Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My Last Minute Trip to Race in Paradise. Ever Been to Nevis?

I never know what I’m going to find in my email inbox.

Sometimes it’s an offer to enlarge my penis (<no, I do not have one – joke’s on you). Sometimes it’s my bank telling me I’ve overdrawn again. And, sometimes – like the case on Tuesday night – it’s an invitation to go the Nevis/St. Kitts to participate in the most beautiful triathlon in the world. Whaaatt?

On Saturday. Like, in three days.

Good thing I have a small bone of spontaneity in my body. I usually like at least 6 months to plan a trip out of the country. Guess this time I will settle for 3 days. WTF? It’s the Caribbean! It’s 86 degrees! It’s a race! It's all expenses paid! It looks like this! A scene from Survivor without the immunity idol, the bugs or the drama!

And this!

Guess what? It looks like this here today our my back door, so see you suckas!

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I actually wasn't exactly sure where Nevis was. I had only heard of it because Kelly Ripa talks about vacationing there. I suppose it it’s good enough for Kelly, it’s good enough for me. Nevis is a very small island  (36 square miles) in the West Indies. It’s a bit southeast of Puerto Rico. It is far from Denver. Like 3,000 miles. Thanks Google. You are my hero. You make me look smart.

The Race!

Before I looked up where the hell Nevis was, I looked up the Nevis Triathlon. I’ll be doing the longer option (who go all the way there and go small?). The swim is in the harbor (Caribbean  Sea-1,000 meters). The bike is two loops (40 miles) around the perimeter of the island. The run is a 10K and is on trail, road and beach.

Last night when I told Emma about it:

Emma: Mom, do you even swim anymore?
Me: Uh, no. Haven’t swam in over year. I’m sure it will be fine.

Famous last words. This is how I approach the unknown: “I am sure it will be fine” (because there is always wine if it’s not fine!)

I don’t have time to ship my bike. They are providing me with one for the race. They wanted to know how tall I was and if I wanted a road bike or a mountain bike. Hmmmm…I’ll take the road bike I guess. I’m supposing there will be no aero helmet, no clipless pedals, no hydration system. I am sure it will be fine! Nevis better have wine. Or rum. Rum would work.

SUAR

45 comments:

  1. So awesome! What an amazing opportunity - glad you jumped at it. Good luck, have fun (duh) and can't wait to read the RR

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  2. It WILL be fine! How else could it be? I'd love to be some famous blogger invited to go do a triathlon somewhere warm, when it's cold here. Me and your readers expect lots of photos! Have fun!

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    1. I'm not sure "famous" is the right word...of course, lots of photos coming your way!

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  3. That is amazing! Enjoy & can't wait to live vicariously through your pictures!

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  4. I GOT THE EMAIL AND I TURNED IT DOWN. Because I've never done a tri before and literally don't know how to swim. Now I'm pissssed because I could've gone and been your Official Cheer Zone Captain. Have so much fun, kick so much ass, get so much tan.

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    1. Damn!! You could have gone anyway and not done the tri!!! That sucks.

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  5. Dude, I would take a free entry into a local half. Have fun, go fast, and have lots of fruity tropical drinks.

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  6. How freakin fun!! I haven't swam in years but would take the chance of drowning for this opportunity :-) Can't wait to read about it!

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  7. My mom went to med school in Nevis, so I had the amazing opportunity of visiting her and staying for free too! After traveling all over the Caribbean before and since.. I can still honestly say that Nevis was by far my FAVE island! Make sure you get to Oualie Beach (good drinks) or Lovers Beach (this one was secluded and beautiful!). Awesome that you get it paid for, what a great active vacation! Have fun, can't wait to read the post race recap.

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  8. Nevis was one of my favorite vacations! It's tough to get to, but it's worth it. We stayed at the Four Seasons and next to it is a well known beach bar called Sunshine's. They are famous for their rum drink called the Killer Bee. Beware of the sting...after a couple Bees, you might lose a few hours of your trip!

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    1. Awesome !! Apparently that place is on our schedule! Yes!!!

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    2. You know about Sunshine's! Highly recommend the Four Seasons and take a historic tour while you are there (they love Alexander Hamilton). Beth, have a great time and save the Killer Bee for after!

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  9. This means we are getting another blog soon to remember what it was like when it was warm!! You're full of win! Best of luck!

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  10. WTH? I want to be you. I've never done a tri, but I'd have done this one...I can dog paddle!

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    1. Lmao! There is always next year! Unless you can grab a quick flight south tomorrow. We could drink wine

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  11. I'm betting they have fantastic rum! When in Rome, right? Good luck and have fun!

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  12. WOW! I wish I got super awesome emails like that instead of just what my Pinterest "Pin Twin" is pinning, or what Groupon deals I didn't know I needed (Hello Starbucks gift card deal!). That is so exciting for you! I'll be waiting {im}patiently for a recap. But with an island like that, even a crash and burn isn't so bad of a result in my book!! :) Good luck and have a great time!!

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  13. Wow, congrats Beth! Hard work does pay off, someone's noticing!! Enjoy your trip!!

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  14. W.O.W. > With Out Words! Totally awesome. Yes, they have rum, and all kinds of tropical drinks with umbrellas. Enjoy! Cannot wait for recap. This is going to be so much fun.... ;-)

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  15. Sounds like a lovely spot for a race and rum afterwards!

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  16. Congratulations! What an amazing opportunity. Looking forward to the recap.

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  17. Sweet!!! Safe travels, good luck, hope it's a wonderfully memorable trip, and please post (with pix) quickly after your return, for our impatient vicariousness!

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  18. Sweet!!! Safe travels, good luck, hope it's a wonderfully memorable trip, and please post (with pix) quickly after your return, for our impatient vicariousness!

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  19. I'm excited for you for your upcoming adventures/races! I'm looking for my next challenge and you are inspiring me!

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  20. Oh my gosh! This sounds amazing! I love the way you say yes to life's fun, unanticipated adventures! Have a great time, can't wait to read about it.

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  21. Oh holy wow!!!! What an opportunity!!! Can't wait for the recap and pictures!!! Swim, bike, RUM, er I mean run!!
    Get out there and have some fun!!
    Enjoy the sand and sun
    This rhyme I've only begun
    Can you tell I have toddlers and a strong influence of DR. Seuss?lol!

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  22. Unbelievable! You sure it's wise to race without a support crew? You should have negotiated to take some friends.

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  24. Good for you on jumping right in! How exciting!!!!

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  25. Wow! Can't wait to hear all about it. I'll be living vicariously through you.

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  26. Sweeeeeet!! Have an amazing time! Have one of those rum drinks with an umbrella for me please!

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