For the past 2 months, 2 very prominent australian triathletes have been the guest speakers at the San Diego Triathlon Club meetings. Back in December, it was Michellie Jones, who won the Ironman Championship in 2006. In January, it was Chris "Macca" McCormack. Chris has had quite a career as a professional triathlete - to much to list here. But to sum it up, he was named the triathlete of the year by multiple triathlon & endurance media companies. He's pretty damn good. Oh, and he was second this year at the Hawaii Ironman Championship - by only 71 seconds. He was only 71 seconds back in a 8+ hour race. Insane.
Anyhow, so these two were the first aussies I have ever met, and they are really cool people. Very down to earth, great accent, and give new definition to the term "laid back". I live in San Diego, and most people here consider themselves "laid back".
San Diegans have nothing on the aussies in the "laid back" department.
So, at this months meeting w/ Macca, I asked him if he would be willing to do a happy birthday video for my buddy Jeff, whose birthday was just this past friday. His response "of course mate, I'd be more than happy to!"
How cool is that!?!? Here is pretty much "the man" in this sport, and here I am, some MOP AG(middle of the pack age grouper), saying hey, can you be in a video with me? We had a blast doing a quick 10 second video wishing jeff happy birthday, good luck w/ the rest of his treatments, and Macca saying that he was gonna hold 2 seats for us at the bar if (when?) we do Ironman Australia in 2009. Here is the video:
Anyhow, so Australians are really cool people, and I think I'd need to travel there to do a triathlon in the future!!!