Just a quick check in a few days out from my second race of 2016, St. George 70.3!
Wattie and I have been in St. George, Utah for the past nine days now. We came to Utah early in order to check out the area, as we had never been here before and we had heard from friends that it was both beautiful and a great spot to train. Both of these have proven true, even though we were not welcomed with the best of weather last week. Upon arriving, the next four or five days were filled with sudden and random thunderstorms, which Wattie got caught out in on his bike every single time. hehe. But the sun has since come out, allowing for the most gorgeous views of the red rock canyons that surround the city. We can see why people like the Wurteles make this their training base- the roads are wide open with very few stop lights. There appear to be trails everywhere, even though we haven't explored the dirt that much, and every time I've gone to the pool closest to where we are staying, there have been endless lanes available.
We also came out early to familiarize ourselves with the course for Saturday's race, as I've never done this one before. It has always been on my bucket list and wanting to try a few new races this year, I decided to forgo my absolute favorite race, Wildflower, to put my best foot forward at this one. It was tough reading race updates on Wildflower from afar this year and my plan is to be back there next year for the 35th year of the race. However, for this year, I am just as excited about giving the St. George 70.3 course a go on Saturday. It looks like it may be one of the hardest 70.3 races I've ever done. Both the bike and run courses are either straight up or down through their entirety. I feel like it's a mixture of Wildflower, Quassy, and the Vegas World Champs course...those are the best three I can think of. Regardless, I'm excited for the challenge ahead against a World Class field.
I'm happy to report that training has been going great and I feel at another step up in fitness than I was at for Oceanside 70.3.
We had a busy, but really fun week right after Oceanside, which included a few days of photo and video shoots with Cannondale.
As well as a full day of shooting with the GoPro crew, which was awesome and I can't wait to see some of the footage that will be released soon.
That "recovery" week was followed with three solid weeks of training back in our old hood. Wattie and I found an Airbnb right near where we used to live in Carlsbad, so I was right back to all of my old running trails, which for anyone that knows the Elfin Forest area of inland Carlsbad, knows the trails are quite hilly. Upon getting here to St. George, I'm pretty stoked that's what I had been training on.
We've also continued progress at the Wattie Ink. factory with some new prototypes and finalizing some of the products that had been in the works.
All in all, it's been a great month and now I'm just resting, feet up, counting down the hours :) If you are here in St. George, I look forward to seeing everyone, both on the course and around town after. If you are racing elsewhere around the world this weekend, best of luck!!!
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