|The "Voodoo" tree along the Race Course Loop at Three Peaks in Iron County, Utah.|
I can pretty much guarantee I'll never compete in a triathlon.
I'm just NOT a swimmer, and I have zero desire to really learn how. Swimming is just not part of my outdoor philosophy which is basically all about getting around in the backcountry (running, hiking, biking, canyoneering) as efficiently as possible in a limited amount of time. Being a fast swimmer just is not seem that useful to my explorations.
Thank goodness for duathlons where you can test your running and biking mettle all in one go. The Three Peaks Duathlon is a newer race held at the Three Peaks Recreation Area west of Cedar City. Three Peaks is one of my favorite places to play and it is extremely underused by folks that live in Cedar Valley.
Top reasons I love this race:
(1) No swimming
(2) Takes place at Three Peaks - a natural treasure in the Cedar City area with great views of the Hurricane Cliffs and 30+ miles of singletrack on flowy trails mixed with granite slickrock. Yes! That's right -- granite slickrock!.
(3) The race is 100% on dirt and about 95% of that dirt is in the form of singletrack.
(4) The race is practically in my backyard.
(5) The entree fee is reasonable at $40 bucks and all of the proceeds go the Cedar City Volunteer Fireman's Relief Organization.
(6) Now in it's second year, the race format is much improved over last year's weird team format.
Not having done any sort of race for quite some time, I was excited to throw my hat in the ring.
The race starts with a 5k trail run, followed by a 12-mile mountain bike circuit. Then comes a final 5k run that covers the same running course, except in the reverse direction.
The following race photos were taken by my wife Susie along with a few photos ripped from the Dirty Du Facebook Page.
|My son Ren looks on as I stretch the old legs out just before the start.|
|Transition #1. So far so good as I was the first to the bike.|
|From right to left are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. There was some pretty good loot for such a small race. I ended up with easily over $100-worth of gift certificates and gear. Photo from Dirty Du Facebook page.|
Susie and I also got a few quotes in the local paper's coverage of the event