I doubt there was any rumours about it, but just in case I want to say it. I'm not retiring after worlds, specially now that Auckland has secured the grand finale of the 2012 triathlon world championship.
Yes.. a tiny island of less than 5million people managed to get one of the biggest triathlon events in the market in the real world (sorry US, you are the magazine/movies world for me) for the second time. It speaks very good of the national triathlon body (triNZ) and it's also a good reflection of how over-represented we are in the world of triathlon (New Zealand was apparently the first ironman race outside the US, and has 3 of the 9 triathlon olympic medals in the male race).
I hope this gives all the triathletes (and wannabe triathletes) a good reason to join a tri club. And a good reason to all the clubs to start getting "out there" and doing things. And a good reason for TriNZ to start working more closely with the clubs. I loved the club atmosphere during the aussie World Champs final last year. I'd love to see something similar or better.
And I'm not bitchig about people's participation here, I know the sport hasn't stopped growing in the last 3 years. I'm just hopeful that each and every one of us does their part to make 2012 a great year for triathlon in New Zealand, and (unfortunately for you, southeners) Auckland.
We do our speed runs in the site where the world champs are going to be happening, We know each bit of the bike course, and the waitemata harbour has no place where I havent swam... retiring? NO WAY.
I'm gonna have to keep training, and hardert his time because each 30-34 male will be an obstacle for my qualification first, and a mate later.
Disclaimer: this post may be subjet to changes by the editor/boss/wife she has not stamped her approval yet.
On another note, Thanks for the votes, to DRog and Patrick who identified their votes. Nat has done a lot of work in the PR side and got all sorts of family and friends to log in and vote. It doesn't stop here. stay tuned.
Date: 29 June
Dist: n/a (own WT session)
Comment: it wasn't boring!