It started on arrival descending in the aeroplane where i was sure the cloud cover was super low...that "cloud" cover was unfortunatley the smog!, the lovely air we would breath for the next
week!..So with the air ratio 50 : 50 oxygen to filth, no
sun shine able to sneak its face through the black skies, and 150 ppl per square
meter of space, it was a warm welcome to China!
Upside of China was our accomodation, big rooms with a fish tank!!...unfortunately, i think the chinese sewrage system could have been a little out of date though with the bathrooms leaving a somewhat unpleasant odour
room to room! After two days of China food, the casualties began, with a number of the Aussie team athletes being struck down with gastro, myself included, the day before my race.
Race day was again not such a positive day for myself, still feeling average with tummy cramps, and a one lap swim which looked a mile long!(no pun intended) it was a dive into the balmy water of the Chinese Dam, yes which was the
drinking water supply, free for us to pee, spit or whatever we wanted to do in the water, (and im sure there was a couple of dead bodies hidden down there too!)...mmm the drinking supply of the Chinese.
An average swim saw me exit just off the back of the third pack before jumping n the bike to catch up the 1st of 6 big hill climbs. Just behind in chase of me were a couple of solid riders from Japan and Germany, after joining together with another rider from Netherlands we had a good grouo of 4 working well together and were chasing down the pack, good news...until I got a flat!
Merde! As timing would have it I couldnt have asked for a better place to get a flat, right in front of the wheel stop! But unfortunately after the Chinese taking 5 minutes to find the freaking aussies wheels, and then me discovering that my breaks were callibrated to tight to fit the big fat wheel, I had to change wheels again...as you can imagine this whole process cost me way too much time and I was forced to pull out :(...So unfortunately I left Beijing with a big fat DNF, a flat tire, a broken deraillure, tummy cramps, and no voice from breathing in something the chinese pretend to call air?
The rest of the Aussie girls ran super strong to run themselves back up the field but unfortunately had lost too much time in the chase pack to be in contention for the medals.
Oh well time to leave Beijing and jump on a plane to Asian country number two, Japan, to hit up the last of teh Dextro series in Yokohama. Woo Bring on the sushi!