Sean and I at the iconic Ironman statue in downtown St. George
When I think back to how I ended up at this race, I can’t really remember. It was a deferral of a deferral from some race in 2020. That whole year and the movement of all those race registrations is somewhat of a blur. I was originally signed up for Ironman St. George (the full) in May 2020, which got deferred to the fall of 2020, which ultimately got deferred somewhere else (I think Coeur d’Alene in June 2021). However I ended up here at the 70.3, I’m so glad I did. This race was awesome.
I decided to drive from Grass Valley to St. George via Bakersfield over 2 days. I drug a friend along for the long journey (thanks for joining me Sara!) and joined a caravan with 2 other athletes. Although the drive was very long (735 miles), it went by really fast. From northern California, it is a faster drive to go up through Reno, however, the hotel options are very limited in that direction which is why I opted for a longer route with more sleeping options. Since this was a Saturday race, I left Grass Valley on Wednesday and wanted a good night's sleep that night, which we ultimately got in Bakersfield.
We arrived in St. George on Thursday afternoon. We had just enough time to get to the expo to complete athlete registration which was nice to complete Thursday (instead of Friday). However, by the time I was able to get onto my bike for a little tune up ride, it was 6:30pm Thursday night, which was too late for me. If I had it to do over again, I would’ve left a day earlier (Tuesday) for a Wednesday evening arrival in St. George. That would’ve allowed for a more relaxed workout and race registration process on Thursday. Like many, I didn’t think about the long drive from Bakersfield on top of the 1 hour time change (an hour lost) from Nevada to Utah and Thursday just ended up being a really long day.
Most of the Gold Country Triathlon crew preparing to get into the cold water for the first time (that's me holding onto my friend Todd wishing he would just drag me along. LOL!).
Tiana Rockwell is a certified nutritional therapist, avid endurance athlete and dark chocolate lover. She believes that by eating REAL food, we can balance our body and reach optimal health and wellness!