Oakland Triathlon Festival – Sprint Run Course Preview

You practice stuff so it isn’t as ugly on the actual event.

And today was a great example of that. I drove down to Jack London Square to get a feel for the run course this morning, and felt great on mile one. And then my stomach decided to give me the middle finger.

Well, this was my version of following a map. I also got sidetracked giving Tri-Valley Triathlon Club directions.
Well, this was my version of following a map. I also got sidetracked giving Tri-Valley Triathlon Club directions.

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Oakland Triathlon Festival – Bike Preview

I like knowing what I’m getting myself into. Is that obvious yet?

Today OTC previewed the Oakland Triathlon Festival Bike Course!

We love getting up early.
We love getting up early.

Basic course overview:

  1. Don’t plan on getting up to speed until you get to the port
  2. Don’t underestimate the size or number of potholes
  3. Do expect to see a bunch of awesome Oakland locals

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Oakland Triathlon Festival – Preview to the Preview

It’s almost time – we are officially 16 days out from the Second Annual Oakland Triathlon Festival.

I have been really distracted since the Sandman. I was working on a run foundation all last week, hitting a solid two-mile loop for five days, but this week has been negligible at best. I swam hard on Sunday, and haven’t done much of anything else (active, at least) since. I have been diving deep into other exciting things, but unfortunately that precluded my race preparation.

What does this mean? This weekend: all Oakland, all the time.

Love. The. Logo.
Love. The. Logo.

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Training Recap – August 8

Today I went BONKERS.

Unfortunately, not in a good way. Right now, I’m using ‘bonk’ as a general term. Technically, I’m not sure what happened on my bike other than under-nutrition. My run was poor due to overwhelmingly strong side stitches. Just a rough day in general.

Even though they were poor workouts, nearly 10 hours apart, still gotta keep track.
Even though they were poor workouts, nearly 10 hours apart, still gotta keep track.

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Let’s talk let-down.

It’s the week before race day.
As you fall asleep each night, you’re thinking about your race. Your swim. Your sprint to transition. Your bike, your T2, and your run. Your finish.
You wake up on race day, ready to go.
And then its over.

Now what?

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Sandman Triathlon – Shark-not-O

Can’t believe it – my second race is in the books! I competed in the Santa Cruz State Lifeguard Association’s Sandman Triathlon.

Date: August 2, 2015      |      Location: Aptos, CA

Weather: Cool, overcast, 64 degrees

Race: Modified Sprint      |      Age Group: 20-24

Results: Division – 1/4; Overall – 5/40

Location Distance Pace Estimated Time Place (O’all/Div)
Swim 0.75 mile (15:00) not sure! 15:00 1/1
T1 16:00 1/1
Bike 13 mile (0:46.00) 17 mph 1:02.00 2/1
T2 1:03.00 2/1
Run 4 mile (0:40.00) 10:00 min / mile 1:43.02 5/not sure
Finish (1:43.02 min) 1:43.02 5/1
Whoa picture in the newspaper (Kevin Johnson -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Whoa picture in the newspaper (Kevin Johnson — Santa Cruz Sentinel)

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Training Recap – July 27

Taaaper. Or at least a miniature one.

Swim night! My favorite. Got to write the workout for the group – here it is:

Warm Up 
250 Swim (bilateral breathing freestyle)
200 Drill / Free by lap (odds catch-up, evens swim; still bilateral breathing)
100 Kick (choice – board, no board, stomach or back)
50 Choice (down and back to get ready for main set)
Main Set
2x through the Main Set – take a minute or two between rounds
1×300 (swam as 4×75 continuous [no breaks], build each 75 to 80/85% speed and start over)
1×200 (hold race pace [your race pace for your distance])
1×100 (sprint laps 1 and 4; easy in the middle)
200 Warm Down
(2000 total)

This can easily be adjusted to be a longer workout. The main set is currently 1200 yards. Wanna hit 3k? Go 4 times through the main set – boom, 3200 yards.

I felt great tonight, which was a relief after not feeling awesome all weekend.

Training Recap – July 25

You may choose to ignore it, but there is life in the open water.

My training buddy and I were standing at water’s edge in San Francisco’s Aquatic Park today, when not 5 yards away, a harbor seal was scouting the beach.

I know what you’re thinking – you’re in San Francisco, wouldn’t that be a sea lion? Nope, nope, nope. I promise. It was absolutely a little harbor seal’s face staring back at us from the cold water.

Look at this little face. Super cute, don't necessarily want an "Arrested Development"-esque surprise.
Look at this little face. Super cute, don’t necessarily want an “Arrested Development”-esque surprise.

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Training Recap – July 22

Long climb, quick descent.

Today was a bike day – I had to be at work at 7 am, so I missed the group ride I was hoping to join. Instead, I rode up the local grade to Grizzly Peak as a last training ride before the Sandman. Fortunately for me (and other local competitors), Tunnel has almost the same grade profile as the Sandman Triathlon.

Unfortunately this week has been super busy! But I’ve been training and attempting to mini-taper. Can’t wait for next week!

 

Sandman Preview

I went to a classic theater in Oakland a few weeks ago to watch Jaws on the big screen. Great idea for an open water swimmer.

It was 2 days after I had registered for the Sandman Triathlon in Aptos, California (August 2).

And you know what was discovered the day before that? Fifteen great white shark pups hanging out around the Cement Ship – the focal point of the Sandman swim. You hear pups, and you may think, aw, cute, babies.

THESE BABIES ARE 7-8 FEET LONG.

Don’t get me wrong – I love sharks. What a truly awesome animal. But I don’t really want to swim through a herd of baby great whites during this triathlon.

What a glorious swim course. Just hope the natives aren't too territorial.
What a glorious swim course. Just hope the natives aren’t too territorial.

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