On July 25, 2009 in Burley Idaho, a tri-beast was born.  I call her Bertha and she lives inside me.  It all happened at the Spudman. What is the Spudman you might ask? Let me tell you.  This is an Olympic distance race which consists of  a .9 mile swim, a 25 mile bike ride, and a 6.2 mile run. It is one of my favorite races of all time, and I have done it almost every year since then.

The Spudman is perfect for first-time triathletes. The swim is easier when compared to other triathlons because it is in the Snake River and you can use the current to your advantage. My family likes to tease my dad because he basically just floats on his back for the swim portion of the race. He is not a fan of swimming and puts minimal training effort into the swim. When I say minimal I mean the most he puts his head under water before race day is his daily shower. The bike route is very flat and the view consists of tall corn rows and lush green alfalfa fields. I am a huge fan of the run because one third of it is on a dirt trail. The moment I start running on a trail I forget that I am a girl living in the 21st century. I am Pocahontas running through the forest to save John Smith. I might have watched that show one too many times as a child. The final stretch of the race is fantastic! The last 200 meters of the race is a grassy downhill which helps give you that last burst of energy to finish the race.

Wetsuits are so attractive, but add a swim cap... it really can't get any better than that!

Wetsuits are so attractive, but add a swim cap… it really can’t get any better than that!

Left to right: my cousin Cassidy, my sister-in-law Faith, my brother Danny, my husband Zach, and me. Photo bomb: my brother Peter.

Have you ever seen Coneheads? This picture reminds me of that show. Left to right: my cousin Cassidy, my sister-in-law Faith, my brother Danny, my husband Zach, and me. Photo bomb: my brother Peter.

If you are new to the triathlon world I highly recommend the Spudman. It is a well organized race and you get a lot of amazing support from the locals. Many of them will sit out on their porch all morning cheering you on and spraying you with their garden hoses. This year a cute little boy and his mom were handing out ice to the race participants in the middle of the run. They were not part of the official race support crew, they were just there to encourage the racers. I just love how the small town gives so much encouragement to the athletes. The environment is very friendly and positive which is a great vibe to be around on race day.

So have I convinced you to sign up for Spudman 2015 yet? Get out there and give it a tri. (hehe… see what I did there?)

After race photo

After race photo

I forgot to mention that this was Zach and my sister-in-law Faith’s first ever triathlon! They did so great. I just love ‘em!

Faith & Danny after the race!

Faith & Danny after the race!

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