Monday, May 26, 2014

Folsom Training Day Report

Yesterday I went up to the Nimbus Dam Recreation Area for a training day. I'm not doing the Folsom race this year for a variety of reasons, but I wanted to check out swimming conditions there.

I had a blast!

I went up with my sister and my son's dog and met up with my niece and her family so it wasn't all about triathlon. I also carpooled up with another triathlete who is planning to do the Long course and wanted to swim and bike (and maybe run) it before the race.

Friday, May 16, 2014

My One and Only Wildflower Mountain Bike Race

Wildflower Triathlon Festival, as it is officially called, is one of my favorite racing experiences. I first did the race somewhat on a whim in 2009, my first year of racing. A friend was flying in from Louisiana to do the Long course as one of their featured athletes and I wanted to come out to cheer him on. I decided if I was going to be out there all weekend, I might as well race and signed up for the Olympic Course (after dithering between it and the Mountain Bike for a week) when I hadn't run more than 4.5 miles without stopping and had only biked 26 miles one time. It turned out to be a good decision, though, and I had a great time and I was hooked.

I've been back every year and raced every year but 2012 (when my brain injury wouldn't let me even do yoga let alone train for a triathlon). Last year I was barely working out so I put together a relay team and did the swim. My team was awesome but it was surprisingly hard to find team members and my cyclist had a plumbing emergency and had to be replaced at the last minute, which was stressful.

I decided this year I didn't have the energy to put together another relay team and I'm not cleared to do Olympic distance so I just wasn't going to do the race.

But... it's Wildflower!