I really wanted to blog last night but Blogger mobile wasn't working and I had to give up. So my plan is to post all about Santa Cruz (leading up to the race) tonight, and then post a race report tomorrow. Otherwise, the post will be crazy long.
I got up on yesterday morning, packed my gear, kissed the kiddies goodbye and headed south to Santa Cruz.
|More "carb loading" during the drive with a maple nut doughnut.|
I arrived in the early afternoon to an absolutely gorgeous day! I knew if race weather was anything like that, we'd be a lucky group of triathletes! Speaking of triathletes, they were everywhere!! Like ants - riding, driving, walking - all over the place. It was my first somewhat "destination" race and the energy was so fun!
Before I go on, I'll back up a bit and tell you about Friday, though there's not much to tell really. I upped my food intake by about 200% and also went for a final taper run on the beach with a couple other tri folks. We ran at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, only about 20 minutes, to remind my body what running is, and it was amazing. I kept my heartrate low and felt like I could run for hours like that.
|Sunset at Ocean Beach (post-run)|
Back to Saturday...I met up with Amy and Lauren, the tri women I'd be bunking up with for the night. We had a nice little room at the Seaway Inn, with a front patio that overlooked the ocean.
|View from our balcony. And look at that weather!!|
|Amy and Lauren chatting it up on the balcony. Cute place, right?|
|The pictures on the print version|
|Isn't that cool?!|
Paper in hand I was off to packet pick-up at Bike Dojo, a cool spin/training spot in town. I chatted up the manager a bit and it seems they work with all kinds of bodies to get them in top cycling form. They even have a "sofa to cycling" program! And a wedding package, LOL.
|How cute is she?!|
|Jennifer, me, Annie and Rich.|
|Tillie is all set for her big day!|
|#15, and check out the cool shirt!|
|Timing chip, numbers, swim cap (love the pink!), and sticker (that will be on my car soon)|
|Post-dinner: We're all carbed up and ready for the morning!|
|Amy, Lauren and I representing TriMore!! Are you properly intimidated?|
And then...off to bed! 5:30am is early!
So that's it, Part I. Part II, the race report, will come tomorrow. Until then, I'm off to bed. It's midnight and I'm a wee bit tired.
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