Los Cabos Recon
This post maybe a work in progress as I add things and reflect after the travel to the Los Cabos Ironman but because it is a first year race I thought I would post up some useful info (if you have any specific Q’s let me know and I will try to answer them). I am also planning on going back next year and I want as many of my friends and teamates to go so hopefully this will push them over the register button. There is a lot of positive for this race and another part of doing this post…
This has been one of the smoothest races I have been to logistically but part of that could be because of the nightmare travel experiences I had getting to and from Panama at the start of this year. Even if we had to get through customs, the flight down to Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos (SJD) was as short as flying to Northern California and getting into and out of SJD and the San Diego airport was a breeze. We also flew Alaska which only charged us $60 to check 3 bags including my bike. This was awesome compared to the $150-200 I am typically paying for my bike alone.
Monique and I had never been down to San Jose or San Lucas before but our teammates for the trip, Brynn and Ryan have been there plenty of times and not only made the trip much more fun but Ryan knew about all the spots that the cool kids hang out and where to get what we needed to prep for the race. This was a huge help.
The logistics for the race itself (which at some events can be a race in itself) was effortless and very organized. I think I heard that the race director is also who puts on Ironman Cozumel which only make me want to do that race also. The crew must have had solid experience because for a first year race I felt like they ran it without a hitch.
– check-in was fast, people were informed and we got in and out without ping ponging around for a few hours picking up random stuff from tables across the room. It was also right next to where we were staying (thank you Ryan) which made it nice to just go for a walk and grab our stuff before dinner.
The same goes for bike drop off where we got marked with numbers and photos taken on the way into transition and then left our bags for T1 & T2. Having two separate transitions was not an issue at all and this “assembly line of efficiency” continued through the finish chute where we crossed the finish line got our metal, necklace souvenir, t-shirts, towels, food, massage, ice bath pools, etc.
– The course (i will detail more below) was super fun and challenging enough to keep the drafting down on the bike and elements enough to keep it real without people complaining that it is too hard (IMSG). Maybe that will keep it around longer… The course was marked very well and they did a great job of setting up most of the aid stations on the bike by the climbs so we were moving at a slower pace to switch bottles and they also gave our real bike bottles which is always a huge plus. There was also plenty of aid stations on the bike (every 5mi?) and on the run we had one every kilometer. This was a big help keeping cool and having consistency even if you did not need them that often.
– local support was good as expected. People are generally friendly and supportive of these events but it was also very SAFE. I had so many people telling me before we went down about the dangers of Mexico but we were far from any of that. Bring your wife, bring your kids. No need to hide them here.
We stayed at the Posada Real Hotel for the first few days before the race and a day after. I was VERY stoked on this place! This brings up another plus… RELAXATION!
This was a good theme to have before the trip and the ease and low key atmosphere along with the all inclusive stay at Posada Real made it a pleasure.
Bike Course Details–