Jul 17, 2014

Season Five Summit Games: Frisco, CO

The Summit Games is not just a bunch of races it is a full blown festival amidst the beautiful mountains of Frisco, Colorado. 

SeasonFive puts on a stellar weekend that is fun for all and you don't even have to be a water person to enjoy the festivities. 

The Season Five Summit Games have live music, fly casting clinics, slacklining and acro yoga clinics, triathlon with a twist (SUP, mtn bike, trail run), SUP races, SUP clinics, SUP demos, Dog runs, booths, food, drinks, and an amazing venue. 

This year, I got the chance to be a part of it in a variety of ways. I helped set up the course, give my input on SUP related aspects of the racing and clinics. I got to race, teach, meet new people, and learn different skills.

My first event was the Triathlon. This was not your typical triathlon. It was a 1.5mile SUP, 8 mile mtn bike, and 3mile trail run. We started with the SUP which was great for me. I was on the SIC 12.6XPRO and paddled with my Werner small Grand Prix Paddle. I blasted out in hopes to give myself some extra time on the bike and run. Although I mtn bike and trail run in my spare time its been awhile since I raced these two events. I was also at 9000feet in elevation and on a borrowed bike. Any how, I was able to get to my bike in first place overall.. hahaha.
Alpine Sports kindly lent me a Specialized Rumor. I didn't bring bike shoes with me so I went for old school flat pedals with running shoes, no gloves, and a borrowed helmet. I also didnt' have a water bottle with me so I just decided to stick a Vfuel gel and a ClifBar block in my tights as emergency. The bike course was really fun actually. Lots of single track and lots of up and down. I was breathing hard from the elevation and probably could have used some water but it was all good. I was having a blast. The views were stellar and only about 4 or 5 guys flew by me.
I forgot how hard it is to run at the end of a multisport event so I just took it nice and stable. The first part of the run was a pretty big climb, I ran it but at a pace I could hold. The rest of the single track run was cool with small up and downs and we finished with a huge downhill. I managed to cross the line as the first female and in 1hr35min. I loved it all and hope to see more of these styles of triathlons popping up around. Maybe I should get one going in BC... perfect venue for it!

I didn't stop there: learnt to cast fly fishing style (I failed at the target competition but definitely by the end got the rhythm of the swing). I taught a SUP stroke clinic, followed by participating in a SUP team relay race, and finished off the day with another SUP clinic. Long but great day.

The second day was SUP racing focused. We started the morning off with a SUP distance race of about 6 miles. It was a fun little flat water course where we got to round an island. I always love going around islands:) After the distance race I decided to give some other women a chance to win and decided to help out with the sprint race instead of racing it. It was great to watch from the dock and cheer people on. I had a final SUP clinic where I got to teach some newbies to the sport, pretty fulfilling to be able to provide the excitement of learning something new.

My last day in Colorado I spent in Breckenridge where i got to explore the ski hills on a trail run up the mountain, walk around town, and finish off some shooting and filming for Season Five. All in all a fabulous time exploring a new place and meeting some new people. Thank you to all who made the Season Five Summit Games a success and people should mark this one down on their calendars for next year.

Next up is a little whirlwind around the globe for a week.... curious how the body and body will hold up on this little mini adventure to Maui, Germany, and back to Maui...

Live, love, laugh,..DREAM!


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