Training Recap – July 10

Terrible Bay Area traffic can actually work in your favor. Sometimes.

Today I was able to work from home rather than fight traffic. It also provided me the opportunity to get a workout in during lunch and after work.

Soon! Soon this will connect to Treasure Island.
No, seriously. You can practice your 10m platform (more like 50m) if you climb over the yellow fence.

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The Call of the Open Water

Oh my gawd it’s frisson* out here!

*Frisson – A moment of intense excitement; a shudder (don’t worry, I had to look it up)

How do you feel about open water swimming? It seems like it’s a really divisive topic – people hate it, people love it, people hate-love it…  Regardless of your feelings, “frisson” definitely captures the feeling of the open water.

My first open water experiences were brief, poorly planned excursions with my swim team in Santa Cruz. Hanging out on the beach, a coach would suggest we swim out to the buoy and back. I hated it. So cold! So scary! So not-what-I-wanted-to-be-doing-on-my-day-off!

This is about as close as I'll get without wearing a wetsuit.
This is about as close as I’ll get without wearing a wetsuit.

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Is this in the plan?

I’ve been on a training plan written by Coach Raeleigh Harris for the Oakland Triathlon Club. We’re training for the Oakland Triathlon at the end of August. Her plan is fantastic, but jeez it’s kicking my butt.

If I could train full time, I’d have a great time with the plan, but unfortunately I do have to pay for things (like more triathlons), so I have to work. I often have to readjust which activity I’m doing and when, but that seems to be the glory of triathlon. Can’t make it to the pool? Then run! Don’t feel like running today? Get on the bike! Can’t handle the hills today? Cruise somewhere flat!

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Escape from Alcatraz – here, let me help you

Escape from Alcatraz is one of the most iconic triathlon races in the U.S. and definitely is a bucket-list event for many people. I had the opportunity to volunteer at the swim exit with Oakland Triathlon Club for the 2015 race.

Date: June 7, 2015      |      Location: San Francisco, CA

Weather: Cool, overcast, 50-60 degrees

Volunteer Location – Swim Exit / Beach Steps

I know what you’re thinking: “What could have motivated you to wake up so early on a Sunday when you aren’t competing?” Well, quite a few things, actually.

See those feet? Ya, you know the ones. Don't enter the water like that.
See those feet? Ya, you know the ones. Don’t enter the water like that.

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Monte Rio – Vacation Wonderland

First race! I competed in the Rodney Strong Vineman Monte Rio Sprint Triathlon.

Date: May 31, 2015      |      Location: Monte Rio, CA

Weather: Cool, overcast, 60 or so degrees

Race: Sprint      |      Age Group: 20-24

Results: Division – 2/5; Overall – 70

Location Distance Pace Chip Time Place (O’all/Div)
Swim 750 m (0:10:38) 1:26/100 m 10:38 7/1
T1 (5:06 min) 15:44 65/3
Bike 20 km (0:42:58 min) 17.3 mph 58:41 71/1
T2 (1:48 min) 1:00:29 61/3
Run 5 km (0:31:37) 10:12 min/mile 1:32:05 138/4
Finish (1:32:05 min) 1:32:05 70/2
Monte Rio
Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

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