Stephanie Brealey is a member of the District Multisport Team who recently participated in the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica
I don't believe I have ever written a a proper race report - so bear with me. Usually my "reports" consist of a bunch of notes on how things went (the good, the bad, and the ugly) so that Coach may have extra info for the next race.
A year+ ago when Ironman announced that they were going to have an event in Costa Rica, I immediately knew I would be adding the race to my schedule. When registration came, I was on it immediately - even tweeting at Ironman since the link they had activated was not working. The thought of being able to race home with my family and friends was exhilarating.
Race was scheduled for the 18th of June, so as anyone would, I told my boss that I would be working from Costa Rica (even if he didn't approve it) and would be going home for a total of about 3.5 weeks (I have a great job). Since we had a mild winter and a cooler spring it was important for me to head out there and try and workout in higher temps.
On the Thursday before the race I drove 3.5 hrs to Coco Beach (Pacific coast) where the race would take place. Coco beach is a well developed beach town that has everything one needs. I decided to stay in a hotel right on the main road - not the prettiest, but perfect location.
[If you decide that this race is for you - you may arrive at Liberia airport which is a 20 minute drive to Coco].
If you know anything about Costa Rica you would know that June falls in the rainy season. This means that it will rain every single day, that temps are on the higher end and that it will be humid. In addition to this, this year there was some sort of storm coming from Colombia that made it an even wetter month, specially in the coast.