This is Peter Mallett and me working hard out on the course. I donâ€™t want to say the event wouldnâ€™t have happened without us, but it certainly wouldnâ€™t have been us much fun.
This is the Junior Girls (women?) rounding the final swim buoy. The leader was Lauren Goldstein-Kral by about 30 seconds. Sheâ€™s been in this camp at the Olympic Training Center with me, and I expected this type of performance after seeing her swim a 19:30 1500m time trial one morning. She had only been at altitude for a week.
This is Lauren starting the run with a 50 second lead over the next person.
This is Kate Ross, 50 seconds behind Lauren. Sheâ€™s also part of the Elite Development Camp here in Colorado Springs. She had a group on the bike, and they still lost 20 seconds to Laurenâ€™s awesome TT abilities.
Kate, however, can run like a cheetah. She took down Lauren in the first 5k and extended her lead by (as my roommate Kevin Collington says), â€œa shit ton.â€ (He also asked me to add in that a â€œshit tonâ€ is the time equivalent to a ton of bovine manure, or about a minute and fifty seconds.)
Hereâ€™s Kevin Collington helping to clean up some broken glass in the hallway after an unnamed triathlete knocked a picture off the wall. I donâ€™t want to say the picture wouldnâ€™t have fallen without kevin, but it certainly wouldnâ€™t have been as much fun.
Thatâ€™s it for now.