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JORDAN Frapwell is hoping that the road to becoming a top-flight international triathlete will start in London's Hyde Park tomorrow.
The 20-year-old makes his Great Britain debut over the course used for the Olympic Games last year, and will also get the chance to see the legendary Brownlee brothers in action.
Frapwell is not rubbing shoulders with the Olympic heroes in the elite race of the World Championships quite yet – he is taking part in the age-group races – but that is where his ultimate goal lies.
But for now Frapwell is content to dip his toe into the international waters for the first time and cannot wait to get cracking.
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"I am ready and really excited," said Frapwell, who lives in Stroud.
"It is an early start at 8.15am because there are so many races, culminating in the Brownlees on Sunday and the top women on Saturday.
"It will be great to see them in action close up and what they do. The whole weekend is going to be an amazing experience."
Since being selected to make his international debut after finishing fifth in the British Championships Frapwell has stepped up his training and reckons he is in the best shape of his life.
"Graham Brookhouse, who is a two-times Olympian and won a bronze medal in the modern pentathlon, has been giving me a lot of good advice on how to treat events like this," added Frapwell.
"He has told me to think of Friday as just like another race and not be overwhelmed by the whole thing.
"He has also been giving me some help with my swimming sessions at Cheltenham Lido where I have been training alongside some great swimmers and also tips on being quicker on the bike."
Of course Frapwell now has to put together all those disciplines – a 750m swim in the Serpentine followed by a 20K ride test and then a 5K run – into one seamless performance.
"While I can't control what happens on the day in terms of getting a puncture or some unlucky event like that I can control what leads up to it, and I am very fit and ready to race," added Frapwell.
"I am going there to enjoy the event and it will be great to have all my family, including my brother, parents and grandparents, up there supporting me."