This was my 3rd Wildflower Long Course (70.3) and my 2nd WF2 (Long Course on Saturday and Olympic on Sunday)
WF is the "woodstock of triathlon" 5000 people camping and racing and having fun. Camping is so fun in theory but I learned that an RV is the way to go. We scored the lottery this year in an RV at Lynch which is at the bottom of the BIG ASS hill. Year 1 I camped in Redondo Vista , year 2 I RV'd in Redondo Vista and year 3 I RV'd in Lynch which is pretty much like the Four Seasons vs Camping in Redondo Vista which is the Motel 6. So IF,okay lets be honest, WHEN, I go back I need an RV at Lynch with a butler. If you have not been to WF this makes no sense....but lets just say when you UP the hill you are slogging up a dirty dusty 1 mile hill 2x a day and it sucks. So thank you Dana and 303 Triathlon for the sweet camping spot.
My roomies- Alison (who I coach) , Dana and Khem are "media" were racing and covering the race for 303 Triathlon so they scored the sweet spot. I paid for my share and had a tiny bunk bed that was 5'9" long and had a ladder and a mattress the was thinner than our dog beds
We had hot coffee in the AM! I was happy! Saturday was Long Course and I was wave #11. Remember my last rant about wanting AG waves? well I got them- but why not put the old ladies in the front...we melt in the heat after all. Right what classic triathlete- always bitching! I was happy about the wave start so I could actually race.
Lake swim- while not clear it tasted clean and I swam. I was in 4th gear and could not get to 5th gear and my swim time showed it- Also HELLO WF..... why was the GIANT balloon arch at the swim start and NOT the swim finish-- you know when you are .5 miles away sighting and you swim towards the giant arch only to be tapped on the head and told to go around the dock to the swim exit - OH I see the tiny tear drop banner now that I am 10 feet away. Seriously? Up the long and steep ramp and up again....
On my bike to a legit bike course with 3483 ft of climbing on shit roads. It was not super hot yet and I was happy but my legs
water, the nice bottles dont squeeze so its hard to pour into a front
Off the bike and onto the run which is just fucking hard. So yes it was only 12.8 miles but it was 1327 feet of climbing in trails that were rocky, sandy and now it was hot, it was Africa hot. They decided to keep the water tepid and not too cold because.. who the F knows. I was mildly cranky here as the sun was blazing it was over 90 and it it was just hard. I may have not had a lot of fun on the run and had no idea where my competition was so I just kept pushing it- one mile at a time, one Fbomb at a time and then there was a 10 mile trail run going on and so many of them were walking- I let them have it "hello all you have to do is run this GD course and not even 13 miles- get running" the many college aged kids rolled their eyes at me and kept walking. I was hurting and quitting the sport and than at mile 9 you hit the pavement and it is glorious until you realize you are running straight down hill a mile ONLY to turn around and run back up. Satan created this course... soon the final . 8 miles down a step ass hill and I just ran all out to
Iced wet towels and cups of cold strawberries! Golden.... Hung out and was happy to see Jen and Alsion come in. I was a bit dismayed that neither them thanked me for encouraging them to do this amazing race. In reality they probably fired me a few times on that course.
Sat night was fun.... awards- always happy to be on top of the podium with a Rocky Balboa sized medal and a special bottle of wine! The goal was recovery so we ate and ate from food trucks
Sunday's fun did not start until 9:50- time enough for a gallon of coffee, more rice and maybe a Tylenol for my mild hangover
2nd place... but I won the WF2 :) More giant Rocky Balboa Medals and another bottle of wine !
The weekend was just plain awesome..... the race is a MUST do! Yes its hard as F, yes its hot, yes they have some things to work on but DO IT ! Just do it- It's not dumbed down Ironman, its wave start, straight up racing, it hard and real! The amphitheater is where everyone hangs out, shaded grassy field, food truck, beer, wine, kids, dogs and fun. Great bands and fun times. Hanging and racing with my athletes is just the $$ for me...I live for it! So thank you Alison and Jen for coming along. Polly my Nyro team mate was there and another teammate works for WF and she was all over and crushing it - WTG Christy. And do many other familiar faces from San Diego, Bay Area and Colorado. It was just plain fun with a lot of hurt.
Dare I say it but I am in for 2019 WF2! Sooner than later....I am going to register, book the RV and start planning.