Update from Karen Smith -Team manager
The past two days have been spent visiting the race site for triathlon and getting to practice on the course. Tyler and Erica’s bikes were delivered to the race site from the airport, so we were relieved to see them in the triathlon tent waiting for us. Some other athletes were not so lucky as their bikes were delivered to the road cycling venue in error. Count your blessings as anyone who travels with a bike knows the uncertainty in it arriving!
The race course is stunning. The swim is in a small warm (25C non wetsuit) lake called Lake Xuanwu , just outside the gates of Nanjing’s dynasty wall. The wall was built 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty and has been well maintained. The finish line is just at the gates and provides a stunning backdrop. Xuanwu Lake is also a beautiful park in the middle of a busy city. No cars have ever driven in there. The road is narrow and was cobblestoned but has ben paved for this race. It’s a very technical course with 180 degree turns, going across 5 ancient bridges and a looped overpass. Both Tyler and Erica like the 4 looped course and think it will be fast. The run is equally beautiful and follows part of the bike course before running through the gardens. The two loop run will provide lots of excitement for the spectators.
The opening ceremonies are on Saturday evening. Tyler and Erica have another short training session in the morning. Erica races at 9am on Sunday (10pm Saturday Bermuda time) and Tyler races at 9am on Monday (10pm Bermuda time on Saturday). Life is busy in the village .
Erica and Tyler are both very responsible athletes and handling the experience with maturity, and have finally realized that they are the stars of the show.
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