World class triathletes are in Bermuda for the second stop of the ITU World Triathlon Series that is taking place tomorrow in Hamilton and the island has been BUZZING with athletes all week.
The pool at NSC has been busy with swimmers, the streets of the island have seen an increase in Pelotons cycling and all week long, I saw groups of runners hitting the streets of Hamilton around 3 pm. I think the elite athletes are trying to adapt to the heat and humidity they may encounter tomorrow afternoon.
Coming out of the pool this morning I struck up a conversation with three elite athletes who had just finished their swim. (Thing 1 would have been embarrassed, she doesn’t like when I talk to strangers.) When I asked them, ”Where are you guys from?” They responded they were from Brighton, UK. I said, ”I love Brighton. I ran the half there a couple years back.” One of them said, ”It takes place in February.” And we started to talk about running. They told me they were here last year for the first edition of the Triathlon and they were a bit surprised with Corkscrew Hill. So this year they came early to practice.
This is Corkscrew Hill that they have to cycle 10 times and run 4 times!
The reason why the ITU World Triathlon series stops in Bermuda is because of Flora Duffy. Flora is probably the best athlete ever to come from Bermuda. She is the 2016 and 2017 ITU World Triathlon series World Champion, the 2015 and 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion, and a four-time winner (2014-2017) of the XTERRA World Championships. She won Gold at the last Commonwealth games. The only hardware she is missing is an Olympic Medal. Last year she dominated in Bermuda winning by a big margin but sadly this year she has been injured and has not competed yet. She is however on the island and participating in the relay portion tomorrow so Bermudians will be able to watch her compete.
Flora is everywhere!
The barricades have started to go up downtown, tonight is the kids’ duathlon and tomorrow the main event. This means that we will be staying away from town and watching it live on TV. If you want to watch this event and see how beautiful the island is, I believe you will be able to watch on BBC sports and failing that, just go to http://www.triathlonlive.tv.
Happy Tri weekend everyone!