St. George Road Trip

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THIS BLOG MAY CONTAIN MORE PHOTOS THAN WRITTEN CONTENT...


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2 - Thanks to Jiffy Lube for being useless...  Lucky we made it home..   MORSE

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2 - Thanks to Jiffy Lube for being useless...  Lucky we made it home..   MORSE


IRONMAN 70.3 St. George Road trip with a stop in Joshua Tree and off the grid recovery in ZION National Park.  Katie and I hit the road Wednesday evening headed for Joshua Tree to test out our camping gear from Therm-a-Rest, Zippo, and GSI outdoors.  We decided we wanted to be "half way" to St. George to minimize the driving on Thursday.  In the end we probably added on a few hours of driving but it was well worth the adventure!


If you're here to read my race report and don't care to hear me talk about cameras you can skip the next paragraph...  Or just skip through until you see RACE REPORT...


I received an email from B&H with rewards money from a recent camera purchase that was the sum of enough money to buy myself a new little toy.  It was very affordable and a justifiable purchase right before heading off on race vacation.  I have been looking at mirrorless camera systems for quite a while now.  With my expensive taste in cameras it's been hard to pull the trigger to buy the system I really wanted.  After doing my research, I ended up with the perfect walk around toy.  The Fuji X-E1 with an 18mm f2 lens that converts to being a 35mm equivalent because if its APS-C "X-Trans" CMOS sensor, "crop sensor," stoked!  There's nothing I enjoy more than being away from home with a new toy to really push the limits to see what it's capable of.  I never thought I would purchase a crop sensor camera but so far, I am more than happy with my purchase.


This is what eating peanuts at 85 mph looks like...


Fuji X-E1 18mm f2 - Morse

Fuji X-E1 18mm f2 - Morse


Katie has pleaded with me for as long as I can remember to teach her how to create awesomeness with the night sky so we took 8 photos before bedtime to create this image.

-Eighth times a charm?


NIKON D810 24-70mm 2.8

NIKON D810 24-70mm 2.8


Sunrise with the Fuji exposed for the highlights, pulled the shadows in post.  Pretty impressed with this little camera...


Fuji X-E1 18mm f2

Fuji X-E1 18mm f2


Fuji X-E1 18mm f2

Fuji X-E1 18mm f2


Fuji X-E1 18mm f2

Fuji X-E1 18mm f2


Fuji X-E1 18mm f2

Fuji X-E1 18mm f2


- WE MADE IT TO ST. GEORGE IN ONE PIECE -


When we arrived in St. George we went directly to Athlete registration and took a little lay down in the Rapid Reboot tent.  It was cool to see people who have a passion for the sport bring a product to the market with a more affordable recovery boot.  While they are still working out the kinks in the product before opening sales to the public, I am still a Normatec fan.  Even with the more affordable price tag, I would be happy spending the extra money on a product that I trust that gives me the recovery and power that my body desires.  They were good enough to put Katie to sleep but it could have been the dry hot heat that quickly dehydrated us upon our arrival.  After making our rounds through IRONMAN village saying hi to friends working and racing it was time to get unpacked and settled into our condo. 


FUJI X-E1 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


After we unpacked the car and settled in the wind was picking up and the sun was setting.  We quickly put together our bikes and got on the road for a short 45 minute bike ride.  We took it easy and embraced the wind and heat putting our bodies in a state of auto pilot trying to get the blood flowing after a long day of driving.

After a long day and a late night Olive Garden dinner we woke up later than planned but kicked the morning off with a shake out run.  I obviously had to bring my new toy out with us to snap some photos and these were my first action shots the the Fuji.  I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out as most of the reviews said it didn't handle action photos well...  Some people clearly don't know how to use a camera to the best of its abilities.  Is it a top of the line sports camera?  NO!  But its fascinating what you can create with what ever tools you have access to.  If an iphone is your camera, you can crush iphone photography if you learn how to use it.


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


With our shake out run/photoshoot out of the way we headed back to IRONMAN village to get Katie squared away with race wheels from Race Day Wheels and Velo Stop.  Marc and Brian were very kind and helpful with getting Katie all squared away with a set of ZIPP carbon clinchers, 808 rear and 404 front.  If you don't own a pair of race wheels, Race Day Wheels and Velo Stop are the people to contact to make sure you find faster!   

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2 - Race Day Wheels & Velo Stop

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2 - Race Day Wheels & Velo Stop


Adventures in ZION were a bit of a struggle to say the least.  Walking for me personally was dreadful.  Both Soleus aching with every step.  It felt like the old fat Topher was repeatedly jumping on both of my legs and beating me with a tire iron.  It progressively got worse as the week went on.  It was ten times more painful than what I was experiencing on race day during the half marathon.  Most likely due to being numb from the cold temperatures.  Mile one and two I was still freezing cold.  I wont forget the pain I was in as I started the first hill on the run and telling myself to shut up and keep moving.  I was pleased to walk through every aid station to relieve the pain to justify continuing forward on the run...


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


The first few days in ZION were filled with bike rides, eating unhealthy snacks, ice baths in the river, rounded out by napping by the river.  What a peaceful place to just be still and not do anything at all.  I always struggle after races to regroup and think clearly so this was the perfect place to find my happy place.  It didn't hurt to be able to get back on my bike and take in the scenery considering I couldn't ride my bike for three weeks leading up to the race...



FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2



FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2

FUJI X-E1 - 18mm F2


NIKON D810 85mm 1.4

NIKON D810 85mm 1.4


NIKON D810 50mm 1.4

NIKON D810 50mm 1.4


NIKON D810 50mm 1.4

NIKON D810 50mm 1.4


NIKON D810 24-70mm 2.8

NIKON D810 24-70mm 2.8


NIKON D810 24-70mm 2.8

NIKON D810 24-70mm 2.8


NIKON D810 24-70mm 2.8

NIKON D810 24-70mm 2.8


CANON 5D MARK iii 16-35mm 2.8L

CANON 5D MARK iii 16-35mm 2.8L


CANON 5D MARK iii 16-35mm 2.8L

CANON 5D MARK iii 16-35mm 2.8L