Tips to a Better Steelhead Weekend!

Tips to a Better Steelhead Weekend!

The roads are marked, the course is set, Steelhead 70.3 Triathlon is less than a week away!

If you are still looking for training tips for Steelhead, then you are in trouble.  With less than a week away for the big race on the " other side of the lake," athletes are tapering and getting ready for their trip to St. Joe., Michigan.

We have put together a few tips that will help you with everything else you need to know about Steelhead and St. Joe, Michigan.

Be aware of construction.

1. Traffic-To avoid traffic, continue past Exit 27 (the usual exit for St. Joe/Benton harbor) and head towards Highway 96 (towards Grand Rapids) and then take Exit #4- Coloma Road.  This is the "backdoor" to St. Joe.  At the bottom of the exit take a right, Coloma Road dead ends into Blue Star Highway, take a left, 5 miles down is Jean Klock Park on the right.  This way you are avoiding several lights, plenty of traffic and you get to make a right into the park, instead of a left.

Pie is recovery food!

2.  Pie!  Maybe not before the race, but after, as you're heading out of town, stop at Bobs Barn 4858 Coloma Road.
The best pie in the Midwest!

Quite possibly the best pie I have ever had, Apple, Blueberry, Lemon Crumble, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb, they have it all, homemade and yummy.
Ken and Lyn, have been running this little red barn for decades and greet every customer with a smile, story and a selection of pies that will amaze.  Make sure to call in your order (269)849-2247
and they will have it waiting hot and ready. It's a little slice of heaven that will be the perfect reward for a race completed.

3.Supplies- Martins Grocery Store- Think Western Michigan's version of Dominicks- 2121 Cleveland Street .  If you forgot something, and you will, they have everything you need.  Gatorade, Powerbars, fruit, sun block, and a great assortment of local wine, next to Papa Vino's (carb loading) Martin's is your local anchor for supplies.

4. Kilwins Ice Cream and Fudge- Yes, we have them locally, but nothing tastes better than walking along the quaint streets of St. Joe and eating ice cream.  If you have fans coming to support you, but them a "thank you cone," for putting up with you. If your fans stayed home, bring them back some home made fudge.  All will be forgiven.

5. Paddle Boarding-When you are done, there is no need to "race home," traffic is going to be crazy anyway, so head over to the latest and greatest addition to St. Joe, the Third Coast Surf Shop, rent a paddle board, take it to the beach and enjoy the day.  Third Coast is an island of  groovy unto itself. Walking in makes you feel more chilled out, there are boards of every kind, from boogie to paddle and a very cool/knowledgeable staff to help you out. If you are racing, there is no better way to celebrate the end of the day than on a paddle board as the sun sets over the lake.  If you are watching, it's a great way to enjoy the beach while you wait for your athlete to finish.  For everyone else, it's just plain great.  Ask for Jonas the manager, tell him I sent you and enjoy!

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