PTC Celebrates Wildflower’s 30th
PTC celebrated Wildflower’s 30th Anniversary in Party Triathlon Club style, with 45 racers and 20 fun-loving revelers / support crew driving up to the beautiful rolling hills around Lake San Antonio for a weekend of sporting fun. Many fought their inner domestic to camp out in the wild amongst PTC’s “Tent City” while others gave in to their softer side and RV’d it to enjoy creature comforts. But it was a fabulous weekend for all to celebrate accomplishments, mark milestones, and feel the pain of Nasty Grade!
Heading up early Wednesday, an advance crew (and a massive roll of CAUTION tape) secured our spot at Redonda Vista Camping Area N – great trees, next to the bathroom and – oh yeah, the Cal Poly Saturday Night Naked Run. As more of the troops began to arrive, we got to work setting up tents and getting in some test runs on the course.
Bracing for Impact
Somehow Thursday and Friday disappeared in a haze of relaxing, swimming, running, biking, eating, drinking. . . while all the time camps filled up and the “buzzzzzzzz” started as bikes were prepped and packets were picked up. The stress level noticeably elevated on Friday night as the long course loomed ahead . . .
Long Course Race Day!
Saturday morning arrived clear and bright and early, and we were off! Racers deployed the waves . . . pros first out and back like elegant performance machines, then age groupers of all shapes and shades and abilities. Back and forth: water, transition, road, transition, trail, and finish! And the best part of the race – no one is dashing home to pick up their responsibilities of family and funds – its back to camp for celebration!
Under tents, stars and the influence of some serious margaritas, we enjoyed another fabulous meal around a (seriously blazing) firepit, beat the crap out of a massive pepper piñata and shared stories of the day that became more marvelous with each telling. The group cheered a huge group of nude students that kept another long standing tradition going before taking in the stars (from the top of an RV) and turning in for the night.
Olympic Mimosa AID Station
Sunday was back to reality as we cheered our Olympic Distance racers, watched the Great Macca give the course a thorough beating and started the first ever PTC Mimosa Aid Station, before sadly departing to head homeward to real life and a mountain of laundry.
The end of an epic weekend – we laughed, we cried, we celebrated friendship and built new bonds. No one ended up in the medical tent (for anything serious), and we didn’t burn down the campsite . . . but then there is always next year . . .