Saturday, August 16, 2008

Arrival Into Beijing

Yesterday our team arrived into Beijing and had a wonderful surprise….clear, blue skies! This is my third time racing in Beijing; however, it seems as if this is my first time really “seeing” the country. The view flying into Beijing, we could see lots of rolling green hills and even mountains in the distance! The triathlon race venue is absolutely picturesque with rolling green hills, many trees and ancient temples scattered across the mountains. I really hope this weather holds up through Monday and Tuesday for the races. It would be great for the world to see how beautiful the venue truly can be without thick smog.
The past several days, Beijing experienced lots of rain, so I think that lead to clearing out the air. In addition, the city has worked to clean up the air by reducing driving and shutting down factories inside the city. We never know what race day hold, but we can only hope for conditions like today. The temperatures are very nice for racing as well, with highs in the mid-80s and lower humidity!
Today we had a busy day: training at the venue, the race briefing and media events. The race briefing was different than world cups, in that we had to pick our swim spot at the end of the briefing instead of picking the spot on the starting line race morning. I picked spot number three and I will be starting on the right hand side of the pontoon. The first swim buoy is 560 meters out, so we should not have too much congestion at the first buoy.
Some of my family members arrived late last night and are spending the day sightseeing. My parent arrive tomorrow and will probably be a little jet lagged, since this is their first oversees flight. The longest flight they have been on before this trip was under three hours, so I hope they are doing okay on the plane as I type this now!!
Tomorrow will be spent with training in all three sports and getting my muscles activated and ready to race on Monday. I have less than two days before the gun goes off (in our case horn). My race will also be shown at 10:00EST (8:00MST) on Sunday night, Aug. 17th.
I am looking forward to representing the red, white and blue!

11 comments:

Debbie said...

Yay! I'm so excited for your race. We'll definitely be tuning in to watch it live online at the Surface house! Best wishes for an AWESOME race!

Terri said...

Ditto that - good luck. We will be watching and wishing you all the best. Good luck, Sarah and go hard!!

corbin said...

good luck.. the triathlon is a tough race but i am sure you'll do the USA proud

Lynchmob said...

T minus 24 hours. This is what you have waited for the last 4 years.

You can't even imagine the publicity ou are getting here while you are gone.

I will not miss a second of the action.

Get to the front and don't let anyone pass you.

JL
Dad, Sponsor, Athlete, Business Owner
www.ShowMeCustomCables.com

Lora said...

We are all cheering for you today! I've told all my friends about you and they are eager to watch you race. We are so proud of you!
Love,
Lora, Justin, and Jacob!

Anonymous said...

Good luck Sarah! We are rooting for you here in Chicago!

Josh said...

Sarah,

Good luck if you have not already raced. I was very happy to hear that you are not only doing well but an olympian. Glad life is well and enjoy the beautiful country of China.

Best,

Josh Ward (P. South 99)

Brian said...

Congratulations on finishing 11th! Great to see you in the lead pack of both the swim and bike - that hill was brutal! What an incredible accomplishment! Everyone at T4A is so proud of your efforts and how well you represented the United States!

Great job!

Brian Thompson
Director of Program Development
Train 4 Autism

ErnieD said...

Congrats, Sarah and the entire women's team!!! You gave it your all and I couldn't be more proud. Thank you for representing the Nation in such splendid fashion! You and your teammates are the best!

Gerry said...

Aloha from Hawaii,
Congratulations on your Olympic experience. You're a winner in my book. Say hello to your folks for me.

The Wehrmeister's said...

Wow Sarah! I'm really impressed. Great job on making it to the Olympics. Just another fan here from Parkway South.

Jen (Autry) Wehrmeister

All Matching!

All Matching!
Some of the new 2011 TYR cycling kits matched great with my Fuji and Zipp wheels!

Run Shots!

Run Shots!
New 2011 run gear. Poor TJ was quite sore after his 70.3 the weekend prior.

Downtown Sydney

Downtown Sydney
This is taken from the 20th floor of my hotel room. You can see just to the left where we swam in near the Opera House.

Check out the Scenery

Check out the Scenery
Out training in Idaho before heading to the airport! Beautiful lake in the background.

Ready For 2024!

Ready For 2024!
My niece has my suit and Speedo backpack...ready to train (but I think she mentioned she was going to Six Flags!)

Marin Triathlon

Marin Triathlon
Becky and I hanging out at the awards post race

Seoul WCS Finish Line

Seoul WCS Finish Line
I though I had finished the race, but I forgot to cross the timing matt completely until 10 sec later!!

Holding the Cup!

Holding the Cup!
Race to the Toyota Cup winners in Dallas, Texas. The cup was heavy...and brrr it was a cold weekend in Dallas!

