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PNW Road Trip 2018

June 12, 2018 - Kaori Funahashi


CLICK MAP above to view the hyperlinked itinerary map.

Keeping this blog short and sweet, because let's be real, you're only here to check out the photos :) Here it goes... 

4 months ago, my fiancé and I decided to sign up and train for Ironman 70.3 Victoria. It was Jason's 2nd 70.3, and my very first 70.3. We've both done a full Ironman (140.6), so given half the distance, 4mo felt like a good amount of time to train for the race. For those who are unfamiliar with what 70.3 is, it is a half Ironman which consists of 1.9km swim followed by a 90km bike and finishing the race with a 21.1km run(always in that order). Wait, but why 70.3? ...because the distances add up to 70.3 miles. Click here to view the race course map/elevation charts for 70.3 Victoria

As you can see from the road map above, we road tripped to British Columbia from our home in San Luis Obispo, CA, covering 2647.6 miles over 14 days!

The Race
 Beautiful swim venue. ClusterF***! Got thrashed. Pulled by the ankle. I still beat J. #win 
 Beautiful bike course! Messed up the Garmin so I was riding blind for the first 1/4 of the ride, but thoroughly enjoyed myself on the bike. My goal was to have fun, so goal achieved! #win 
 2 loop course around Elk Lake. Beautiful run course! Oh, did I mention the race was beautiful? ;) 1st loop - felt great! 2nd loop - felt great-ish... and FINISHED! Thankful that I finished minutes before it started raining pretty hard. #win

Jason killed it with a 4:48:33 - 12th place in AG, 84th/1501 overall!
I survived with a 5:11:34 - 6th place in AG, 218th/1501 overall. 

The Road Trip
We took the Oregon Coast up to Victoria, BC, went as far north as Squamish, BC, then took the inland route back through Portland and Bend, OR. I think I can speak for both of us that this was one of the very best road trips we've taken together and wouldn't hesitate to do it again. If we didn't have the half IM to save our legs for, I would have liked to explore more of the hiking trails in Oregon! We were able to spend quality time with Jason's parents in Victoria, BC as well as the Dressels(of Frontier Coffee Company + Endurance Cubed) and several other of our triathlon friends who came out to race. Thankful for the new friendships we've made and reunions with others we haven't seen in a while on this trip. 

We've had this trip planned for months in advance but it turned out to be a great blessing for me. Gave me time to reflect on one heck of a hectic month of May. In short, it consisted of producing + photographing Checkpoint Challenge Adventure Race, photographing Wildflower Triathlon,  mourned the passing of my loved grandma(and celebrated her life with family) in Ohio, producing + photographing Dawn to Dusk 12hr Adventure Race, and photographing Born to Run Ultra Marathons. Oomph.

The Photos
I took photos! Lots of them. I've even divided them up in daily photo albums. (Day 1, Day 2...) This way you can look at my handy-dandy interactive itinerary map and see which photos go with where we were on the trip. If you really love them, I've made it possible for you to purchase prints! You're welcome ;) We hope you enjoy. 


Where should we go for our next road trip...? :)

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