Triathlon Experience

Costa Rica training camp Vacation

18 days in Costa Rica promises to be a tremendous experience with myself and 5 ‘Frenchies’.  The Crew: Hortense, younger brother Guillaume, friend Remi, Cousins Steph and Patrick.

I plan on doing a lot of ‘training’ by running, swimming (both the Caribbean & Pacific), and more swimming through surfing.  It is going to be a whole lot of fun.   

Map of Costa Rica

For the 2008 New Year celebration we will be in Puerto Viejo and then spend our last 10 days in Mal Pais, playing for long hours in the surf.

Hortense and I traveled down to Costa Rica for 18 days from Dec 27 to Jan 14 in an effort to enjoy large amounts of time outside under the warm sun.  We had planned the trip almost exactly a year prior during a long stretch of dreary inversion weather.  (During an inversion, smog covers Boise like a blanket, making the air cold and dirty under the blanket, while it is warm, clear and sunny over it)  This year, Idaho was a winter wonderland with lots of storms bringing in tons of the powdery white stuff.  Alas, our trip was memorable for so many reasons.

Thurs. Dec 27th 3:30 pm we leave Boise
Fri Dec 28th 8:00 am we arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica

The first thing I noticed about the new environment I found myself in was the green.  Everywhere you looked vegetation dominated the scene; trees, plants, grassy meadows and mountains inebriated with green.  We were out of the airport quickly in route to our Hostel on the east end of town.  Our taxi drive was about 25 minutes and cost 20 dollars which is about 10,000 colones. 

Not long after checking into our Hostel, Hortense and I are off, meandering west towards central San Jose.

We see several parks and stumble upon Avenue de Central, which is for foot traffic only.  I’ve come to the conclusion that just about any city where cars are not allowed, becomes a treasure and brings the people out in numbers, intimately perusing the streets.  This was a great place for people watching as the masses strolled by.

Later that night the rest of the Caribbean crew show up, Guillaume, Stephanie and Patrick, it’s late and we leave early the next day so we head to bed shortly after.

The next day we all get on the bus and head towards Puerto Viejo, nestled on the coast of the Caribbean just north of Panama.  The jungle here is almost suffocating.  It is so thick and impassable.  I realize I could not live in the jungle as much as I like visiting.  It is beautiful and intriguing, however it seems so restrictive to exploring.  Certainly not with any gear we brought along. 

We stay at Kaya’s Place in what they call ‘the casa’.  It is pretty much a stand-alone house that sleeps up to nine.  We cross the road and we are on the beach with highly surfable waves.  The water is warm and ohh soo inviting. 

The following pictures are links to:

Running on the Caribbean Coast:Costa Rica’s National Tree: Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum)

Remarkable run near the Arenal Volcano:Patrick staying dry…this time

Surfing and sunsets:

Surfing Mal Pais

Photo Album


A Rumble in the Jungle; Maui

Baja training camp Honeymoon


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