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.
Ahh race day. All of the preparations you have made for weeks and
months in order to be in your best shape physically and mentally pay-off
today. You have run the race over and over in your mind, thinking of
every scenario, visualizing yourself through it all. Your tri-bag is
packed with all of the tools that will make today a success. You have
brought your A-game.
I arrived at Lake San Antonio at 2am on Friday morning and was surprised to be greeted by a worker at the front gate that early in the morning. I told him that I really appreciated him being out there to help athletes enter the park in the middle of the night.
This was my first experience with Wildflower, and it did not disappoint on any level! Friends tried to get me to race last year, but I chickened out, even when told “you have to experience Wildflower, it’s so much more than a race!” I held back. Well this year I figured, 30th Anniversary, promise of fun, promise of an easy race … oh wait, promise of a really hard race…how could I go wrong?