Last year after Ironman Boulder Neil and I decided to drive to Las Vegas for a few days of R&R before going back home to Calgary. As we drove through Utah I studied the map trying to figure out where we could eat lunch en route. A little googling told me there was an In-n-Out Burger in St. George. Bingo. I’ve always wanted to try In-n-Out.
As we drove through town I mentioned to Neil that there is an Ironman 70.3 race here and I hear it is really hard. Two days post Ironman thinking about hard things sounds like no fun at all.
In May my coach Angie raced St. George and she gushed over how great of a race it was. Yes, the course is challenging but the volunteer and community support were unbelievable. She shared the race video with us.
Wow…talk about stunning scenery in St. George! Just watching the video gives me goosebumps.
When I think about my strengths as an athlete the two words that typically don’t come to mind are heat and hills. I don’t like racing in the heat and I generally don’t think of myself as a strong climber on the bike. What does St. George have a lot of?
Heat and hills. Lots of hills.
Just the thought of racing here takes me outside of my comfort zone but I’m somewhat fascinated by the idea of racing in Utah. I know it will be hard and I know it will be a challenge. You don’t grow as an athlete unless you are willing to work on things outside of your comfort zone.
Next year will be my opportunity to work on my hill climbing skills and to push past my perceived limits.
Ironman 70.3 St. George…May 2016!