Post-Race

Post-Race
Matt Reed was first for the men's race

Crossing the Tape

Crossing the Tape
Always a good feeling to break the tape!

On the Bike in Minnesota

On the Bike in Minnesota
Here I am on my Blue at the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon this past Saturday

LTF Swim Start

LTF Swim Start
Here we are right at the horn (I am in the Blue). Thank Paul Phillips for all the great pics more at: http://www.competitiveimage.us/tri/Sarah-Haskins/index.html

Bike Shot

Bike Shot
Out on the bike course---quickly going through my bottles!!

Flying Dive

Flying Dive
Here I am headed back into the water after the first lap.

Crossing the Finish!

Crossing the Finish!
4th place

T2

T2
I am headed into the transition area--ready to run!

Washington DC WCS #3

Washington DC WCS #3
Here is a pic of my bike pack out on the course

Ready, Set....GO!

Ready, Set....GO!
My parents came to visit me in Colorado over Memorial Day weekend (Nate was out of town). They came along to a track workout and Sarah wanted to race me!!!

Cheyanne Mountain Zoo

Cheyanne Mountain Zoo
Feeding the giraffes---they have LONG tongues...

Enjoying a Popsicle!

Enjoying a Popsicle!
Maybe most is not getting in her mouth...but that's not always the point, right? Sarah and my parents are enjoying a lunch at the training center.

Run Workouts For Runners and Triathletes

Run Workouts For Runners and Triathletes
Here is a picture of Bobby McGee's new book.

Babies are Wiped Out

Babies are Wiped Out
Megan and I are holding the sleeping girls---

Sarah, Sarah and Anna

Sarah, Sarah and Anna
Sarah (2 yrs) is getting to know her new baby sister!

Sarah Sharing Her Tags!

Sarah Sharing Her Tags!
When Sarah goes to sleep she puts the tags from her blankets on her eyelashes (she always uses the yellow one). She also thinks everyone else wants the tag when they sleep too---including her newborn sister!

Mom, Baby and Sarah

Mom, Baby and Sarah
Megan and Anna are both doing well. This picutre was the day Megan and Anna got to come home from the hospital. Sarah giving Anna some snuggels!

Michael and Meghan's Wedding

Michael and Meghan's Wedding
Nate and I are getting ready to walk down the asile for my brother's wedding.

High Powered Fans

High Powered Fans
These fans are the horsepower of the tunnel...very powerful! They can simulate speeds of 80mph.

Holding the Flower Girl!

Holding the Flower Girl!
Feb. 14th wedding day....Nate and I are holding our niece, Sarah. She did a great job walking down the asile at 23 months!

Inside the Tunnel

Inside the Tunnel
On my Triad, in my new aero position!

Last Minute Travel

Last Minute Travel
Here we are with our U-Haul...we made it safe and sound!

Wren Hollow Elementary

Wren Hollow Elementary
A couple of weeks ago I went back to my Elementary school and spoke to the kids about Triathlon, goal setting and the Olympics! They gave a wonderful welcome with signs, posters, and cheers!

Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning
My Mom, Sarah and I are playing with Sarah while she is enjoying her new toy. This elephant is very strong...my Dad sat on it and it held (he is 230lbs!!)

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Here is Jess snuggling with her babies (Gwen and Rowan). Gwen looks a lot like Jess and Rown look like his daddy, Lucas.

Snow!

Snow!
This view is off my parents deck (the last picture showed the many colors of fall...but winter can be beautiful too!)

Post Parade

Post Parade
Busch Stadium in the background....looks different without the crowds!

On the Run in Beijing

On the Run in Beijing
Racing in the Olympics---if you wonder what the black strap is in my suit, it is my timing chip. It was falling off of my ankle on the bike and I did not want it to get stuck in my chain ring, so I ripped it off and shoved it in my suit!

Another View of Winter

Another View of Winter
Same view as earlier blog post, but with snow!

Holiday Night Out to Dinner

Holiday Night Out to Dinner
Nate and I with Tommy, Sarah (brother-in-law and his finace) and a friend of Sarah's. Tommy and Sarah are getting married October 17th.

Wedding in Minnesota

Wedding in Minnesota
Nate, my cousin Matt Beasley, his wife Lindsay and I. The wedding was beautiful!

Thanksgiving Parade

Thanksgiving Parade
Here I am ready to ride in the yellow Mazda (sponsor for the parade). It was great to see all the families and kids out to watch...

Fall Folliage

Fall Folliage
View off my parents deck

Fall Folliage

Fall Folliage
View from my parents deck

Lake Shot

Lake Shot
View of the pond on my parents property