A Windy Weekend at Desert Triathlon

It's the simple things that bring us the most joy and happiness into our lives.  Even with the complications of a weekend getaway with my parents and Katie, the positive experience will and should always outweigh the negative.  Our only real complication was more funny than anything else and ended up being a great experience.  "We" cough, cough, Katie, booked an AirBNB 30+ minutes from the race location.  A very cool little home in the ghetto of Palm Desert greeted by a gay man who excitedly walked us through the home talking about every little detail the home was made up of.  From the expensive art on the walls, how to use the alarm, stocked alcohol cabinet, fresh OJ, pastries, spices, what was working what wasn't working, so on and so forth...  He mentioned he was from San Francisco as my dad replies with, "Yeah, I can tell."  My jaw dropped at my dads blunt no filter comment but he chuckled along with everyone else and took no offense to the comment.  He told us to leave the radio on that was playing music straight out of a scary movie and got creepier throughout the weekend...  All in all the place was really cool and I would definitely go back and stay there again.  In the moment we were all a little confused how we booked a place 30+ minutes from race location but it's pretty funny looking back at it now...

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."

-Denis Waitley

Why is it so windy here?  Are those wind turbines?

 photo:  Katie Morse

The past two years at Desert Triathlon in La Quinta Palm Springs have been a flurry of weather conditions.  Almost to the point of why would you ever want to go out and race there ever again?!?!?!  HA!!  Because we are crazy and love triathlon and it's all about the experience!!  Wind, rain, contaminated lake water, who would complain with a stomach bug that makes you five pounds lighter after spending 3 days sitting on the toilet...  Ok it wasn't that bad, but I definitely had some weird stomach cramps for the entire day after the race and thats not normal for me by any means.  I could also blame Stevia in the Raw for my stomach issue.   I have found out that I am very allergic to that crap and I have been wondering where the gas that I have been sharing with friends and family came from the past month.  I normally don't use any sweeteners or sugars in coffee but after a trip to costco and coming across the large box of Stevia in the Raw I couldn't resist the thought of sweet coffee in the morning.  After a month of deathly gasses I finally pinpointed the problem!  THAT DAMN STEVIA!!!  Ok back to Desert Tri...


 The first wave of athletes start the race!

The first wave of athletes start the race!

Racing Desert Triathlon has become the go to first race of the season for a lot of San Diego and LA based triathletes.  Its a mellow atmosphere and a flat race course but you never know what the conditions will be like.  This is the fun part...  With a duathlon and sprint race held on Saturday and a Olympic/Intermediate distance race on Sunday it makes for a great getaway weekend.  Some athletes choose to race both days while others choose to go and support friends and teammates on Saturday and the roles reverse come Sunday.  Last year Saturday was windy and Sunday was wet and cold.  This year was sunny on Saturday with perfect race conditions with Sunday being a shit show full of wind, forcing the race to be on standby until the winds died down a bit.  The winds stayed calm for most of the race.  As for the later wave starts and first time race participants, the winds picked up which created brutal race conditions for everyone.

"For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled." 

Hunter S. Thompson

 Dad @jimmykiwi exiting the water

Dad @jimmykiwi exiting the water

I invited my parents to come and spend the weekend with us in the desert just to get away.  Little did I know that Katie and I could convince my parents to race the sprint triathlon on Saturday and it didn't take too much convincing.  To our surprise they were both kind of into it.  It was a lot of fun to go out and support my parents and cheer them on, taking photos, and cheering on all other competitors.  There's something special about being there for family members, knowing and understanding the feelings and thoughts they are experiencing.  Being in the right place at the right moment, saying the right thing, just being in the moment with them is truly something special.  It was an exciting day on Saturday seeing both mum and dad crush it finishing within 20 seconds of each other.  No need to say who crossed the line first(dad) but they both kicked butt out there!  Mum taking home 2nd in her age group and dad just missing out on the podium with 4th place.  I couldn't be more proud of both of my parents for getting out there and having fun.  I am looking forward to the future of triathlon with these two badasses back racing smiling and having fun!

 Mom @kiwikris coming into T2

Mom @kiwikris coming into T2

"If misery loves company, then triumph demands an audience."

Brian Moore