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a REAL bike just in time for Embrunman–a real team effort!

Before I go into detail on my incredible race yesterday at Embrunman, which is now classified as my new “best day of my life,” I want to acknowledge everybody that helped me get a fully functional, fully geared bike JUST in time for the race!

As Khan had his aneurysm just 2.5 weeks ago, my quickest option for getting an intact Cervelo frameset was to retrieve my old friend Blue Steel from Ria in the Philippines.  He was happily hanging out in her apartment enjoying his retirement, getting cheap massages every day and eating lumpia and mangos, but was ready to go back into battle at a moment’s notice.  Ria happened to be going on a business trip to London, so he hitched a free ride with her on the plane.  Once in London, my travel sponsor Mark Cathcart (with his UK connections) contacted his good friend John Levison of Tri247.com.  (Yes…a true Asian Triathlon Superstar has friends and friends of friends everywhere around the world.)  Mark helped cover shipping costs while John arranged the pickup of Blue Steel from Ria and sent him on his way to Switzerland.  So thank you Ria, Mark, and John!

Blue Steel then got caught up in customs in Geneva from the Friday through the Monday right before the race.  Coach’s better half Fiona was on the phone and email with customs for two days to make sure Blue Steel would get to Leysin not just before we left on Thursday, but in time to get all the components switched out and built up.  Thanks to her tenacity the bike frame arrived Tuesday afternoon!  So thank you Fiona and Brett!

he's really really ridiculously good looking, isn't he?

he's really really ridiculously good looking, isn't he?

The final step was taken care of by our resident bike doctor, Abi’s Steve.  He had less than 24 hours to turn Blue Steel back into a real bike, and Nicola and Rebekah helped donate some money to cover the costs.  By Thursday morning I had a real bike again with 20 gear options!  19 more than the previous two weeks…so thank you Steve, Nicola, and Bek!!

we made it to Embrun!

we made it to Embrun!

A sincerely huge thank you to everybody for making it possible to actually get to the starting line of Embrunman with a real bike (and not a “fixed gear” bike).  It means so much to me to have all of you on my side.  I really am the luckiest girl in the world, as Coach keeps telling me.  I am just grateful beyond words and have dedicated my race to you.  Obviously I couldn’t have done so well without your help!  Race report coming next!

yeah I thought this racking system was a bit odd too!

yeah I thought this racking system was a bit odd too!

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