It would not come as a surprise to say that things in the village and the competition site are not fully prepared yet. I love Mexico, but even I am a bit surprised. That's life though and none of us seem to be discouraged; amused perhaps. After three nights here, we've got our team gear, developed relationships with our support staff. We have an awesome team doctor, Dory Boyer, and physio, Kitiji. My home physiotherapist is also here as team staff so I'm quite fortunate.
The food has been very average, with large wait times. But, we've found with some creativity, we can make the meals interesting enough. And, we have a great team lounge with food and entertainment. It is a pretty cool environment as all the Canadians are here. We were one of the first teams to roll in (Opening Ceremonies are tomorrow), but now others are arriving. Swimmers are here, women's soccer and volleyball, tae kwon do, the shooters and I'm sure a number of other sports that I've not noticed in the flurry of activity yet. Kurt Harnett is the assistant Chef de Mission, which is cool because I still have a poster of him on my wall in my room at my parent's house from years back. He is one of the most celebtrated cyclists from Canada.
The weather has been difficult since our arrival - rain non-stop. This has created challenges in every regard. Our venue isn't ready yet (I think blaming this on the weather is a little too convenient...). However, the facility is very cool. One spot with a temporary pool and raised fencing strips beside the pool (under a covered riding arena). This is at the Hipica Club, a nice barn. We've visited twice. The first time was great as we saw some of the 3-day event riders from South America. I enjoy watching them as you don't get to see those types of athletes often and I'm always curious what they are up to. Since our venue isn't ready, we've trained below the Athletes' Village in what will be the parking lot following the Games. The COC does a commendable job preparing our site so we have the ability to train, eat, recover (awesome massages from Kip Petch!) be comfortable, and avoid the distractions or be as minimally effected by interuptions such as the weather or poor planning. It appears the weather is going to get better just in time for this weekend. Great timing!
One aspect of pentathlon that is really great is our relationship with broader sport community, as we often know athletes from other sports. It makes it a more welcoming environment and is sure a reminder of how big our sport circle is. A lot of these people I very rarely see. There is comfort in knowing they are slugging away in their personal cycle with the same objective in mind as mine. Thanks for checking in. I'll keep you posted. Josh.