Subject: Farewell, China!
Today was my last day of training in Asia for the time being. Tomorrow I fly back to America, travel around to see family, and eventually end up in Northern Virginia later this month. I got in a memorable mountain ride on Saturday with the Beijing Peleton (4,400 foot climb over 47 miles and some beautiful, dramatic scenery) and a nice long run down to Tian'anmen Square and up Wangfujing pedestrian street this morning. I won't miss the awful air for running, the crowded streets for cycling, or the late pool openings for swimming, but this is where I got into triathlon, and it will always hold a special place in my heart if only for that. Plus, as an early morning trainer, I will sorely miss the 4:30-5:00am sunrises over the summer!
I'll continue to hang out in the SE Asia forum, and I look forward to seeing how everyone progresses and what races you end up doing. Thanks for all of the support, especially from Karen, Andrew, Yanti, and everyone else in the region. Look me up if you find yourself in Washington (DC) or Northern Virginia.