Entries Tagged as 'Wildflower'

My Second Chance at Life

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Hector Picard

At the age of 24, I became a bi-lateral amputee. A work-related accident in which I received a double dose of 13,000 volts changed my life forever. I awoke from a month-long coma to learn that both my arms had been amputated in addition to burns on over 40% of my body.

While blessed to be alive, it was frustrating to hear doctors assure me that I would one day be able to do basic actions like button my shirt and brush my teeth – things that one learns as a child. I grieved for the part of Hector that had dreams and goals that involved an active lifestyle.


An Athlete’s Journey: Back from Cancer

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Derek & Family

Derek, now 31, has been cancer-free for nearly four years. The survivor earned his highest placing as a pro at Wildflower 2015 and hopes to continue his success in the 2016 competition.

In 2012, just after Derek Garcia had earned his pro card and completed his first race as an elite training squad, he received a call no one, and especially an athlete, wants to hear – he had testicular cancer.

The devastating cancer diagnosis brought Derek’s infant career to a screeching halt.

“It was incredibly scary,” Derek recounts. “We had two boys at the time, had just put a huge amount of time, money, and commitment into my new career as a professional triathlete. Everything was put into question. My major concern was how I would be able to take care of my family if things got bad.”


Join Us In Ending Prostate Cancer

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Did you know that prostate cancer will take the lives of nearly 30,000 men this year alone? To help end the second leading cause of cancer death in men, we at Tri-California Events have partnered with ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer for the renowned Wildflower Triathlon in April and for the return of the iconic San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz in August. ZERO will be featured as a charity partner for both of these events as a part of their ZERO Endurance program.


Triathlon Taper: Race Week Training

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Finis Race Week

It can often be tricky knowing the best way to adjust your training for a taper week, and it is important to remember that this will involve some trial and error as different taper strategies work better for different athletes. So, here is an example of a swim session you could test out during race week to see if it works for you.


Lymphoma to Heart Surgery to Wildflower Squared

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Derek Fitzgerald

Eleven years ago, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Chemotherapy saved my life but it damaged my heart, leaving me with heart failure. My heart progressively declined for the following seven years, and each day I wondered just how much punishment one body could endure before it gave out. Finally, four years ago, a generous soul chose to save my life by donating their heart when they no longer needed it.