This is Adventure Grrl, back to report about a truly insane event that happens on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe every year. On October 2, my brother, Greg, completed the Nissan Xterra USA Championship triathlon. The course, which is considered the toughest and most scenic in the Nissan Xterra Championship Series, combined a 1 mile swim in Lake Tahoe (which was 60 degrees and had white caps the day of the race), a 22 mile mountain bike ride that clumbed 2,500 feet in the Sierras, and a 6.2 mile run.
Greg said that something like 50 swimmers were pulled out of the water that day because the water was so rough.
It was a windy, cloudy, and rainy day up at the lake. Luckily, my brother didn’t have to be pulled out of the water. Instead, he went on to a strong finish, despite having a cold and a touch of the stomach flu (hence, he didn’t eat anything the morning of the race).
Wow. Pure insanity, but the man is a machine. Any person that can complete this race is a machine! I mean, regular triathlons are tough, but this one adds in extreme mountain biking and trail running. I’m amazed.
Pics of my bro below… What’s next, Greg? The Ironman?!
This portion of the bike was so steep that it was mandatory to walk your bike.
And here he is running across the finish line, with his 4 year old son cheering him on!