Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The day Caddyslims (nearly) met a Brownlee Brother

Hi everyone,

First of all, a massive thank you to all of you who have read my blog, taken time to comment and liked the Caddyslims Facebook page. You're all brilliant!

Next of all, I want to tell you about Chris and mine's amazing day out in London on 15 September where we watched the grand final of the ITU World Triathlon series. We have been following the triathlon series religiously this year, which started back in April, catching highlights on the TV of the 7 races taking place around the world. This year the grand final was coming to London. So with our train tickets booked and with enough food made to feed all of the athletes taking part, we travelled down to London on a drizzly Sunday morning, rucksack bursting with homemade pasties and sandwiches.

Now, I would be telling a big fat fib, if I was to say that we went to cheer on all of the triathletes for their endeavors, in actual fact we were going to cheer on Alistair and Johnny Brownlee, who are Yorkshire lads and of whom, Yorkshire is very proud (so no bias there then!)

We were unable to get into the area where it was possible to view the swim and transition bits, but got a terrific place in Hyde Park about 300 metres from the finish line along the banks of the Serpentine. This meant we would see loads of the action as the triathletes completed the 1,500m Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run.

The race started promptly and I was lucky enough to be standing next to a girl who was watching the BBC coverage on her th'iphone, so we could keep up with the placings following the swim. Following the swim, the athletes enter transition and change quickly to start the 40km bike ride. (My sister and I once discussed transition and she seemed to think that she would have time to do her hair, maybe have a shower, catch a bite to eat - no Helen, you get a box and your shoes are glued onto the cycle pedals!). We knew the athletes were coming, mainly be the car coming down the road flashing 'They're Coming' but also by the roar of the crowd and they whizzed by. I saw 2 Brownlees!!!!

The action continued with Alistair trying to encourage the other athletes to work together to increase the pace and maybe dispatch the weaker riders in the group (by dispatch I mean leave them behind, not kill them or anything). The athletes completed the 40km bike ride in no time at all and entered transition to get ready for the final part of the race - a 10km run. When Alistair got off his bike, it was clear to see that something was not quite right. He was wincing in pain and starting to struggle with the run. But I have to say he had a cracking pace on him when he passed us.

By the later part of the stages the race was down to 2 men, Johnny Brownlee and Javier Gomez. Whoever won the race would be crowned world champion. With Alistair bellowing at Johnny as the passed each other on the course, Johnny made a break with about 200 metres to go. It wasn't enough and Gomez won the race on the line.

It had been an exhilarating and exciting race. Once the national anthems had been sung, the crowd began to disperse, so I suggested to Chris that we go and have a look at the transition area.

Whilst we were waiting there, who came out to collect his bike but Alistair Brownlee!!!! He came over to the crowd to chat, sign autographs and take pictures and gaaaaagh I went really shy! When I worked in a bookshop and we had authors coming in to sign books, I always felt really star struck and would gibber away like an idiot. And so determined not to be a gibbering idiot in front of Alistair Brownlee, I stood there, said nothing, looking like a numpty and looking like a crazy stalker woman. (Doh!).

But I have to say, Alistair was lovely, really down to earth and happy to meet people even after a disappointing race.

Next  year the triathlon series starts in Auckland on April 5 and 6. It comes to London on May 31 and June 1. We are going to be watching again and of course cheering on our favourites

If you would like more information about the 2014 ITU World Series, then check out its website at 


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