The following image describes the World Triathlon Series Edmonton in numbers:
Yes, the conditions of WTS Edmonton were almost unlike any I’d ever experienced before, (except perhaps European Championships in Kitzbühel 2014). The athletes tent was a like a strange scene out of a war movie with an army preparing for battle against the cold, wind and rain. Except, in this case, the armor of choice was tin foil or plastic wrapped bodies, helmets and cycling shoes, arm warmers, duct tape and thick layers of Vaseline and warming creams.
Up next: The Grand Final Chicago
Prior to the Grand Final in Chicago (now only 5 days away!) I’ve been fortunate to train in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Valerie Barthelemy, an up-coming Belgian-American triathlete competing in the Aquathlon in Chicago on Wednesday. The recovery for my foot remains slow and I must remain patient with the rebuilding process. In all honesty, it can be difficult to approach a race knowing I am not at my fully ready. It sometimes feels like going into battle, but without a suit of armor or weapons. However, this doesn’t mean I’m not ready to fight; in fact it may just mean I need to learn kung fu. So much like this scene below from A Knight’s Tale, fully prepared or not, and despite a season characterized by mishaps, I still have a fighting spirit and I’m am ready to attack this race with every ounce of energy I possess.
The Elite women race gets underway 17:00 local time (midnight Belgian time) on Friday, September 18, 2015 for Katrien Verstuyft and myself. Be sure to cheer on all the Belgians competing including: Junior Noah Servais, Under 23 Christophe De Keyser, and Elite Men Jelle Geens, Simon De Cuyper and Marten Van Riel. You can find a full race schedule here and follow the race live on Triathlonlive.tv.
Thanks to my friends, family and fans for the continued encouragement!! And a big thank you to my sponsors Mathot, Alii Sport, Skechers and JollySox for the support!