I always used to think that my favorite races are the races where I had a super successful day racing as well. But, I’m beginning to think that’s not quite the case. I’d recommend Challenge Wanaka to anyone in a heart beat (see ya there next year!) despite the whole smushing my face into the pavement thing…..

And…..Wisconsin! If you’ve ever asked me what my favorite race is, odds are pretty good this is one I’d bring up. Then I went back and read my IM Wisconsin race report from 2010. I’ll save you the trouble and sum it up by saying it involves stopping and sitting on a curb. Needless to say, that’s never a good thing.

I’m so excited to be racing IM MOO in a few weeks (apparently for some redemption!), and even more excited to be heading out to Madison next week to get settled on the course. So, I wanted to share my top 5 favorite things about what makes Madison so great to me:

Stella’s Hot and Spicy Cheese Bread. You can find it at the Saturday Farmer’s market, which I also really enjoy. But after searching for this link I’ve just realized that I can now mail order this bread to my doorstep in Charlottesville. AMAZING things happen with the postal service, people.

-The people. I swear….people in Wisconsin are just…..nice. Honest to god they are just more kind than people anywhere else in the world! Every time a stranger has surprised me with kindness — they are from Wisconsin. You’ll be treated right when you are in town! I have a super amazing homestay that is letting me invade their home for 10 days!! And I’ve already been invited to a Labor Day cookout with my friend Erin who was there at the finish line to give me a hug when I raced in 2010….It’s like I have more friends there than at home already!!

-Packers. No, I am actually not a Packer’s fan, per say. But, I am a fan of Packer’s fans. You have to love a town that has such deeply rooted, undying loyalty for their sports teams. Go Pack Go, and I’m packing my Badger’s t-shirt!

-College town. Living in Charlottesville I’m used to the college town vibe, and, I love it. It’s young, it’s diverse (well, okay, we try), it’s intelligent, and there is always something going on! Great food at any hour, it’s all at your fingertips.

-Weather. Okay, this one is not nessarily true. They get a lot of snow and cold in the winter (which really is the negative that keeps me from living there myself!), and, summer can be quite hot. But, if I SAY in this blog how amazing and perfect the weather is for an Ironman, then, the weather will be perfect, right?! #Fingerscrossed

Hope to see many of you in Madison this year or in years to come!!

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

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