Saturday, August 3, 2013

First Race Accomplished!

Today was the first of three races for us here at the World Games. It was the sprint distance and it was held in a park and residential area in the southern part of the city. Ross ran a great race, probably the cleanest he's had all season and finished 29th out of 39. I just didn't have the legs today to run a good race. I had one speed from the beginning and it was not fast. Struggled to continuing running, and ran a mostly clean sprint, coming in 26th out of 40. Teammate Ali Crocker was the major superstar today, finishing 5th and only 3 seconds out of third!! Simply amazing!!

We've been doing some siteseeing and spectating at other events as well, so I'll just add some pictures below before I head off to bed for an early rise tomorrow. The one great thing about jetlag is that waking up at 6.15 am is not a problem :)

Afternoon fika. Trying to select from the delicious array of pastries.

Fika with friends. 5 pastries and 2 coffees for 7000 pesos, which is about $3. Great food and great coffee! Sugar rush for the afternoon.

Cultural fair going on in the park. Locals share their craft from their region of Colombia.

Our hotel. Tallest building in Cali, third tallest in Colombia. The room on the 17th floor has the most fantastic view of the city.

Rugby Sevens final match between South Africa and Argentina. Never having watched much rugby before, it was really fun. And each half was only 10 minutes long, so it's over quickly! South Africa won!
Tomorrow we race in the morning again, with start times between 9.45 and noon. You can follow us here.

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