Season Opener 2017: Half Moon Bay Sprint

USAP’s Half Moon Bay triathlons are a great season opener. Dust off the cobwebs, get out the creaks and cracks, and remind your body how to move fast.

For me, HMB was my first race after the first off-season filled with consistent training in my life. I started working with Mitchell Reiss and ETPA last fall and pushed to relearn how to run over the winter. By April, I wasn’t expecting miracles but I also wasn’t quite sure how to set a goal for the race – especially when it came to my weakest leg, the run.

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Awesome team and race family.

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Challenge and Chill – Sandman 2016

If you want to be transported to the roots of triathlon, this is the race for you. I love this race – low key, competitive, and super fun. I’m so glad I raced it last year and I’m thrilled I was able to race it again this year.

The Sandman is no joke. You start with 0.75 miles around the cement ship in Aptos, a 13 mile ride through the hills, and a 4 mile beach run on the sand. I love the location and I love the challenge.

Last year this was my second race – ever. I had a blast. I also had a pretty decent race! This year was still a challenge, and I had a slightly tougher day, but I’m happy enough with my performance.

Start of the day: all alone.
Start of the day: all alone, all quiet.

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Oakland Tri 2016!

Here we are! A year after what I had originally planned as my first triathlon. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned since that decision!

Lessons learned like, minimizing the crap you bring to a race. Essentials: Bike, Helmet, Bike Shoes and Running Shoes. Everything else you can make do without.
Lessons learned like, minimizing the crap you bring to a race. Essentials: Bike, Helmet, Bike Shoes and Running Shoes. Everything else you can make do without.

First off: huge thank you to Topo Athletic, the incredible team behind the shoes that have taught me that running isn’t the WORST and that it is actually kind of fun and the team that has supported me since I met them at the Oakland Triathlon last year. What a wonderful group of people!

Secondly: thank you to my mom who has supported me at every race she can attend and all throughout youth sports, and my sister who attended her first triathlon – slightly reluctantly, but she was lured by the presence of PokemonGo in Jack London Square.

Thirdly: thank you to the fabulous members of Oakland Triathlon who allowed me to bounce questions and ideas off them (Chris, Karolina and Rachel), practiced shoe exchanges in Oakland parking lots (Lydia), and kept me training hard (Chavon).

And last but not least: thank you to USA Productions race organizers, volunteers, and spectators!

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Half Moon Bay Tri – Welcome to 2016

Fortunately, not a comedy of errors.

I signed up for this race with an ulterior motive. I didn’t want to feel pressured to go out and party on my birthday, so I signed up to race the day after I turned 25! I couldn’t have asked for better weather, better support and teammates, or a better birthday.

Date: April 17, 2016   |   Location: Half Moon Bay, CA

Weather: Sunny, clear skies. Started around 55 degrees and warmed up to 70

Race: Sprint   |    Age Group: 25-29

Results: Division – 2/20; Overall – 45; Women – 5

Location Distance Pace Chip Time Place (W/Div)
Swim 0.3 miles + 0.3 mile run to transition (0:11:38) 0:00/100 yds  didn’t GPS it, so I’m not sure 11:38 3/2** (first out of the water, 3rd to transition)
T1 (2:17 min) 13:55  6/2
Bike 11.9 mi (0:36:42 min) 18 mph 0:50:37 15/3
T2 (1:42 min) 0:53:19  6/2
Run 3.1 mi (0:26:31)* 8:34 min/mile* (this was a little off) 1:18:53 27/9
Finish (1:18:53 min) 1:18:53 5/2
This was our gorgeous backdrop.
This was our gorgeous backdrop.

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