Wednesday I leave for Brazil. The race is called Fast Triathlon, or Triatlo Rapido. Last year Team USA placed third behind Brazil and Canada. Now, I wonâ€™t go into all the excuses we had for getting third, like me deciding not to eat for two weeks, Victor being a full time law student and Matt crashing during the first round of the race, but I will say, the team of Victor Plata, Matt Chrabot and myself will be returning to Brazil this year and doing much better.
My itinerary is this: Wednesday afternoon I fly to Dallas, where I get on a flight with Matt and Victor to Sao Palo on the red eye to arrive Thursday morning at the race site in GuarujÃ¡, which is driving distance from Sao Palo. The race is Sunday February 1st, and the rest of the 18 man field will leave that night. I, however, am staying in Brazil until the 9th of February so that I can race in the Santos International Triathlon on the 8th.
On the 9th I fly to Honolulu, rather than Seattle, where I will live and train through the end of March.
This is why packing is taking me a long time to do. I have a week and a half in Brazil, two months in Hawaii, and likely four races on my Calendar before I get back to Seattle. If I want to minimize shipping costs, I would be wise to make sure I have the everything I need. If I want to maximize my ability to get from destination to destination by myself, I would be wise not to over pack.