Saturday, March 03, 2007

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

In December, TriCalifornia sent an email announcing the lottery they were going to hold for the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon and I said, "What the hell, I'll sign's not like I'll win a slot or anything." Welp, I won! I have secured a spot at this insane race and have been training my butt off, literally:) It's 92 days away and I have coached workouts going on.

Today, I went to Santa Cruz with the Silicon Valley Tri Club and it was an amazing day. We did a 1000 yard swim at Seacliff Beach and then followed it up with a trail run at Nisene Marks State Park. Then we had breakfast and headed home. It was the best training day I've had in a long time and I was glad to meet some new friends.

The swim showed me that no matter how long it's been, you never lose the feel for the ocean. I immediately warmed up - after peeing in my wetsuit! If you didn't know that little trick, you should seriously try it. Your pee is sterile and it's not gross if you don't think about it:) After about five minutes in the water, I got my groove on and swam my little heart out.

Today was a good day.


bunnygirl said...

Sounds nice. I wish I lived close enough to a lake, ocean, river or something that I could do more than just the occasional open water training.

Escape from Alcatraz, huh? You must be pretty excited!

Wylee said...

Ahhh to swim in the ocean... you are a lucky girl.

Deb said...

OMG! Keep swimmin girl!! I had the sme thign happen to run the NYC marathon. A friend from NYC invitied me..I got in -he didn't. Said he'd be waiting with a beer at The Tavern on the Green, but just wouldn't be the same (bastard!). I bailed. Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!

Kewl Nitrox said...

WOW, that is fantastic news. I have heard it is a tough race.

We don't need wetsuits in Singapore, but peeing while swimming in open waters is still pretty common. We just call it a thermocline. :)

Kay said...

I met a San Fran triathlete this weekend at SXSW here in Austin. He had a bag with the Escape From Alcatraz tri logo on it. We shared some drinks and chatted about our tri experiences. Small world!

I bet this is going to be one incredible tri. Fun times!

Brian McNitt said...

Going to SXSW 2008? Join the running group! Hope to see some other runners/triathletes there. Details at:

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