Sorry guys, this post is not about the Danskin all-women Triathlon last weekend. (But congrats to the 3500 women who finished!!! You should be proud! Now keep up the good work and I’ll see you at some coed races next year!) The photos from Hy-Vee Triathlon (June 17th) are available online now. Brightroom’s dependable and quick turnaround could not be accomplished without the help of the athletes, who so diligently neglect to apply sun screen prior to body marking.
Looking back I realized that Hy-Vee may be the last race I ever do without a shirt. If somebody had come up to me at a dual meet in college and told me that my size 26 racing brief was too small for me to look professional, I would have laughed in their face. “Mark Spitz!” I would have retorted. Now, the International Triathlon Union has strict rules on race uniforms for Professional Triathletes, and even if I wanted to risk the chafing nightmare of an over-tight speedo, the rules say I must not show midriff and the hair on my chest is completely Taboo. A one piece “Farmer John” cut suit with a zipper in the back is now required for World Cup races. It’s okay though, I’m happy with it. It does look more professional. Just as long as we’re not required to wear khaki shorts and white polo shirts.
Friday I leave for Hamburg, and World Championships is on September 2nd. September 3rd my Pro/Elite License becomes effective, and September 9th I race in the Kedzierzyn Kozle ITU Triathlon Premium European Cup. I’m the only American entered.
I’ve been posting more regularly, but make sure you check back frequently from August 24th to September 12th, as I will be posting every time I can find internet access with a journal of experiences. I’ll even post more pictures (fully clothed).