Away from the hustle of downtown London and the excitement of the Olympic Village the USA Triathlon Team has their pre-race residence camp in Guildford, at the Surrey Sports Park, part of the University of Surrey. In addition to their 50 meter pool, there is a testing lab, soccer I mean football fields and an assortment of squash courts, rock climbing and other facilities.
The flags in the window represent the nations of the athletes training here. No one is actually representing the Nation of Starbucks, but it is great to have it here.
This gives the USA Triathletes an opportunity to work with their individual coaches and get some rest in a very relaxed atmosphere. In addition to having great meals, the team masseuse and chiropractor are also here to provide some TLC.
This morning started with a 7:00 swim where we were joined by an ABC News crew.
Having raced in Hamburg, Matt Chrabot came into Guildford as the Men’s Team alternate.
Both Gwen and Manny started their day in wetsuits, just in case their is cold water on race day.
Gwen was filmed for an upcoming ABC News feature.
Jeffery Kofman from ABC News interviewed Gwen.
Hunter passed on the early morning swim, headed for the Surrey Performance Lab for his workout.
The results of Hunter’s effort is seen by the sweat dripping from his top tube.
You have to look closely, if you want to see Hunter’s feet.
Manny and his training partner, Costa Rican Olympian Leonardo Chacon, did a mid afternoon trail run.
Upon returning from their run, an Olympic Broadcast Services crew had arrived for a planned interview.
Although the Team will be here a few more days, I will head back to London after tomorrow’s morning workout. We are working on getting access to a few things that you will likely never see on TV – Hopefully we will have some exciting images do share!
Cheers from Guildford.