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Jesse's Wildflower Training Playlist

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Jesse Thomas

If you're looking for some tunes for those last few weeks of Wildflower training, check out this playlist. Also, it's best if you get some Jaybird bluebuds to use for wireless listening of course! Here's a quick description of the songs. Let me know what you think or any other song ideas you have!

1. Carry On Phenomenon by Kishi Bashi - My current go to song. LOVE this band, and their new album is insane. Worth a listen to the whole thing.

2. Go Do by Jonsi - This Jonsi album is insane as well. This song got popular through a car commercial and is absolutely catchy for exercising, but check out the whole album also.

3. Instant Crush by Daft Punk - This song came out right around the time Jude was born, and I remember thinking "instant crush" when I met him.


Six Ways to enjoy Wildflower as an Age Grouper

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Energized Bunny

Wildflower is an Iconic triathlon event in triathlon that is on many triathletes short list of ‘to do” races. Diamondback Bicycles / Wattie Ink athlete Dusty Nabor offers some advice to ensure you’re getting the most out of your own personal Wildflower experience:

1. Savor the Venue.
Wildflower is held at the beautiful Lake San Antonio Resort and Marina in San Luis Obispo County just outside of Paso Robles, Ca. The venue is basically tailor made for a triathlon. The campground is HUGE and has everything you need for overnight lodging. The expo area offers unique ways to engage with the product suppliers who create the fantastic triathlon equipment we all rely on. The Wattie Ink Team will be kicking it at the Diamondback Expo playing with our new Serios bikes, getting them dialed. The lake itself is stunning, and even with last year’s low water levels it provided one of the best swim venues in all of triathlon. The bike leg of the Long Course race is a single loop permanently marked for the event with the most gorgeous scenery imaginable. The run course winds its way throughout the campgrounds insuring there’s never a moment alone. Simply put, the venue is so good; you almost never realize how challenging the terrain really is….almost.


Fit vs. Healthy

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Some decades ago, standing on the deck of the UCSD pool after a rigorous master’s swim workout, I overheard two college students.

“There are a lot of very fit athletes here.”

“Yeah, but not many healthy ones.”

The conversation intrigued me. What did they mean? What was the difference between fitness and health and where did I fit on that continuum? Some weeks later, I surmised, the claim was in reference to the dozens of world class triathletes who constituted the noon-time workout. And the reference inferred that as you move into the upper echelons of elite multisport and gain a superior level of fitness, you necessarily sacrifice basic health.

If this was the case, I wondered if there were to be costs to my colleagues and I as we chased titles around the globe, training excessively without the modern benefit of technology-based bio information. Was our desire to win through performance causing us to lose through the sacrifice of simple health? The answer(s) to those questions were to come much later when age, illness, time, and tide had washed over us.


Camping at Wildflower - A Crash Course

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As any human being who’s read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy knows, you shouldn’t ever be without your towel. Any self-respecting Wildflower Triathlon veteran knows that the same holds true for life at the Woodstock of Tri, along with a few more essential items. Below you’ll find a quick top ten of must-have/must-do items and actions to make your life easier at Lake San Antonio.

1. Book/Chair. There is very little in the way of cellular coverage in the park, and one of the joys of this race is disconnecting from the digital world for a few days. Bring a book you’ve been meaning to claw through, and a comfortable folding chair in which to read it.

2. French Press. There is also not much in the way of coffee around the park, and what there is usually requires a long walk to retrieve it. Bring a French press so mornings are a little more civilized.


Preparing for an Open Water Lake Swim

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Open Water Swimming

Open water swimming can be exhilarating, liberating, and a little scary. I’ve competed in over 200 open water swim races and triathlons, volunteered as a safety paddler at a number of triathlons, and instructed junior lifeguards for nearly a decade. I’ve learned that with proper preparation, anyone who can swim can swim in open water. The three most important things to do to prepare for open water swimming are: 1) swim in open water; 2) swim in open water; and 3) swim in open water.