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Trifusion Hot Summer Nights #3

Reanna and Raelene Guerrero being the amazing and fun volunteers that they are. Photo by Rene. Hot Summer Nights 5k #3 Results by Milliseconds Timing The last of the Trifusion 5k series came and went, but not before setting a new participant record of 425. Roger Thompson had the music blaring during registration, which left Jayne, Emma, and me dancing behind the registration table as people walked up with their entries. Rockstar Energy Drinks and Spokane Chiropractic had tents set up to our right, situated behind the pile of free T-shirts. A total of 400 Twigs and Elements Massage Tech T-shirts were handed out to the first 400 participants. For those who missed out, some extra Ironman Coeur d’Alene T-shirts had been donated, essentially ensuring not a single person left last night without a shirt. The stormy weather the day before yesterday made for a cool, pleasant night to run a 5k. I think I’ll thank the weather for a  faster-than-normal 5k time, as my day of

Another early morning: The Coeur d'Alene Crossing

An alarm clock that goes off at 4:30 in the morning for the second time in a row could mean several things. It could mean I’m waking up for work, I’m waking up to train, or I’m waking up to race. This morning, however, it meant I’d be jumping in Lake CDA (again) for a 2.4 mile swim. The Longbridge swim two weeks ago left me hungry for another, more successful attempt, at an open water swim. This 2.4 mile endeavor promised to give me just what I needed as I set my sights on Ironman CDA next June. So, just like yesterday morning, I hauled myself out of bed, got dressed, and ate a quick breakfast before meeting Jessi Thompson at our designated time. Perfect morning for a swim! We arrived at CDA golf course after a short detour. Apparently, you know you’ve missed your exit when you’re looking down on the place you’re supposed to be from a bridge hundreds of feet in the air. You know you’re in trouble when you see the next exit is 5 miles down the highway. Jessie’s orienteering sk

CDA Scenic Challenge: It's just a cup of cheese

An alarm clock that goes off at 4:30 in the morning could mean several things. In the last couple of weeks, if it doesn’t mean I’m waking up for work, and if it doesn’t mean I’m waking up to train, it means I’m waking up to race. I’ll be honest. The last thing I wanted to do this morning was wake up to race. Yet I went through the motions and got myself out of bed, dressed, and into the kitchen for a quick piece of toast. The car door slammed shut before I even knew I had the car started, and I was on my way to Coeur d’Alene for the Scenic Challenge Olympic Triathlon. I arrived to find some of the racks already filled, and the volunteers looked far too excited to mark my body considering 6am hadn’t even arrived yet. Last year, I remember walking to the water’s edge to see the buoys planted so far out in the horizon I didn’t think I’d make it out. So I avoided looking at the water. Instead, I nestled my transition gear between two bikes racked on the last rack before the bike exit.

Hot Summer Night #1

Still feeling good, hence the smile. Race Results by Milliseconds Timing can be found here:  Hot Summer Night 5k #1 For those of you who haven’t yet joined us for a Hot Summer Night, you wouldn’t believe what you’re missing: The heat. The sweat. The hurt. The shortness of breath. The cookies and otter pops at the finish line. The music. The dancing. And the raffle prizes. Ohhhhhh the raffle prizes. Every August, the Trifusion Triathlon team puts on a 5k race series like no other. For a measly $5, you get a legitimate 5k-race opportunity, chip-timed finish time by Milliseconds, unguarded access to those humongous Costco cookies, and pretty decent odds of walking away with a raffle prize worth more than your $5 entry fee. These aren’t just the typical water bottles, bags, and oversized T-shirts kind of swag. Here’s a list of some of last night’s prizes:          $10 gift cards to iTunes          $25 gift cards to Starbucks          Free 60 minute massages to Elements The


I stared at a blank screen for quite awhile before I could start this sentence. It’s hard to pin down a good place to start my review of a race that left me smiling ear-to-ear for the better part of an afternoon and evening. Triathlon is an interesting sport. Essentially, each competitor is left to battle a race for himself. You may swim with a group of people, but you’re fighting for position and praying the guy next to you doesn’t thwack you in the head. You can’t draft off the guy’s wheel in front of you. You can’t assume your place coming off the bike is solidified as you run, jog, walk, or crawl your way in that final leg to the finish line. Jen Polello and me getting everything in order before the start. Photo by Bryan Rowe. My mentor and good friend, Craig Thorsen,  thought I might need to wear my helmet if I was to warm up on the trainer alongside him. I don't ask questions. I do as I'm told. Photo by Bryan Rowe. Pre-race with teammates Craig Thorsen

Longbridge Swim, Sandpoint, ID

The skies looked clear, the temperatures mild, the water smooth. I'd never walked into Sandpoint, ID under clear, sunny skies, and I couldn't help but feel a little excited swimming my first true open water swim. I met Bryan Rowe and Jayne Anderson for a quiet ride into Sandpoint, where we met Janine Fraser. She had thoughtfully picked up our packets for us, knowing the lines may get long by the time we arrived. I recognized a handful of people, some of whom I knew through triathlon, others from the pool, and still others from school. To be in a crowd filled with incredible swimmers made me feel a little overwhelmed, but I had decided to treat this swim as nothing more than a swim. It would be like swimming two laps around Bear Lake. Nothing more. Picture by Jayne Anderson, our event photographer and cheer- leader. Bryan Rowe, myself, Virginia Knight, and Janine Fraser enjoy the sunshine during the safety meeting. After the safety meeting and national anthem, the group of