MICHAEL LOVATO | Professional Triathlete




North Carolina

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Last weekend was a fun one, as Amanda and I traveled out to North Carolina to participate in a clinic put on by Inside-Out Sports. One of Amanda’s sponors for the past few years, and a defacto sponsor of mine–thanks, Cid!–the Cary-NC-based tri shop brought us out to help with this one-day clinic. The local tri club, Triangle Tri, teamed up with IOS to host this event. In all the day provided for a group bike ride, a group run, and several individual sessions.

We had about 100 athletes in attendance, some of whom were seasoned vets, while others were beginners. Amanda and I really enjoyed telling our stories about how we became triathletes, and how we’ve progressed since our humble beginnings. We got to share a bit more during the half-hour individual Q & A sessions following lunch. In addition to our part, athletes were afforded the chance to do bike fits, biomechanical gait analyses, stroke critiques, transition clinics, and much more. All in all, it was an impressive clinic, and a great first-time show.

We took advantage of being out in NC to scope out the area as a potential future home. We’ve always been drawn to North Carolina, and the Chapel Hill area has been top of the list. We didn’t get a chance to see Ashville or Wilmington, but we’ll plan another trip out there before too long.

In addition to the clinic, Amanda and I did a bit of training with the local tri crew. We did a couple of nice rides, and enjoyed a long run on the trails just outside Raleigh. All in all, it was a great trip, with a lot of laughs and a bit of easy training.

We’re now back in Boulder, and are entering into March: the snowy month!

That’s it for now.

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