1st U23 Elite
After the 17hour flight from JHB to Atlanta, Alabama USA we as the SA Triathlon team were very relieved to see that all our bikes had made the long trip safely. One last short flight from Atlanta to Birmingham departing at 8:30am and landing at 8:30am even though it was an hour flight gave the first indication that it was going to take a few days to settle into the new time zone.
I was rooming with Theo Blignaut a fellow elite athlete and the first call of duty was to build our bikes and then head out for a run to flush the legs after almost 24hours of non-stop traveling.
The week was spent pre-riding the bike course (or so I thought) and just fine tuning the body all in preparation for the big day which would be Saturday 19th May. Due to the nature of ITU events the pro/elite athletes race on a lap course to make for a more exciting spectator friendly race. In all previous ITU races I have competed in the u23 elites always race on the same course as the open elites and the amateur age group field have their own 1 lap bike course due to the higher number of athletes participating. For the above mentioned reason I had spent the whole week training on the 10km pro/elite loop on the bike.