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.


Why Do I Race?

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Just like many of you, I’ve been asked this question many times! So why do you race? Is it to raise funds or awareness for a cause, do you want to lose weight or get in shape? Are you that “type A” personality, hyper competitive person, or just thought you would check off your bucket list and got hooked? I can count most of those as reasons I race, but one of the biggest, long lasting reasons is family!


10 Reasons You Should Go To Wildflower

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I’ve already put a couple of plugs out on the social media channels, but wanted to make it “official” for all the craziest ass of my fans that I am in fact headed back to Wildflower this year - along with fellow Bend-ite, 3-time defending champ, and overall awesomeness, Heather Jackson.

To me, this race obviously means a lot. It was my first win, the first time I felt legitimized as a pro, the devastating surprise end of my season on a roll, and probably my most shocking performance ever in a comeback.

But to be perfectly honest, I’m not heading back to Wildflower because I want to “defend” or continue a streak or anything like that. Sure, I would like to do those things, but that’s not the reason I’m headed back. I’m headed back because I love it, for a lot of reasons. All of which I’ve talked about many times before.


The Friends We Meet Along The Way

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Over the past couple weeks I’ve had the pleasure of talking to some of my favorite people in the sport of triathlon. After receiving confirmation that both Jesse Thomas and Heather Jackson were returning to defend their titles I immediately called Bob Babbitt (an industry leader, Wildflower participant for more years that I can recall and dear friend) to set up a podcast so we could announce their return in a fun fashion. Joining Bob as co-host of the podcast was Paul Huddle (Wildflower champion in 1991).