Wildflower is an amazing race. It is in a beautiful and remote location, has a honest course and provides an all around good time. I went back this year in hopes of being stronger on the course than I was last year. However, due to the unrelenting nature of the course I knew there would be points I would not feel strong and powerful but I think we all feel that way at some point during the day---it is that hard. The key was to get through it and keep trudging forward.
|Lunch at our house on Lake Nacimiento. TriCal is amazing, they treat us ALL like family.|
The lead up to the race looked a lot like the picture. Just relaxing with a little swim, bike and run thrown in to keep me loose. The pool at Oak Shores was actually 20 yards long with lines on the bottom so I had a good pre-race swim on Friday. Although, given the lake temperature it probably would have been warmer than the pool. I ate well, had a good nights' sleep and woke up Saturday morning ready to go. I was not too nervous just anxious to get the show on the road. Once the race starts I feel much better as I am in "control" of what is going on. And, even though I am a swimmer the swim start always gives me butterflies.
|Out of the swim. Just behind Leanda. Good stuff.|
I chose to start on the outside so I had some clear water to my left. I had a good line to the first buoy and knew that if I had a good start I would get out of the fray quickly. My start was great and although I was one of the last people off the line (apparently when they count down everyone goes on "1"--duly noted) I was able to get out in front after a few strokes and make my way to the front/middle in search of Leanda's feet. As I suspected when I got to the first buoy Leanda was right there and for awhile I swam next to her and then hopped on her feet. Towards the end of the swim she got away just a smidge but I kept it close coming out f the water :13 down and exiting T1 right on her heels.
|Biking. Amazing Scenery and Challenging hills.|
|Up another hill....|
|The only "flat" part of the run. I am happy here because I made it up the HUGE hill and did not face plant on the way down. Score.|
All and all my second try at Wildflower was a success---Andy and I had a fun road trip, we hung out with friends and I raced hard. THAT is a good weekend.
Next up is Alcatraz, one of my all time favorites. There are exciting things happening like new swim stuff from Blue Seventy and NEW bikes. That's right, bike porn is on the way! I have not ridden a new bike since 2007 which I think is pretty amazing (and not common in the triathlon scene).
Happy and Safe Training to all.
Race Photos Courtesy of Kevin Koresky at Trilounge.com.