Saturday, September 7, 2013

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you write a blog entitled What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…

A few days after we celebrated my cousin Ryan's wedding, Amber and I headed out to Las Vegas for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships where she would compete against 40 of the best female triathletes in the World. 
Danny, Ryan and Matty

So the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, yeah I’ve heard of them. Ironman, one of my friends did a sprint one of those. Oh 70.3 has a half-marathon? My friend ran a 5k marathon once. Oh yeah we got that a lot from all the Vegas peeps. Apparently triathlons and gambling and smoking don't go well together. Oh well. 

Anyway, we came to Vegas early to  have a few extra days to have a fun little vacation as well as to sort out all the details that involve triathlon. And thank goodness. Because we needed every day.
Things started out okay with a smooth flight that got us into Vegas early on Wednesday, checked into our hotel without a fuss. Amber and I spent the day exploring the area as well as getting our portraits taken.
Ironsherpa and Irongirl

Amber also had to do a swim-run so Amber tried to swim in the Stratosphere’s pool. Which was interesting…

Her planned forty minute run turned into 20 minutes because of 1)the oppressive 100+ temperatures, and 2)the oppressive crowds that come with anything involving the strip. That ended up being fine since less is more before a race and the heat will only drain you if you spend too much time out there in mid-day.

The next day Amber had to do a swim and bike so we went to the YMCA of North Las Vegas and boy was this a shock. Rather than an old Concord YMCA, we were exposed to a brand new state of the art YMCA. In addition to a huge, clean facility, they had outdoor swimming pool and a water slide. That might be the best chance to get me to the swimming pool.
While Amber was swimming, I went for a run over at Centennial Park and had some great views of the city as well as the mountain range.
A view from the Y

After the workout, Amber and I headed to Henderson to get her bike in. We had been encouraged to go to a specific place for a great biking route that didn't have any cars. I was going to go for a second run while she biked but within two pedal strokes we heard something was amiss and sure ensure Amber’s rear derailleur on her bike had broken.

Not an easy fix. We took the bike to the local shop who, probably due to being too busy with triathlon preparation, were not too helpful. Luckily, Myles Chase of MC Cycles who was coming out to support Deidre, was able to get a new derailleur overnight shipped to our hotel. Problem solved.
Myles putting on Amber's discwheel(oh yeah, which was DENTED by TSA on the flight out!)

Not so much. The next day at 10:30 when the delivery was supposed to have arrived, our package was not delivered. We decided to head to the race site to register. However, due to high winds the registration was delayed in order to change the location. We met up with a few other Zoot athletes and spent some time in the local library waiting for the race registration to reopen.
Zooters Kendra, Hanna and Amber

After finally registering, but not getting her bags for the race transitions, we headed back to the hotel thinking we would be able to get her bike fixed. But unfortunately, the package had still not arrived. After several hours of checking, the shipment was still in transit. We finally called  UPS to see why we hadn't gotten it yet, and we got something in return. The run-around. I spent over an hour on the phone using my big-boy’s voice before finally getting someone to finally agree to just leave the package, which was routed to the wrong town, where they had it and we would go get it. So we hopped in the car and drove for about 30 minutes out of town, straight into a scene from CSI. There weren't yet any dead bodies but if we stayed in this neighborhood much longer there most likely would be. We hurriedly picked up the package, got back in the car and headed back to the hotel where Myles assembled the new derailleur while Amber doubled-down on the penny slots.
Today has been pretty uneventful so hopefully this will continue through tomorrow when Amber and Deidre look to compete against the best half-ironman distance triathletes in the world. We will keep you posted on the results J

Up Next: IRONMAN 70.3 Worlds Championships in 15 hours!

Update: Click her for Race Report

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