Getting to Pucòn, Chile is quite the haul, but if it goes smoothly (as our travel did), it's not so bad. I think we were in the 24-hr door to door ballpark. We flew from San Diego -> Houston ->Santiago -> Temuco, Chile. From Temuco, Pucòn is about a 90 minute drive along the beautiful Chilean countryside. Wynne did great and we stamped her passport in her 5th continent!
Instead of the typical effusive paragraphs of race rundown, I'll a top 10 things to know about a triathlete's trip to Pucòn 70.3 (and you'll get the idea of my race along the way... tricky, eh?)
1) The snowcapped Villarica Volcano flanks the town of Pucòn and makes for some serious "take your breath away" backdrops for your race photos. You can go hike this volcano (& slide down on a sled!) but we weren't able to- I don't think Wynne is ready for ice picks, crampons, and helmets in case of lava flow).
|We admired the volcano from the comfortd of Pucòn village|
3) If you like meat, proceed directly to Chile! The town of Pucòn is incredibly cute and reminds me of a ski village, but its not a ski village. Throughout the walking streets, there are dozens of traditional Chilean restaurants with outdoor grills (Churrascarias) where they cook amazing meats to order. We definitely got our iron stores nice and high pre-race!
4) The swim takes place in Lago Villarico which is brisk, but not freezing. Definitely wetsuit legal. The swim course is awesome and the lake was calm for our race morning. I had a less than stellar swim in the beautiful Lago Villarica (one of those swims where I assumed it must have been long until I saw everyone else's swim times and realized it, well, wasn't)
|Katya & I doing run recon pre-race. The swim is in that cove in Lago Villarica|
|No pics of me on the bike, so you get one of Luke. Picture this as a female, but I was probably more aero ;)|
|On the run in my new Endura race kit. Photo: Wagner Araujo|
|Luke gettin' up the hills on the run...|
|my fave pic- Luke & I crossing paths on the run!|
|Toasting w/ friends post-race: Mojitos & Pisco Sours|
|Wynne loved Pucòn and Chileans LOVE babies. It was so welcoming!|
10) Just put it on your bucket list!
Thank you to my amazing sponsors and to the race organization for making Pucòn 70.3 possible.. And now, it's almost time for our next adventure... back to Australia in 6 days!