Tomorrow morning I depart for my final race of the 2008 season. I will be traveling all day to Huatulco, Mexico for the last ITU World Cup event. My flight departs Colorado Springs at 8:15 AM in route to Dallas---then to Mexico City and catching one more plane to Huatulco. I should be arriving by 7:00PM if all flights are on schedule. I had never heard of Huatulco before, but I have heard it is a quiet city with beautiful beaches. Most of the tourism in the area is domestic, but it may become more popular for international travelers in the future.
Huatulco is located about an hour plane ride south of Mexico City---it is just northwest of Guatemala. I don't have to worry about being cold while there----temperatures will climb into the 90s during the day, with lows in the lower 70s at night.
My race begins at 8:00AM, so the heat should not be much of a factor at race start; however, I am sure it will get hot by the time we hit T2. We will be swimming in a calm sea bay, riding eight laps on a rolling course and running four laps (not quite sure of the run terrain yet). The men begin racing at 10:45AM, so all the racing will be done by noon and we can spend the remainder of the day at the beach!
The field is quite small for a world cup with only 22 women on the start list. I am wanting to finish out the season on a strong note and looking forward to going out and racing hard and having fun. The race will be be broad casted on the web at 8:00AM CST (7:00MST) on the itu website Tricast (www.triathlon.org).
I will post race updates once I am back home.