by Cathy Tibbetts | Above photo credit: Durst Breneiser

It's team week!! Which means those applications for the Wattie Ink. Elite Team and Hit Squad will be open soon! Stay tuned to learn more this week about how you can become a part of something big… HUGE. Rocking the W is more than just joining a team. It’s a tight-knit family that’s making an impact like no other. Every year we strive to make the Wattie Ink. Family a little tighter, a little faster and a little more badass. 2020 is going to be all about making an epic splash in the triathlon community bringing together incredible athletes, the raddest sponsors and community involvement like never before. With that being said, keep an eye out for the team application process to start this week!

In the meantime, get a little more stoked by following along with one of our current Elite Team members, Lindsey Wolfe, as she and her fiancé, Mike Conley, pursue a half-marathon in every state. Above, Wolfe finishes this year's Oceanside 70.3.

Wolfe, who lives just outside of Boston, has been a top finisher in many local triathlons in her home state of Massachusetts as well as at Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant, Ironman Lake Placid, and Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid. The 34-year-old physical therapist had a few ideas on how she could design the perfect race-cation, ad put out the word to her Wattie Ink. teammates in the Pacific Northwest.

"Between supporting each other throughout the race season, following one another on social media and bonding at the Wattie Ink. training camp we’ve become really close and they truly feel like family," Wolfe says about her teammates who live on the opposite coast. "We were super lucky to be able to spend time with teammates who were local to the area of our races and not have to figure things out as a tourist.”

Wolfe and Conley kicked off their trip on Friday, August 9th, flying from Boston to Portland, Oregon. They stayed with teammate Becky Matro, whom Lindsey had met this past April at camp. Saturday began with a shakeout run on one of Becky’s local running routes in Portland, running over several of that city's bridges. The next morning they traveled to Cascade Locks, Oregon for the Bridge of the Gods Half-Marathon, which they would run the next day with Wattie Ink. teammate Marcella Reitz, from Walla Walla, Washington.

"Cascade Locks is an amazing little town on the Columbia River," Wolfe recalls. "Hands down it was the most gorgeous half I've ever run and the highlight was running almost the entire race with Becky and Marcella.” Later that evening Emily Arcuri (another Wattie Ink. teammate local to Portland) and her husband Conor joined Lindsey, Mike and Becky for dinner.

On Monday Lindsey and Mike drove to Bend, Oregon, where they stayed with Chris and Diane Jackson, parents of Heather Jackson, who needs little introduction in these pages. They quickly discovered a 5k pub run at a new local brewery, Spider City, which they ran with Chris and Diane. Afterward it was on to 10 Barrel Brewing for dinner and beers.

"On Tuesday I joined HJ for Masters swim practice at Juniper Health and Fitness, which is an amazing outdoor pool. We don’t have many of those in Boston! We got a chance to say hello to Wattie (Sean Watkins), HJ, Toshi Corbet (Global Marketing Director of Wattie Ink.), Lorenzo Lietti (General Manager of Wattie Ink.) prior to their business meeting. We were lucky enough to be able to borrow two Argon 18 Dark Matter gravel bikes for a fun little ride at Phil's Trails.

"Chris and Diane Jackson, the coolest parents in the world, convinced us that we couldn’t leave Bend without a float down the Deschutes River, so we headed to the river to enjoy a nice relaxing float on an inner tube! Later we met up for dinner and beers at Bend Brewing Company with HJ , Wattie, Toshi, Chris, Diane, and Josh Amberger. We talked about triathlon over food and beers, and Mike may have even invited HJ and Wattie to our wedding while I was in the bathroom!”

From there Lindsey and Mike did a little exploring and sightseeing on their drive toward Seattle, in preparation for their next race, The Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon.

"On Thursday night we met up with teammates Doris and Marc Nester and Rosanne Kelley to catch up over dinner in Seattle. A friend from Boston, Antonia Villa, who moved to Seattle a couple of years ago, was kind enough to let us stay with her and borrow her local friend's bikes for us to go on an amazing little 30-mile ride with her around Mercer Island. That night we went to watch bike races at the Velodrome in Redmond with Wattie Ink. teammate Rosanne Kelley and her husband Allen Kelley, who's on the Wattie Ink. HIT Squad."

Somehow Lindsey and Mike still had enough energy to run the Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon on Saturday to cross the 10th state off of their list.

"We didn't PR in Tacoma," Lindsey laughed. "But we flew home to Boston on Sunday and had a total vacation hangover. It was a dream-come-true and set the bar high for future race-cations."