Clearly Denmark isn't worth going to unless they offer the Legend program!
h2ofun wrote: Now just need to see if Denmark is going to have the Legend program or not
It will be interesting to see if they do have it; partly because from a financial standpoint, the program was obviously unsuccessful for Penticton (and the cynic in me believes that was the principal purpose); and secondly, I wonder if that kind of thing even resonates in European culture. Belt buckles in particular, are more of a North American thing--most commonly associated with 100 mile ultra events. Maybe someone from Scandanavia will post whether that might be an attraction for European athletes. Denmark sent a contingent of organizers to learn from Penticton ... their report will probably be key on whether to include it or not.
Question for you: will you defend your Aquathlon title if they don't? You should!
I hate airplanes. Penticton was only 3 hours. Flying to Denmark will be a LOT longer than that.
I did comment to the Denmark RD in Penticton that if they had no legend, not sure I would go. Even with it, not sure it is the best way to spent time and money. Will need to see what the wife, and family, wants to do. I have never missed a July 4th at my house in 30 years. Our community has a huge party at the lake all day long, ending with a huge fire works display right outside my backyard.
From the folks I have talked with, the Legend program was not more successful because they did not announce it, and the open waves, until way late. Initially you have to qualify and race 4 events, for us, as TeamUSA. Well, that is a 2 year process. And since most cannot meet this standard, they lowered to you only needing one qualified event and could do up to 3 open. I am proud I qualified for 4 but still hard work for others I know who also did opens.
So if they continue to drag their feet, many would not have a choice since folks are already making plans and reservations. Would be real hard not to go if I qualify for 4 again, which I think I will, and they offer the legend carrot again. Some folks are quarter horses, some, like me, are a work horse.
I got lucky that John Hill decided to do the cross tri, instead of the Aquathlon for his legend. Would have been a real close race since we are close on the swim and run. I sure would not go to Denmark just for the Aquathlon, just like I have no desire to spent the time and money to go to Texas for the Aquathlon Nationals and race for the National title. Nah, just a hobby. :) Let others race for the title, and trip to Denmark.
So, I forget, I think you are not doing Denmark?
Good job in Penticton by the way. That was one amazing race venue and organization.
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