Reflection: Surviving the Swim

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I’ve wanted to complete a triathlon for a long time now.  I was actually training for one back when I lived in Boston, but we moved out to Berkeley about a month before the race date.  Training fell by the wayside with adjustments to a new job, apartment, and city.  Running is just easier than biking or swimming from a logistics perspective.  Put on your shoes, and run out your front door without any real worries about routes or flat tires or finding a pool or what time lap swim happens to be. Completing a triathlon has been a goal … Continue reading

Race Recap: 2012 Mermaid Series Alameda Sprint Triathlon

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I finished my first triathlon!  I didn’t drown in the Bay.  I didn’t freak out in the middle of the swim and have to be rescued.  I swam 400yds, biked 12 miles, and ran 2.5 miles, all successfully, and I did it in just over 90 minutes.  That’s the short summary, what follows is an (excessively) detailed account of my race. I had packed everything the night before, so I woke up at 4:30 AM to have a cup of coffee and eat some oatmeal with banana and almond butter.  I did a final obsessive check of everything I had … Continue reading

So I’m Doing a Triathlon Tomorrow…

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So I’m competing in my first triathlon tomorrow, and I’ve kept the whole thing kind of quiet here on the blog.  At first, I was afraid I’d chicken out or get injured.  Then writing about it made me just a little extra nervous.  But now, I wish I ‘d written about the training.  I’ve been searching around looking for other people’s first time accounts, and there just aren’t enough beginner triathlon stories out there.  So here are some brief thoughts on this training cycle, and also a few things I’m totally freaked out about before the race. At first, I … Continue reading

Race Recap: San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island (Olympic Relay)

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This past weekend I ran the 10k portion of an Olympic triathlon out at Treasure Island.  A friend from work did the swim/bike portion, and I ran.  Doing the relay was great because I got to be both spectator and participant.  This was the first triathlon I’ve ever been to (though I’ve read so many other people’s recaps, I feel like I’ve been to one!).  I loved the transition area because you can keep your warm clothes on until the last minute, then ditch them in the transition area right before taking off.   I think triathlon has this one over … Continue reading