Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Northwest

Six years ago I raced my first Ironman in Couer d'Alene. I returned two more times to compete there before turning pro. This year when I got the opportunity to go up to the race with friends and chase my coach around on a bike for a few days I couldn't pass it up. Some pics from my ride to Spokane and back...

Northwest beauty.

Good company.

Wide open spaces.

We left Idaho, then came back on our ride. Proof!

My favorite sign all day. There was a tiny dip in the bike path. Apparently it is 8%.

Our ride started out looking like imminent rain and ended up sunny.

Self portraits are always a bit dorky. But nonetheless - proof I was in the land of pine trees...

Vineyard at the top of a fun little climb overlooking Spokane.

Northwest waterfall!

7 comments:

ADC said...

Very cool photos.

Beth said...

Beautiful area!!! Glad you had such great training. Great seeing you out there and thanks for the cheers!

Steve said...

You are a very inspiring person. I like you a lot, and respect you, etc...

More to you, and you have already succeeded in life. Let us all in, so others can too.

You know what I mean?? Life isn't about kicking ass, but it is about relating with each other.

You are a vital cog, cuz you are Shuh-ree-suh!! :)

xoxo

GoBigGreen said...

Lovely, it looks alot like Northern MN!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I just signed up for next year's race. Another USA Mdot to check off.
I love it up there. Even though I have a plant in Spokane, I don't make it up there enough

Jason said...

Gorgeous photos as always.

AdventureSteph said...

awwwwh thnx Charisa for the visual story...Suely takes me back as i lived there 17yrs ago...Threw a dart at a map, packed a suitcase, boarded Amtrak and ppoooff!! Spokane is lovely..yes similar to midwest (same latitude) ..very caring people and meandring rivers and very cool summer breezes. Bloomsday 10k draws about 10k people. Dishman-Mica and the Centennial trail, Huckleberries and Fiddlehead ferns....Sounds like a folk song in the making!