bail.

Tonight was also the Opening Ceremonies in Trafalgar Square. Finally ran into fellow Runner’s Life Member Sylvia at the Team Canada Meet and Greet before heading to the main ceremony.

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The Opening Ceremonies started to get rained out so we didn’t get very many great pictures but the energy was good. Hopefully the weather is better tomorrow, or at least no rain.

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Gonna try and post a little more frequently tomorrow instead of one big post at the end of the day. And going to keep the activity a little lighter since its the day before my race, 20+km walking today was a bit much 🙂

Cheers!

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Arrived!

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Long flight (with an air-sick wife), left Toronto just before midnight on Monday and arrived in London just before lunch. Didn’t get much sleep on the plane so I’m pretty sure I’ll have no trouble going to bed on London time tonight.

We took a walk to Hyde Park before dinner to check everything out, looks pretty cool, can’t wait to see it all finished. The swim course looks awesome but the bike might get a little crazy – the road surface is going to be slick if there’s any rain (I know – not in London, right!).

Going out again to walk off dinner (lots of little cafes and eateries within a block or two of our hotel) to try and find the Team Canada base.

Speed Test

Did a speed workout around the neighbourhood and took advantage of the speed warning sensor down the street to really test myself…
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Packing the rocket

Decided to try and pack the bike tonight, turns out its a little harder than I thought it would be. I knew the wheels would be coming off but didn’t really think of much beyond that. Talk about making yourself sick to your stomach as you are jamming thousands of dollars worth carbon into a small box, hoping a few pieces of foam will keep everything safe.

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Now lets hope the Rocket makes it to London safe and sound!

Here goes nothing…

phone 036Ok, so I’m heading to London UK in less than a week for the ITU Age Group World Triathlon Championships. Want to keep my friends and family up to date, so I figure its time I tried a blog.

I’ll do as many updates as I can, read ’em all, read a few or just pop by for the pics.