The Blue Lake Triathlon, hosted by Why Racing Events was perfect this year. The weather was warm enough to feel comfortable the entire race without being too warm for the run at the end of the olympic triathlon. The temperature of Blue Lake was a little cooler this year, but still perfectly comfortable in a sleeveless wetsuit or for some, no wet suit at all. With a little cloud cover, it allowed athletes to push hard for personal bests. I’ve competed in the olympic triathlon at Blue Lake for the last three years, with temperatures closing in on 100 degrees, so this year we all enjoyed perfect racing weather.
When I arrived at 7:00, there was plenty of parking to accommodate this year’s large group of competitors and spectators. Check-in was quick, with so many volunteers, even entering and setting up transition was a breeze. When my event started at 8:33 the weather was perfect. The announcer for this year’s event was hilarious. He noted that some swimmers would turn at the last buoy and b-line for the finish. And others, he added would, z-line for the finish, providing a little extra mileage to the course and “more miles for the money.” He lightened the mood and took the edge off for those nervous about the race. Blue Lake is one of my favorite swims. The trees and homes that line the water are such a beautiful scene to take in during the swim.
The bike portion of Blue Lake is flat, fast and scenic along the Columbia River. There was a little headwind on the way out, but it was very mild this year. The run was beautiful and fun. The volunteers and competitors were encouraging and supportive. Blue Lake is an event I could compete in every year. It’s beautiful, so close to Portland, a great early season triathlon with temperate weather, all on a flat, fast and scenic course.
I really enjoy Why Racing Events. They are always well-managed, down to earth, yet professional, and supportive. The events are close to Portland and the courses are flat, fast and scenic with stunning views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood. With so many options, this event is perfect for beginners, or as a season opener.
The sports and fitness expo was fun. Some of the sponsors included Deschutes Brewery, IQ Credit Union, Fleet Feet, Franz Bakery, HUMM Kombucha, KIND Snacks, Gatorade, Pepsi, Red Bull, Don Francisco Coffee, Yogi, TRISPORTS, XTERRA, B & W International, A2 Bikes, Rudy, XX2i Optics, University of Western States, Visit Bend, Visit Central Oregon, Northwest Personal Training, Sweetwater SUP Rentals and The Old Spaghetti Factory.
The Old Spaghetti Factory brought in so much good food and they even had gluten free options. I loved every detail of Blue Lake this year. We were given beautiful blue race shirts and finishers medal, but my favorite is the keychain they included with the finishers medal – swim, bike, run. Triathlon is a sport I love and I’m excited for this little reminder on my keychain.