Tri at the Grove—Year #3
For the last three years I have gone to Cottage Grove, Oregon to do the Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove. It is a fun, low key and grass roots type event held in a beautiful location. Race day has you parking close to transition and hopping into a warm and calm lake for the swim, riding amongst the evergreens and winding along the lake for the ride and running next to the lake for an out and back run. Nothing is too crowded, everything is accessible and you can really focus on having a great experience whether it is your first triathlon or one of many you have raced.
Instead of words I will illustrate with pictures (and a few words):
The Pro panel before the race. We offer tips, answer questions and share our past experiences.
We talked about transitions and how to keep it simple.
Finishing up the swim. Tip–make sure your PowerGel stays in your pocket when you pull your wetsuit on. I was looking for that gel during the run.
The run is flat along the lake. It offers shade and some sunnier sections. There are blackberry bushes along the course as well. I did not stop to grab any although they would have been yummy.