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Wildflower Triathlon 2016

Friends,

The Wildflower Triathlon is known as the "Woodstock" of Triathlons. My wife and I took the trip in our motor home for an adventure. Sure it takes time to make it happen, but it was worth it.

The drive through the countryside of the Central California Coast was breathtaking. The rolling hills, spotted with historic broad limb oak trees, was inspiring.


Unfortunately, we also got to witness firsthand the effect of the California drought and water shortage on agriculture. This however did not affect the race as rumored. Yes, the run is split in two segments, but it's kind of nice to run after swimming in order to warm up the legs before the steep climb up the hill onto the bike course. Then, to finish the bike with a shorter run was no big deal. It's certainly not a good reason to skip the race as some did.

The bike course was challenging, with rolling hills through the scenic countryside. It doesn't get any prettier than riding through the wine country. They even had a Mt. Bike triathlon too! I sure the folks at the San Diego Mountain Biking Association know this.

After the race, the music festival under the oak grove on the grass was relaxing. Julie Moss (famed triathlete) was a fantastic race & awards announcer, from swim course to trophies.

To cap off the Saturday long course race day, (my sprint race was on Sunday), Dawn Copenhaver of T-3 Cafe prepared a nice spread of food created with love, as Jim Markwell expertly manned the grill. I met some really impressive athletes of all ages. As generations of Triathlon Club of San Diego members come & go, it's good to connect the names and faces with each group. Most are a lot younger than I am!

Which brings me to one of the reasons I returned to the "Woodstock" of triathlon. It's the camping (ok I'm in a motorhome, but I'm older). It's also the different teams & clubs mingling together. Good vibes with camp fires, the "in the buff" run, a beer or two, race spectator cowbells, and laughs.

I did the Wildflower long course triathlon back in 1989 and slept in the back of my pickup truck. Times have changed, but not the challenge of the race and the love of the sport. Many more college kids and more women are racing now (GREAT!), and there are more sponsors too...all the makings of a good time.

So, head on up to the Wildflower triathlon for a well-organized event, camp out, enjoy the fun times, and challenge yourself in one of the classic California triathlons!