58 Grouper
I was getting ready to write a short thing about how I’m waiting to hear about a possible roll down place for the World Triathlon Age Group Championships to be held on the Olympic course in London in September. As I was writing it in my head I got the email from the BTF awarding me a place. Yey!
The qualification races I entered this year didn’t go to plan and didn’t go well, leaving me outside the direct qualification places and with a scraping (or scrapping?) chance of a roll down spot if others chose not to attend or registered for the sprint distance race instead. It has be written that this year has already been the most competitive age group triathlon season ever, because of the interest in a home World champs and possibly as an Olympic knock on. It has been pretty nuts out there. My 35-39 age group had the largest number of athletes vying for places too, and there are a lot of fast guys in there. Generally this season has made me look forward to turning 40 next year, and I can’t imagine many scenarios that do that!

But I’m in, if I choose to accept the place. It’s expensive, and staying in London during a peak period will be expensive, but if the race is well organised it could be a racing experience that you would hate to miss and something even I (with my terrible memory) might remember for a long time.
Just look at the race route – it looks bloody amazing. Lots of us from Cardiff Triathletes will be racing over the weekend so there will be a lot of GB and club team spirit.
Time to break out the credit card. Where can you camp in London?