Since we’re a cycling club, I won’t go into much detail on the run. We were fortunate that the crazy
storms didn’t come back and they kept the temperature low so we didn’t hit the highs that had been in
the area the week of the race. The run course was also insanely hilly but also insanely gorgeous which
helped take my mind off the tough effort. I teared up at the finish after the crazy experience, proud of
my effort on what I would truly consider a World Championship course.
My new Facebook group friends all had WILD stories about their race days. Depending on when athletes
started, the storms hit at different times of the race. Some of them likened it to the single most
challenging thing they’d ever done, came close to their death, vowed never to return to Utah, or never
to race another 70.3. Others, myself included, are asking – when can we go back?!
The rest of my time in Utah was spent traveling to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and the North Rim of
the Grand Canyon. I was so tempted to do some more riding, but I only had my tri bike with me which
isn’t the most appropriate for unfamiliar roads. If you haven’t yet been to Utah, I highly recommend it
for road, mountain, gravel, CX, and everything in between as well as hiking, water sports and skiing. I
can’t wait to be back on another adventure. As far as Ironman goes, I love participating in triathlons, I
love the variety in training and the race-cations I’ve done. But, the organization has a LOT of work to do
if they want to continue to see more women participate in the sport and invest in their races.