Photos: My Journey to Rotterdam

By Jacqueline Godbe | Sept. 27, 2017, 7:06 p.m. (ET)

The long and winding road, that leads, to race day

Takes a train, plane and a car, it’s a long ways away

With a 7-hour time zone leap, I’m so jet-lagged today!

Rotterdam’s wild, windy and “raw,” seriously blew me away

I had to chase my luggage down, it nearly got away

But now we’ve gotten here, I’m excited to race. Hooray!

1. Today starts like so many of my days: at the CompuTrainer studio with Coach Chris. However, because it’s taper time, that means I DON’T have to give every ounce today. Just some good 5-10 minutes burst of sub-threshold work.

2. More chocolate and bubbly. Until after the race on Sunday, grape Nuun is going to be as close as I get to champagne.

3. Uber to O’Hare! Normally, I’d take the CTA, but neither John nor I felt like hauling our massive bags.

4. Safely at O’Hare, we finally realize that we’re wearing matching shirts … oops!

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5. Race day dragons know the importance of hydration. See that guilt-inducing stare? They’re trying to remind me to drink!

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6. And also sleep once I get on the plane. They’ve joined forces with my neck pillow. (Seriously, did I just accidentally match everything today? This is getting weird!)

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7. Melatonin helps induce sleep. John and I plan to try and sleep on the plane to try and shift our sleep schedules over to Rotterdam time. That means going to bed at 7 p.m.! We’ll need all the help we can get.

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8. Plane food is plain food. (OK, it’s actually not that bad! John had a pretty good cheese tortellini and was kind enough to share.)

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9. Sleep! At last!

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10. Breakfast!

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11. Second breakfast and second coffee. It’s 10 a.m., which means it’s been 4 hours since our last breakfast. And another round of coffee is necessary just to stay upright.

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12. Cars, planes and TRAINS! Our adventure wouldn’t be complete without a third form of transportation. Fortunately, the train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam is quiet, fast and runs really frequently.

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13. Coffee No. 3. Despite our best efforts, we only slept 4-5 hours last night. And noon in Rotterdam is 2 a.m. in Chicago. We are really, really dragging.

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14. But we made it!!!!! The race is really coming and I’m super excited to race. This is better than chocolate or peanut butter or even chocolate AND peanut butter together.

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Read more from Jacquie in “A Day in the Life.” Learn more about the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, at rotterdam.triathlon.org