The Wildflower of Triathlon

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Chris Bagg

I hope this title made you say “What?” Now that I have your attention, please forgive this short refresher on figurative language. Remember middle school, when your English teacher taught you about extended metaphor? How non-literal language can form the backbone of an entire piece of creative work, making a parallel statement about something not present in the text? You ran home to your Pink Floyd The Wall and listened to “Comfortably Numb” over and over again. HOLY CRAP, you realized: this song may not just be about taking drugs, it may in fact be about the creeping anesthesia of contemporary life! Your mind was blown. Over the next year you tried the form out yourself in various applications: songs, poetry, art assignments. “It’s not really about daffodils,” you hear yourself telling your friends. “It’s about the ephemeral quality of human existence, man.”

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Let's Do This....Again!!!

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Rich Borbon

As a Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate and an avid triathlete in the Bay Area, I’m very familiar with the Wildflower Triathlon Festival and its history of providing epic weekends for triathletes and spectators alike. I think it was ’92 or ’93 when I “volunteered” at Lake San Antonio (not that I was irresponsible, just not sure if I was really helping that much). It’s been years since I’ve been up to the lake and I’ve been counting the days until I could get up there and check things out since I took a Marketing Manager job at Tri-California in January.

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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.

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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.”

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Join Us In Ending Prostate Cancer

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Zero

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.

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