It all started with a bucket list, five girlfriends, running shoes and a plane ticket to New Orleans. Five women, but all sharing the singular goal of supporting one amazing friend. Heidi Wicka had decided that she would run but a single marathon in her lifetime, thus it best be someplace memorable. So when she told us that she had selected New Orleans as THE marathon, how could we not go to support her? Right? New Orleans, AKA NOLA, with Bourbon Street, great food, incredible history, and music that people live a lifetime to hear.
When it was started in 1983, Wildflower was one of the first races in the novel sport of triathlon. Designed as a side event to what was truly a bluegrass music festival, the races gradually became the focus of the weekend, and over thirty years later, the trio of triathlons is one of the largest, most highly anticipated elite races in the world. For those who haven’t experienced what has been called the “Woodstock of Triathlons,” Colleen Bousman, President of Tri-California Events, Inc.
Do you remember back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when Catamaran sail boats with brightly colored sails lined the beaches all over California? There are still a few beaches today, mostly in Southern California that you may see these Cats perched on the beaches. Here on the Central Coast of California you can now spot those brilliantly colored sails on a Saturday or Sunday at Avila and Port San Luis beaches or at beautiful Lopez Lake.
Catamaran sailing is back! It is thriving through the leadership of Scott Erwin, Commodore of Hobie Cat Fleet 259. Scott Erwin has a passion for sailing and a love to teach others how to sail. Just one look at Scott’s Atascadero backyard and you’ll see this passion of these small, double hulled sailboats. He has at least ten Catamarans ready to be towed to the beach or lake for a day of fun in the sun. A few of these boats are available for anyone to borrow and use.
Kilian Jornet Burgada is the most dominating endurance athlete of his generation. In just eight years, Jornet has won more than 80 races, claimed some 16 titles and set at least a dozen speed records, many of them in distances that would require the rest of us to purchase an airplane ticket. He has run across entire landmasses (Corsica) and mountain ranges (the Pyrenees), nearly without pause. He regularly runs all day eating only wild berries and drinking only from streams. On summer mornings he will set off from his apartment door at the foot of Mont Blanc and run nearly two and a half vertical miles up to Europe’s roof — over cracked glaciers, past Gore-Tex’d climbers, into the thin air at 15,781 feet — and back home again in less than seven hours, a trip that mountaineers can spend days to complete.