30 Apr

I have done Wildflower Long Course 3 times. I am somewhat of an EXPERT VETERN. Ha! Probably far from that but here are a few tips that may get you to the finish line quicker.

You are probably wondering why I have done this race 3 times already and I am going back for more. Well this is a very unique race. It is the “Woodstock” of Triathlons. It is a very hard race and then you throw camping into the mix, making it even more miserable FUN!

FIRST: You have to TRAIN! Look at the course and know that this is a HARD course, to say the least.
My biggest TIP: For the BIKE: Do not go out too FAST OR TOO HARD! Keep a good sense of your nutrition. Everyone talks about how hard Nasty Grade is. I think the hardest part of the course is climbing back into the park at mile 50ish.
My biggest TIP: For the Run: Again ease into your pace. It only gets harder the longer you run. Take FULL ADVANTAGE of ALL the aid stations. There is one every single mile! Dump water on your head! Keep Cool! There are some steep pitches between mile 4-5ish…so some faster walking…the PROS even walk parts of it.

SECOND: Make a RACE PLAN. A couple of days before you leave sit down and write how you are going to attack every sport. Whats your nutrition going to be like? Visualize going through the race? Decide how you are going to want to be on race day!

THIRD: Hydrate and Carb Load. This race is no JOKE. It is notoriously warm if not HOT(to us non-Californians). You need to have enough energy to get you through this race.

FOURTH: You have to pack. Now I have said this before: I am a little neurotic with stuff like this so I like to pack a few days before leaving just so I do not forget anything. (As I am writing this…I have already thought of 2 things I need to pack) Now you do not just have to pack for the tri or the weekend full of tri stuff…YOU have to pack to go camping too! GOOD LUCK!

I am a pretty light packer + sleeping bag + pillow

I am a pretty light packer + sleeping bag + pillow

FIFTH: You have to get there. It is in the middle of no-where California. Really for everyone there is some sort of a road trip involved. For us in P-town it is a 12-14 hour drive. TOTAL DREAD but if you get some fun people to drive with, it makes it way more FUN!! Which included lots of CDs and Snacks. This year I am driving with Parker and Matt. Both rookies!! Should be fun!!

SIXTH: Once you get there. Test out the water. Do a short bike ride. Including ascending Beach Hill and descending Lynch Hill. You do both of those on race day. Check out a short piece of the run trail near the campground. Do not do anything too crazy! Relax and put your feet up. HYDRATE. HYDRATE.HYDRATE. Enjoy the expo. Get some Colossal Gelato.

Waffle Cone 2011

Waffle Cone 2011

SEVENTH: Enjoy the camaraderie. Everyone is camping. Everyone is racing. Everyone has goals.

EIGHTH: Trust your training. It is GO TIME! Let it RIP!!

NINTH: After you finish. Get some food. Take an ice bath in the lake. Go get your FREE 10 minute massage. I promise it will be your favorite part of the day! If you have been waiting until after the race to get a gelato…GET ONE!!!

TENTH: CELEBRATE! You have finished “The One and Only” Wildflower Long Course Triathlon. Whether it is your 1st time, 4th time, or 20th time you will BE EXCITED!

What RACE are you looking MOST FORWARD to this year?

Have you done Wildflower or have I scared you enough not to want to do it?

7 Responses to “How to SURVIVE WILDFLOWER”

  1. Kristen L April 30, 2013 at 10:16 PM #

    Exciting!! Can’t wait to hear how this goes for you! The WF bike course looks intimidating to me. But some day I hope to do a half iron distance tri.

    I’m going to be camping for my triathlon in early June — I hadn’t thought about how it just makes for more things to pack! Haha.

    I’m most looking forward right now to Hood to Coast! And secondly, probably a late-fall marathon (though it seems too far away to get too excited about yet)

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats May 1, 2013 at 6:55 AM #

      The bike course is actually great. Just hard. Just training on lots of hills for lots of months will get to prepped and ready!!
      What marathon are you going to do?

      • Kristen L May 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM #

        I know we tweeted last night, but planning on doing the Outer Banks Marathon in North Carolina. Should be a pretty run along the ocean

  2. olivetorun May 1, 2013 at 6:44 AM #

    LOVE this and SO excited for you. I always repeat “trust your training” to myself when I’m getting close to race day. ❤

  3. Change of Pace May 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM #

    Love these tips! And loved reading more about Wildflower- it sounds like such a fun race weekend!
    I think your bike tip is so relevant to all long distance races! It’s easy to hop on and ride fast at the start, but it’s not so easy to hold on to that!
    Good luck!!! Can’t wait to hear about it! Are you going to Tweet when you’re finished?!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats May 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

      Thanks Abby!! I’m excited!!! I think you should think about this race for next year!!! 🙂 I’m going to try and tweet this weekend!! It is definitely low service area…I’ve been able to get texts out before but we will see about the Internet!! 🙂

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