Posted: Nov 18 2013
Wow...what a weekend. Coeur mastered the art of multi-tasking. Hailey and Jess went up to Portland to attend a viewing party at Athletes Lounge www.athleteslounge.com and the rest of us headed over to Arizona to watch the race.
We arrived in Arizona a few days early and partnered with Trisports.com www.trisports.com to set up a mobile aid station on the Beeline highway. For those of you who haven't raced IMAZ, the Beeline is a 10 1/2 mile out and back that can make or break the bike leg. Many athletes come out here to stretch their legs and check road conditions. It was great meeting old friends and making new ones.
On race morning, we decided to be "contrarians" and set up camp on the North Scottsdale Road Bridge. We couldn't see the start but we were treated to the sight of 2,000 swimmers moving en mass toward us. It was fascinating to see lone swimmers in the middle of the pack. We could see people with clear water all around, while just a few feet away six or seven racers would be swimming on top of each other. I guess this explains how one swimmer could say that they had a peaceful swim most of the way while another in the same area said it was a scrum.