We knew the bike would be a challenge but mother nature made it even more challenging with extremely gusty winds, hail, sand, rain and sun. We had it all while also navigating the hills, descends and 4-mile climb up Snow Canyon. Interestingly, every age group experienced different conditions on the course as the storm rolled through - starting from Snow Canyon and finishing at Sand Hallow Lake. The first age group male wave starting around 7:30am experienced storm conditions in Snow Canyon whereas the last female wave around 9:50am experienced the same conditions at the lake while swimming and exiting the water. It was a brutal storm that tested us mentally and physically.
With tired legs to start the run, things didn't get easier for the next 3-miles as we gradually went up and up until we really went up (8% grade) on the Red Hills Parkway for the first of two big climbs on the run course. Looking forward to the fast and steep 1-mile downhill before starting loop 2 of the run course, we got drenched with rain which made for a slippery, yet cool, run. And then the sun came out for a warm second loop, along with some windy. And like the bike, every athlete - depending on the wave start time - experienced different conditions on the run.
We are so proud of our athletes for showing up and overcoming obstacles to receive their well-earned finisher medal.
Detailed race report coming soon....