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Thanks for caring Plum
Water temp was 17C the day before the race, overnight rain apparently lowered it to 13C, there was also a risk of sewerage in the lake as wash off from the desert rain which they said they didn't have time to test, and air temp was 4C so the threat of hypothermia was considered too great to risk. As it was permission was given for athletes to wear whatever they liked in order to keep warm - which for most of the Brits was a pair of arm warmers with their tri suit at most but for many others seemed to be leg warmers or compression tights, jackets, hats - you name it.
So - we ended up with a 75/18.6 mile bike/run time trial - not quite what we'd come for but the same for everyone. It turned into a lovely day weather wise - I even managed to acquire a little bit of sunburn - and the views round the bike course (usually used for the Silverman) were beautiful. It seemed as though Frank Lowery's organisation was great - the ITU's not so - but the volunteers, weather and camaraderie of Team GB made it well worth the trip.
Well done LMH.
How did you qualify for this race?
Cat5 - to qualify to race long distance for Team GB you have to finish a half or longer within 120% of the winner of your age groups time for the Europeans or 115% for the Worlds. You then apply for a team place presenting your evidence and they select a team. As an older woman there aren't that many willing to do the miles/hours and all of the team slots are rarely taken - there were only three of us racing for GB in my age group - but the competition for places is much greater in some of the male categories. I'm told that they used to just fill the places they had but three years ago they introduced the qualifying criteria and now turn down people with a time within 116% even if there are team slots available. I'd really recommend having a crack at it - it's a great experience - if rather expensive.
I think it's harder to qualify at the shorter distances.
For us the cost isn't so much of an issue as this is our family holiday - so our two weeks in the sun budget goes on a race and whatever time is left. Saying that we'd have to look carefully at somewhere like Oz. Our flights were £430 each (including bike) and we're paying something like £1000 to rent a three bed, three bath house for two weeks. It cost us about £500 each for the week in Almere this year.
Regardless of where the races are or how many want to go the qualifying criteria don't change.
So I need to get:
1. Older2. Richer.3. Faster.
In that order.
Good stuff.So I need to get:1. Older2. Richer.3. Faster.In that order.
Anyhow - well done again.
No worries FB - I may still be a little tired
How about you RP - you going to look to qualify too? Worlds next year are in Spain (I won't be going as the Spanish are horrible to their greyhounds - it's a long story) so shouldn't be quite so expensive - no announcement about the Europeans as yet which is what I'm pinning my hopes on having qualified at Bustinskin and Full Boar Half's. We have another week out here to make it fair as a holiday for Mark - fortunately I don't suffer too much with jet lag as though arriving Wednesday afternoon meant that there were no small t-shirts or loan helmets available when I registered Thursday morning.
LMH I'm in Lincolnshire so not far from there. As for being tough to qualify at the Vit, I'm game
I might have a go at the Beaver if the training goes o.k up till xmas, maybe edge my bets ( if I can get the time off work)
he is a she!!!! lol
LMH I will whisper this quietly...40-45 age category...no body heard that, did they?
RP - unfortunately I leave that category next year.........................
Plum - you should give it a go, you'd enjoy racing Team GB I'm sure. The Worlds are in France in 2013 so potentially not too expensive. How would you have done in your AG this year?