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Why Costa Rica? Pura Vida!

September 23, 2010 05:14PM EST
Why Costa Rica? Pura Vida!

Let me repeat that, PURA VIDA. All it means is pure life, so simple. Pura Vida is the way of Costa Rica, everything is simple. Basically it’s summer and beaches all the time. I’m not a very good sales woman, in fact I’m horrible at convincing people of anything they should buy into at all, however the “teacher” in me likes to take over from time to time, and when it comes to Costa Rica I could teach you a few things.

This is what I want you to learn…

There is a little piece of paradise tucked in the heart of Central America known as Costa Rica. The Northern region is called Guanacaste and more popularly known for having active souls. This February while many parts of the world are tucked inside their warm homes avoiding the snow, ticos (the people of Costa Rica), will be out enjoying the warmth of sunshine, blue waters, white sandy beaches, and tropical views of a simple life. Think hammocks, big shade hats, bikinis, and a cool drink in hand.

I’m going to eventually get to triathlon, hang with me for another paragraph. Have you ever heard of the Blue Zones? If not, buy the book or google it. There are five places on this amazing big Earth we call home that have been given the title “Blue Zones”. The five places are special in the fact that in that particular area the people live longer, healthier lives than anywhere else in the world. It has to do with their simplicity of life, lack of stress, their diet, and their environment. The Blue Zones are: Sardinia-Italy, Okinawa-Japan, Loma Linda-California, Icaria-Greece, and drum roll please….are you ready…THE NICOYA PENINSULA OF COSTA RICA (Guanacaste is that Northern part folks). You my friends have an invitation to come explore a Blue Zone! February 19th and 20th REV3 and a small town in Costa Rica have organized a triathlon weekend (sprint, Olympic, and Half Iron distance).

I’ve been enjoying Costa Rica since 1997 and can truly speak from experience that LIFE IS PURE in Costa Rica and it is no wonder it is claimed as a Blue Zone. Okay, now for Triathlon. The swim will be in 80* water that will have you enjoying sandy beaches barefoot. The bike will wind, whip, travel, and go through and over rain forests, mountains, beaches, and little communities. The run will have you feeling as if you are a true super star as the entire little town will welcome you and cheer for you as you race your heart out in their little village neighborhood. For those of you that have been fortunate to race a REV3 event you understand the family atmosphere they provide, so yes, your family will have plenty to do race week and race day as well. And of course, a first class experience is always the case when dealing with the REV3 crew. I hope to see you in Costa Rica this February! Surf lessons after the race, okay!!

Enjoy the photos, they are from my days in Costa Rica as a surfer girl, student, and visits with my Tico family.




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A Florida surfer girl, college graduate, and a heart to travel lead Bree to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Big Island Hawaii became her new home. There she would trade in her surf board for a bike and some running shoes and dive head first into triathlon…big goal…the Hawaii Ironman! In her 3rd full season of sport Bree competed in her first Ironman. With the support of her family, community, and her super coach Paul Regensburg, Bree not only finished her first Ironman she set the 25-29 age group record in 9:47 and broke Kate Major’s overall amateur record set in 2002! In her rookie season as a pro she earned podium finishes in both Ironman (2nd IM Japan) and 70.3 ( 3rd St. Croix) events. She also claimed her 2009 Pro Kona slot with a 4th place finish at Ironman Florida. With a huge desire to become the best triathlete she can be, Bree’s future in triathlon continues to looks bright!


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