Longest race of my life: seven weeks to Ironman; enjoying the view

A dock sitting at a lake.

A retired dock at the upper Lake Canyon Lake, July 22, 2017, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The upper Lake Canyon Lake is located roughly a mile up Washington Avenue from the Santa Lucia gate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Clayton Wear/Released)


If you have been following this series, then you would know that in seven weeks from this Sunday I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. Last week I wrote about how I needed to put more time in on the bike, and after many hours on the bike last week I have noticed some amazing things on base.

It may be that I am biased because I am a new Airman, but this base is awesome. We have wildlife, beaches, rolling hills, historical sites, launch complexes, great weather, canyons, trails, lakes, and the best biking roads to connect them all.

I see the most wildlife on one of my flatter bike routes, from the old gym around the airfield using 13th street and 26th street. It has the best views of rabbits, hawks, and the occasional deer without too many hills. My favorite ride, though, when I am looking for a worthwhile challenge, is going down Coast Road on south base.

Coast Road has its fair share of hills, but it hugs the ocean for 10 miles. A few of my favorite snacking spots on the ride are the Honda Point Memorial, the Space Launch Complex-6 viewing site, and the boat house, when it’s open.

Snacking along my bike routes are very brief, though. When I want to really enjoy a spot and decompress from training, I usually drive somewhere with a bag lunch.

One of my new lunch spots is about a mile from the Santa Lucia gate. At the upper Lake Canyon Lake there is an old dock that is no longer attached to the lake’s edge but it is still accessible. The last few weekends I have eaten my lunch while sitting at the dock.

All of the amazing places for relaxing and biking have aided my training. Hopefully by writing about some of my favorite routes, more Airmen living here will get out to enjoy the base we work at.



Editor’s note: This is an on-going 10 week series. You can visit www.vandenberg.af.mil and the 30th Space Wing Facebook page every Friday for a new feature.