Wednesday, April 09, 2008

WFTW 08 Recap

For the photoset, click here!

I'm still recovering from the weekend. A night owl, I find myself wanting to hit the hay before 10PM the last two days. Didn't hurt me too bad at track last night though so I should be good.

WFTW (Wildflower Training Weekend) started at 4PM Friday for Spamsiwan and myself. The Iron Knitter+Baker was my ride down and one of my cabin mates at Cabin 2. She's awesome company because she always travels with food but you have to like vegetarian fare which I don't mind at all.

After a 3.5 hour drive we got there with a lot of daylight left with four options for the afternoon; swim, bike, run or eat and hangout. I opted for the run and ran the long course route which is 13.1 miles. I ended up with a little more since I got lost twice. The route is partly on trails which was sweet.

Cabin 2 was awesome, there was 10 of us total and I knew everyone. Everyone brought food and drinks and by the time I got back from my run the kitchen was in full swing. Jennie our cabin leader is also the social director for the club and the early folks had to come to our cabin for check in. This was nice because we got to see a lot of folks. The bulk of the 140 or so participants came in the evening however not being able to leave work early.

Not getting enough sleep the week before did catch up to me. Hit me on Saturday afternoon after a hard bike ride. I was out for another 13 and ended with 9. I was dragging on Sunday too. Fortunately for me I am blessed with great friends and on both occasions my workout was saved by friends who were willing to run with me. There is just no substitute for good company on the run. The weekend workouts looked like this:

Friday: 13+ mile run
Saturday: 56 mile bike ride (hard) + 9 mile run
Sunday: 25 mile run (two loops on the long course run minus a mile)

Spams got me home in time for church Sunday (4pm service) and a Redbull got me through the rest. It was an amazing weekend and I could go on and on and on but you wouldn't want that. It was warm and sunny the whole weekend, not too bad on the wind either. The water temps were great although I didn't swim. People were great, the social BBQ Saturday night was fun, cabin hopping for desserts Saturday evening was even more entertaining and I got my workouts done. Plus I whopped some butt on the bike too despite not having ridden since I left for Florida. We were joined at the lake by our companion tri-club, a group from Silicon Valley, 2 clubs from LA, a couple of college teams and individuals who were out training on their own. The college kids, from both teams, got us up at 12 midnight Friday when a bunch of them ran down to the docks screaming and yelling while they jumped in the water. They did this over and over again. I met a couple of them the next day. Darn kids!

Now I'm just concentrating on getting enough rest and recovery for the Mt. Diablo 50-miler this coming weekend.

I hope you all enjoyed the pics. Jennie here is my vid of the transition race that you requested. Shorter but no less entertaining. Jennie I know why you like this video so much:)


  1. Why? The hot man with no shirt? ; ) He's a hansome one.

    Thanks for posting the video. I still snicker everytime I see it.

    Loved Cabin 2!!! Again, it was great to see you, you crazy runner.

  2. More fun, fun, fun!! I want to see some hard work one of these times! :>P

  3. Redbull huh? I always pictured you as a Starbucks man. Maybe I'll have to ditch the DD's and go with the Redbull LOL

  4. Glad you had such a great time at training camp! Sounds like it was lots of work and fun :)

  5. Rick what a great time...and I did watch that video--lol

    Hope ur back to ur Night Owl ways :-) I am up in NJ for a few days for my brothers kids party...

    Have a great week!

  6. What you forgot to say was that it's vegetarian fare that's fit for MEATIES! =D

    Good times, good times!

  7. Sounds like a great weekend. Good luck at Mt. Diablo! : )

  8. Great report, great pictures, and great video...yes, you did get the better angle of the wipe out! :)

    Looks like you had a fantastic time, Rick. I don't know how you do it...I get tired just reading about all the running and biking you did! :)