Wildflower Triathlon 2014 | Recap

© Brittany App 2014
Wildflower Triathlon 2014. I look forward to this race every year. I've done many triathlons up and down the California coast and nation wide, and I have to say this is by far my favorite. It offers one of the hardest courses, but the level of happiness and excitement everyone brings is higher than any tri i've been to. It ranks high for the following reasons...

This event would not be in existence if it weren't for the Cal Poly student volunteers (and the Grizzly Youth Academy!!). (1) We wouldn't have people to manage the transition area (2) Swim start would be a chaotic mess (3) Aid stations would be unaided 4) Levels of energy would not be the same 5) Expo would have been a complete mess (my intern was heading this one up! Go Jess!) (6) We wouldn't have thousands of students cheering us on throughout the course!!

Despite the water levels of Lake San Antonio being at a low 2%, the Tri-California event staff pulled long hours to make this race happen. Great job to all of the staff directors who made all of this possible with their strong leadership and work ethic.

Wildflower is a place for making new friends, rekindling friendships, encouragement and inspiration. It is amazing to see such amazing sportsmanship between athletes at the event. The collegiate division for example, students encourage and motivate others on opposing teams! You often don't see this in other sports. If you raced at all last weekend, you probably saw this happen between athletes on the course. The race is not really about where you place among your competitors, it's about the attitude you carry before, during and after the race. It's about having fun with the sport, motivating others all while achieving your own personal goals. We all left the lake with stories to tell, and I hope they will be told to inspire others. My hope is that my story will inspire you in some way shape or form as well.

Shooting the event was another beast in and of itself. [ WF14 Photo Blog ] I was on my feet and carried a heavy bag with camera gear the entire day before my race. That was not the best thing, nonetheless I did it. I got my Marc Pro. After my long day of shooting, my legs felt tight and heavy... not what you want to feel before you race the next morning. Hakuna Matata, baby! Marc Pro came to the rescue! It is an electrical muscle stimulation device, which helps with increased flow of oxygenated blood and nutrients to your muscles. Used it the night before the race on heavy legs, woke up race morning with fresh legs! This helped me push through the steep ramps and hills we had to climb both on the bike and the run. Lead me to an age group win and a 4th overall finish. My biggest thanks goes to my coach, Roger Warnes, who recently got inducted into the SLO Marathon Hall Of Fame. He has been my coach for close to 5 years, and has helped me reach goals I couldn't have achieved by myself. Thank you Roger for your coaching throughout the years!

The bottom line is... awesome things don't come single handedly. Awesomeness is supported by others and their encouragements. I'll leave you with this verse from Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."

...another one...
Hebrews 12:11 'For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."

Happy training :-)
See you at the next race!