Showing posts from June, 2011

SFR Pt. Reyes Populaire 115k

S:1 B: 113.6

This was just a fun weekend!

Did nothing except work all week, then had an epic bike ride to Point Reyes with the SF Randonneurs on a beautiful day. It's been so long since I was able to take a long ride, and couldn't have asked for a better occasion. Also riding with a friend made it even better. Ernesto knows all about the nice long rides. It's really sad that I was last seen on this route in 2009 (same bike) while training for Cinderella, and didn't even get as far as SPT. I'm hoping I can sneak in a few more of these long rides this summer!

On Sunday before the swim, was helping WWS with swim support on the Golden Gate Triathlon. I've done the event a couple times so it was cool to be in the kayak's POV this time. They did great! The sun's glare made it difficult for them to see the buoys, and they swam against the flood current at times, but this is what makes open water swimming unique and challenging.

Now to begin another 8 week cycl…

Sacramento International Triathlon

Inaugural Sacramento International Triathlon
Swim .93 miles (1.5k) – Bike 24.8 miles (40k) – Run 6.2 miles (10k)

This race was a lot of fun, especially since we made a weekend out of it with camping by the lake with friends. Who would have ever thought that an area surrounding a former nuclear power station would make a beautiful park full of birds and fish and triathletes.

I got there the day before the race to acclimate and run the course. It was hot! Which was great because my friends could pretend they were at Burning Man. The area is a wide open grasslands with sparse trees. I met Mark of TBF Racing and he told me where the trail was. The singletrack trail by the lake is fun to run on, preferably at dawn or dusk when it's cooler. The days were spent lazing in the sun, walking around in a daze and jumping in the lake often. The swimming part of the beach is small, shallow and crowded on weekends. Best to be there on the weekdays. The night is cool and you can sleep outside. I nev…

Week 6 - Alcatraz #4

S:2 B:87 R:7.7

Good mileage week (almost 100 miles), and swam Alcatraz to Aquatic Park this weekend. We jumped at slack tide so the currents were changing. There was a little chop but was very manageable and the water was very comfortable. I was swimming with first timers, but then lost sight of them in the swells. Would only see them sporadically. It was a pleasant swim, and I could focus on just swimming and sighting. In case of ebb, would have sighted on Jeremiah O Brien (the gray battleship), but it felt like it was flooding, so we were told to go for Fontana towers, then shifted to the Eureka (white ferry, or middle of the breakwall) then as I got close to the wall realized I was in a fast current, so sighted on Coit Tower and swam hard. Made to the opening in 35 minutes, and reached shore 7 minutes later. The other swimmers were already on shore with big smiles on their faces waiting for the others. These swims are a lot of fun. I have been on the boat several times for these cr…

Week 5 - Escape From Alcatraz

S:2.54 B:49 R:4.25

Did less than half of my training but had an epic week of ESCAPE mania with Water World Swim!

We cruised around on Joel's boat and repositioned swimmers that got carried off by the currents. Coach Edna was on the radio in contact with Coach Pedro and the captains and directing the boat to the needed locations. Coach George and Jake were on the kayak captains team, and it worked with the precision of a clock. If a swimmer needed aid, the kayak would get near them and had them hold on. Then they would put their paddles up to give the sign for rescue. A rescue boat would pick them up to escort them to medical. For repositions, Coach Joseph pulled them out and checked on them, many had problems with hyperventilation. Some were disoriented. I noticed many didn't wear layered or thermal swim caps. As they were on the boat we would talk to them to see their status and direct them where to swim. If they were alright we put them back in the water upstream of the beach.…