This received from Tim and Steve
Very good opening ceremony, the Queen, Rod Stewart and a moving story from Billy Connolly about Nelson Mandela being awarded the freedom of the city of Glasgow in 1981 and the city renaming the street that housed the South African Commission to Scotland Nelson Mandela place! So the address for the Commission included the name of their most notorious political prisoner. Also a minute’s silence to remember the victims of the Malaysian airline tragedy.
Tucker left right after the march out to get some sleep! At the end they shot little notes out of a cannon to the athletes section from kids all over Scotland wishing the athletes luck and putting their own little messages and motivations, pretty cool. So we collected a few and stuck them under the doors of the Triathletes when we got back!
Our triathletes race today. Flora Duffy races at 7AM Bda time and Jonny, Tucker and Tyler at 11AM Bda time. Coverage on BBC 1 TV if you can get it.
This from Tim Goodyer and Steve Petty
The key word today for the athletes was rest so Steve Petty and I decided to take the opportunity to head out and explore some of the Scottish countryside with a 6am ride. We had a few issues getting out of the village, as our bikes had not been tagged, so the first half an hour was spent doing loops of the village perimeter road, whilst we waited for the officials to open up the appropriate center to allow us to get our bikes tagged. Eventually we managed to escape the confines of the village and head out towards the Triathlon Race Venue before returning back to grab a quick breakfast and get Tucker as he needed some maintenance work done on his bike and to get Flora’s bike checked in down at the race venue after she had done a short ride.
We then returned to the village to meet the Governor of Bermuda for lunch. He came to the village to meet the athletes and joined us for lunch in the main dining hall. He was surprised to find that most triathletes eat normally, because he had it in his mind that all they did was drink smoothies!! A photo of Flora and Tyler with Shianne Smith, Bermuda’s Heptathlete and the Governor attached. After lunch the village effectively closed down. After 3pm no athletes were allowed to leave the village and all transport stopped in advance of tonight’s opening ceremony. The unconfirmed rumour is that the Queen will be in attendance, hence the extra security. Dominique Mayho and Shianne Smith were invited to represent Bermuda athletes at lunch with the Queen on Thursday, unfortunately the Triathletes were unable to attend, as that is right at the time of their event. Who knows though, she might pop down and watch the Brownlees, Duffy, Butterfield, Herring and Murphy in action tomorrow.
We’ll send an update from the Opening Ceremony later tonight, but as the Tyler, Flora and Jon are resting up only Tucker, Steve and I will be attending the ceremony before heading home for a good night’s sleep in advance of race day. All for now.
This from Steve Petty and Tim Goodyer :
Early start today because Flora had a 9am race briefing.
Jon, Tucker and Tyler needed to get their bikes checked and had to tape up the majority of the sponsor logos. Everyone’s wetsuit was also checked and we had black spray paint to cover logos again as did everyone else, including the Brownlees. Finally trisuits were checked and any stray logos taped up.
Whilst Flora was at her briefing, Tyler and Jon went for a swim on the course. The course was open for 45 minutes to allow them to do this.All four triathletes then took their bikes out on the course and all reports indicated a fast course with one long hill and two or three tight turns.
Tucker wanted to do one loop of the run course, so after the men’s briefing he headed out and reported back on a rolling course!
The afternoon was spent doing some admin such as family tickets and also a few of the braver members of the party headed to the ice baths!
The village is filling up fast and provides a great atmosphere in the build up with people of all shapes and sizes with the rugby players and volleyball players towering over everyone!
Kim McIvor warmed up yesterday (Sunday 20th July) for her Canada Ironman Championships next weekend in Whistler, BC by competing in the Nova Scotia Provincial Sprint Championships in Guysborough. Kim finished 4th out of 11 in her age group in 1hr 19 mins 40 secs.
Full results can be found at the link below :