Cross one off the bucket list, I’ve completed my first triathlon! I’ve always considered tackling the challenge of a triathlon, but never actually envisioned myself following through on it. It has always just been an idea, but this past weekend my idea became reality.
The Triathlon at Pacific Grove is an event that Tri California holds near Monterey in early September. It is a gorgeous course that starts you at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove where you begin your swim. The bike portion takes you down Sunset Drive where you can stare at the Pacific ocean the entire time (although not recommended when passing opponents ). Then the run takes you down Ocean View Blvd just north of Cannery Row. Here is a map of the course (courtesy of Tri California Events):
It was so spectacular that I spent the next morning retracing the course and taking pictures of it, you can view them here.
This section of this particular race has to be the most unique. They describe it on their website as the “kelp crawl”, and now that I’ve done the race I know why. I trained in La Jolla Cove so I’m no stranger to kelp, but this was a completely different experience. There were times during the swim that the kelp was so thick that I felt like I was making no progress at all, I literally had to crawl through it. Very unique to say the least.
By far the most visually appealing section of the course. I got to Monterey very late the evening before the event so I had no idea what the city even looked like. As I started out on the bike portion of the course I couldn’t help but to say out loud “wow, this is magnificent”. And as an added bonus, Tri California had the road blocked off to vehicles so the bikes had the gorgeous view all to ourselves.
This section was the most difficult for me. I think it was basically due to the fact that my body was shutting down from the 2+ hours of exercise that I’d just done. The majority of the track was flat, except for one dirty hill that they decided to throw in, but for the most part the run was fairly easy.
Why do a Triathlon?
I love a challenge, and I saw a triathlon as a complete physical challenge. You work every aspect of your body, and believe me I can attest to that just by the way I felt the day after I finished.
Why choose this Triathlon?
There were a couple of reasons I picked Pacific Grove. First and foremost was location; I’ve never been to Monterey and I constantly hear how beautiful it is. I have been looking for an excuse to go visit and I found one.
Secondly, for the past 2 years I’ve been doing the Alcatraz Aquathlon event that Tri California organizes. I’ve been very impressed with the way they conduct their events. They always have great announcers and staff that help during the event. So when I was looking for a Triathlon to compete in, I just looked at their site and found this one. In my opinion the best features of their races are their time results, you can view your race time immediately after you’re done and see how you stack up against your competitors, and on course photos and video, so after you’re done you can see the agony in your face.
How did you train?
My training began back in May and it wasn’t originally for this Triathlon. I was training for the Alcatraz Aquathlon event (Swim and Run) that was in July. After I escaped Alcatraz I looked for something else competitive that peaked my interest and signed up for this. To be honest I wasn’t as focused on my training as I should have been. I didn’t have a road bike or helmet until 2 weeks before the race began, so I did nearly all of my training on my old mountain bike.
Keep in mind this was my first triathlon:
How I stacked up to the rest of the field:
|Male 25-29 Group Rank||33/41|