During the week leading up to the 1994 Hawaiian Ironman, I scheduled a
meeting of prominent race directors who were in Kona. We met in a hotel
conference room and discussed the idea of combining mountain biking and
trail running near a mountain lake. Some of the problems facing future
growth of the sport at the time, included drafting, road closures,
traffic, and un-exciting courses. An off-road triathlon, a few of us
argued, would address all of those.
There was interest by the race directors but none of them had
experience in the alpine sports. And they wanted a lot of seed money.
Folks, I suggested, we can’t wait for the mythical 7-figure sponsor.
Let’s find a local mud hole, a bike path, and see how this goes.
Alcatraz is tough but, with the right approach, it’s conquerable!
Well done for getting this far, you have logged the miles on the road
and in the pool; be proud. By now you will likely be in your tapering
phase. Put your feet up, relax, and let your muscles repair and
replenish in anticipation for the Orca Alcatraz Challenge.
If you begin to feel ‘itchy feet’, desperately wanting to run or
swim, then you are in good company. Tapering can be a real pain but
stick in there, come race day you will be pleased that you did.
With the event just days away, you have already put in the training hours and now have the opportunity to train mentally.
By Patrick Roush, Team RWB Monterey Bay
I have loved the outdoors since childhood. Boy Scouts introduced me to many outdoor adventure sports, and helped prepare me for military service, for which I knew I was destined. In 2010, after nearly two years of training, I led an Infantry Platoon of the renowned “No Slack” Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, in combat in eastern Afghanistan. It was a very physically, mentally, and emotionally difficult deployment. An example of my unit’s experience was even captured in the documentary film “The Hornet’s Nest”.
10. Hills, glorious hills. Whether on the bike or on
the run, there are hills everywhere to challenge even the fittest of
athletes. Are you looking for a leg burner? Cuesta Grade has a 1000ft elevation climb over 3 miles. High Mountain Road
has an 11% grade for a quarter mile that will have your heart coming
out of your chest. If you’re planning to run in either the San Luis
Obispo Marathon or the SLO Triathlon, make sure to train on Johnson St. hill, a half-mile 4.4% grade.
9. Go Off-Road. Take a break from training on asphalt and enjoy the many trails around SLO. From Johnson Ranch and Irish Hills to Shooters and Poly Canyon, there’s something for everyone. Would you like a hill-trail challenge? Test your fitness by running the Madonna Mountain, Rock Garden Trail in less than 11 min.
By: Kelvin Brillante, Tri-California Ambassador
Wildflower Triathlon long course is in the books. As always it was a
bitter sweet weekend. The weekend was filled with fantastic camaraderie,
a lot of food, and a huge expo that included free massages and
chiropractic care! In regards to the chiropractic care, I have to give a
big thanks to Monica who did a super awesome job on readjusting my hips
and back and taping up my shoulder the day before the race! Away from
the expo, camping was a thrill with my Bangarang Runners and Fil Am Tri
team. I believe that our campsite was just one of the loudest campsites
out there that weekend (sorry to the teams who were nearby). Many
stories, jokes, smiles, laughs, and of course race nerves were shared
among the group. I miss it already and definitely am looking forward to
next years Wildflower! Anyways, onto the race stuff. Going into this
race I had really high expectations of myself; I mean really high!
Unfortunately, my personal expectations were not met but at least I
earned a personal record. Even though I did not reach my original goal, I
crossed that finish line pretty stoked out and am very happy with my
finishing time considering how the day went. So lets start off with the
swim, run, bike and run.