in Budapest now, arrived yesterday afternoon. We are staying in quite a nice apartment, rooming with the other u19s; Edward Rawles and Sam Osbourne plus u23 Tom Davison, good bunch of guys so its all good. Budapest is very different, quite run down and dodgy in some parts, but also some real nice old buildings and stuff. Drivers here are crazy ae seen one crash on our ride today and about 100 other close calls, lots of action, never a dull moment in Europe, bit busiet than Riversdale thats for sure!!! Went for swim today and cruisy bike, was good to have a look around. With the race, there are two transitions, about 6km apart, so thats going to be different and new to me. Water in river is real dirty, but we swimming in a lagoon type thing adjacent to the river, pontoon start with 77 other guys, going to be a full on washing machine start...intense. Bike 6km into town then lap it up couple times, then ran around town and over the famous chain bridge that Budapest is known for a couple of times, should be good, maybe wont have time to check out the scenery though!! Road is bit rough, heaps pot holes which will be good, keep everyone alert and honest ae. Preperation has been good, hard to come off such a high after Youth Olympics and try put it together again but ill give it my best shot, im looking forward to it and never the less its a valuable experience for next year u19, lucky to have 2 chances at this grade. Its been raining here tonight/afternoon, hopefully it snows for my race haha na i dont mind the weather conditions, rain and cold will suit me better as the Euro's have just come out of a hot summer of racing and will be ready for the heat...Im not, ive come from weather in gore! But heat doesnt worry me either, handled it not to bad in Singapore. Done all the hard work, now just got to put the pieces together and hopefully it works out. Can only do what I can do and ill get the results i deserve, so thats all you can ask. Looking forward to getting home, the trip has been wondeful and truly awesome, but I think after the youth olympics im still waiting to get home and celebrate and catch up with everyone, been away for a month now and as cool as it is to be away there is no place like home ae. Had to laugh yesterday at the airport and on the plane, few of the NZ team members were asked if they were the NZ kid who won Youth Olympics (as we all had elite team kit on), so its funny how prestigious that race was and how the news from the 'olympic' world is spread around the world ae, so many people know and have heard about it. pretty awesome, but now not the under dog and boy in the shadows of before. But one more job to do and thats worlds, can watch it live on www.triathlon.org/tv for free, i would give the exact link but computer not letting me. I race 5.30pm local time here on Sunday night which is 3.30am Monday morning in NZ. Will keep updated with race preparation in next few days and fingers crossed all goes well.
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