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Team USA athlete and 717 Endurance Head Coach Mike Hebe lays out the ups and downs of being a triathlete in his latest race with Team USA Belfort in the 2013 ITU Long Course World Championships Triathlon.
The qualification process for this event started a full eighteen months prior to race day. To earn a Team USA spot you need to qualify for Half-Ironman Nationals the year prior to Worlds. To qualify for Nationals you need a qualifying race in the year prior to that. I qualified for Nationals when I raced in Kona at Ironman distance Worlds. I qualified for the International Triathlon Union Worlds with a 10th place overall at US Half-Ironman Nationals last September.
On to the event. The race took place in Belfort, France. Belfort is a small town in Northeastern France, very close to the Swiss border. It was not a tourist town, which was good since it rained seven of the nine days I was in France. Rain is not bad, except when it is 45 degrees out and you share a small European hotel room with two teammates.