The voyage started last Tuesday when I flew from
Here is a nice pic of the condo where we were staying. The resort was huge and climate and vegetation reminded me of North Carolina but without the mountains.
I was staying with Kevin Lisska, his girlfriend
Here is lunch after the swim. A panini, cappuccino, and cookie from a cafe in Almere Stad.
That night we had dinner with the Elite Team USA members.
We had talked about going into
Kevin, myself, Coach Lindsay, and Chris before the meet and great athletes' dinner on Friday night.
Window shopping in Almere Centraal after dinner. Check out the weave on those Nikes. Also check the price tag and remember those are Euros, people...
Its MJ! Apparently the Europeans still love him.
Saturday was then a fairly typical pre-race day. We (Kevin, Chris Bagg who is the other guy staying with us, and I) rode our bikes over to the race site where we had to rack them. One nice benefit of this race was that everyone got his/her own large blue plastic box to put things in. I’m not sure if this was just because this was the World Championships or if the local race directors always provided them but they were really nice. Additionally, there was plenty of room in transition which always makes things easier on race morning. The coolest part of the transition though had to be the personalized signs for the elites. After racking the bikes we got in a short swim and were ready to hop on the shuttle bus and head back to the condo to chill out. Unlike Wednesday through Friday, Saturday was sunny and much warmer, making it a very nice day. The weather was supposed to hold up through Sunday, causing us to look forward to a great day of racing.
My sign in transition. Cool stuff.
Sunday was the race. It will be covered in a later blog entry. Sunday night Kevin,
While I didn’t get to sight see as much as I would’ve liked, I did learn a few things about the Dutch culture.
- Heineken is very popular.
- If you ask for water with a meal, expect to pay for it.
- The Dutch like their espresso, pastries, and French fries (with mayonnaise), but aren’t so keen on the veggies.
- Everyone speaks English. While I initially felt like a total jerk for not being able to speak Dutch, I eventually realized everyone could (and would) speak English.
- Expect poor service at restaurants but other than that expect people to be generally friendly.