LOCALS IN LONDON

One ticket for the women's triathlon


Nancy Fitzpatrick at the women's triathlon in London. (Submitted photo)

Published: Monday, August 6, 2012 at 11:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 6, 2012 at 11:53 a.m.

After almost missing our connecting flight from Atlanta to London, due to weather (we literally ran from Terminal D to the International Terminal, and got to the gate just as they were getting ready to open seating to stand-by passengers), our travel went smoothly, sailed thru  passport control and customs, and were greeted by Ludus Tours, and whisked to The Gore, our hotel for duration of our stay.

With our free afternoon, not wanting to nap and ruin our nights' sleep, we wandered thru Hyde Park (a 5-minute walk from The Gore), checked out the transition area and swim/bike/run courses, and then I dragged my reluctant, non-shopper husband through Harrod's. A trip to London would not be complete without that!

At Happy Hour at The Gore, we met our Ludus guide(s), and got our goodie bags and tickets to the River Cruise, but through an unexplained oversight, they only obtained one ticket to the Women's triathlon. This was a big disappointment since that was our primary reason for coming to London.

Rod was gracious and gave up the one ticket to me, so I could sit in the grandstands, and cheer our American girls on ... which I did, and our USA  Sarah Groff ran a wonderful race, narrowly missing out a medal, taking a very close fourth place.

The weather is typically British, changing every 10 minutes, but the rain held off for the whole race, even though slippery roads caused several bike crashes for the poor women triathletes.

- Nancy Fitzpatrick

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