It’s funny to think it was only 2 years ago. Most of you are probably
sick of the story (if so, skip the next paragraph), if not, here’s a
A bright eyed, bushy haired first year pro out of Eugene drives the
ManVan with his buddy Matt last minute down to the historic Wildflower
Triathlon. The kid doesn’t have a clue. He uses a borrowed bike (his
broke 4 days prior), a borrowed helmet (also Matt’s), a hand me down
race kit & of course, $8 drug store aviators. But, he lines up, has
the race of his life, and while the announcers literally don’t know his
name, crosses the finish line to win.
As you probably already know, the wildly popular Wildflower triathlon festival kicks off in just 2 weeks – on May 3-5, 2013.
And a special feature new to this year is Wildflower Squared (WF2) – the ultimate, slightly insane challenge of completing the Long Distance triathlon (1.2 m Swim, 56 m Bike, 13.1 m Run ) followed by the Olympic distance triathlon (1.5k Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run) on Sunday, May 5.
If I told you that someone was willingly, and regularly, inflicting pain
upon him or herself, you would likely think that person was crazy. You
might be surprised if I told you that this voluntary self-subjugation to
pain is a well-established and commonly practiced behavior that is
highly regarded by most societies in the world. In fact, I am nearly
certain that you have also engaged in this practice. I’m talking about
racing in sports.
The Central Coast has so many things to offer. As a Cal Poly graduate, local business owner and Central Coast resident, I believe that the only thing as great as living here is visiting! From wine tasting to mountain biking, cowboys to surfers, there is something here for everyone and all ages.
My husband, who I met at Cal Poly and has participated with me in Wildflower since we were sophomores, is the Supervising Park Ranger for the City of San Luis Obispo. SLO has 12 different open spaces, 3600 acres of land open to the public with trails, which are roughly 48 miles long. These trails are great for hiking or mountain biking and are mild to straight up hill. Some have spectacular views at the end and some offer fun bridges or obstacles to ride over.
I spent my entire life battling obesity. I was always somewhat of an athlete, I played sports all through High School and College. While in College my weight started to pack on – I stopped playing sports and eventually joined the working world where the lack of activity and continued poor eating habits lead only down a dark road that was sure to be met with medical problems and an early death. I have always felt like my life was under control with the exception of one thing, my health. I married the love of my life, I have a career that I enjoy and two of the most amazing children a father could ask for. Mentally I blocked out what was going on with my body and health. Looking back now I was truly in denial, my age played a major role in that. I guess in some weird and twisted way I thought that youth would always be on my side.