The Wildflower Triathlon takes place every year at San Antonio Lake, towards San Luis Obisbo. A link to the official race web page is here . It is actually three races which take place over the weekend. Close to 8000 participants enter the races, and with volunteers and spectators, there are probably 40,000 people in attendance - the vast majority of whom camp out since the area is far from the major population centers. As you can imagine, it is quite an experience!
I was originally not planning to race. A co-worker had talked me into volunteering for race communications. But after a few days, I figured since I was going to be down there anyway, I might as well give myself some incentive to start swimming, biking, and running again. I chose the Olympic distance race - a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, and 10 km run. Unfortunately, I ended up not training - due to other commitments, and back and shoulder problems, I only logged 2 miles of swimming, about 40 km of biking, and 20 km of running for the entire month prior to the race. Though since I play hockey three times a week its not like I'm completely sedentary either. Upshot - I managed to keep a good distance from last place, didn't hurt myself in the process, and had a lot of fun!
These pictures were taken with a variety of cameras, - including a Canon SD550 digital camera, a cell phone camera, and the shots of me were from a professional race pictures company.
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