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I-O-W-A (Part I)

Corn....Corn....Corn....Poultry Farm.....Corn....HY-VEE TRIATHLON

overcast 65 °F

It is remarkably easy to get half way across the country. 12 hours on day one, which left us sleeping in some random off the highway motel that was either in Ohio or Indiana. 9 hours on day number two. It really is all the same out this way. (Sorry if that offends anyone from the area who believes that their little niche on the great plains is unique and different from all the rest)

Got to the condo / country club / golf course - observed lots of polo-shirted rich folk driving golf carts around with scotch in hand saying things like 'My My Frank....what a glorious day we have been blessed with to enjoy this fine sport'. Unpacked - which for me just means opening up all the bags I brought and letting them explode and scatter all around the room. Went for a run, in the pouring rain, but it WAS glorious - especially after driving for 20 hours.

-Olympic Distance (1.5km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run)
-Part of the World Series Circuit for the Pros.
-Professional and Olympian triathletes from all around the world are here. 100's of the biggest of the biggest names in triathlon racing. It is so so freaking cool. Emma Moffat, Sarah Haskins, Emma Showshill, Laura Bennett (Which if you don't know who they are or what they do, just trust me in the fact that this is UNREAL!)
-The venue is like none I have ever seen.
-30,000 spectators from around the world are expected.
-The finish line brings us into a huge arena that is lined with countries flags, a bazillion photographers, news reporters, spectators and coaches.

Got a chance to swim and ride the course yesterday. We're heading back to the venue this morning for another swim and a run this time. If weather cooperates Sunday could be a very very fast day. My right foot is messed up, but such is life, and so it has been for the past 5 months. I'm pretty sure I won't even notice it on race day.....or I will but I will hobble my way across the finish line (FAST) anyway.

Oh yeah, and in general - I'm just grossly happy.

Hy-Vee Triathlon - 3 days
Quad Cities Triathlon - 9 days

Quote of the Day:
'It never gets easier, you just go faster.' -Greg Lemond

Here's to Peace, Clear Skies and Horizons,

P.S. Yours.

Posted by AubreyJ 04:49 Archived in USA

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