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.
During the intervening years, the Alcatraz Challenge Triathlon has spawned any number of other Alcatraz triathlons and swims. And even the Challenge itself has evolved, dropping the bike segment and becoming the Aquathlon that it is today: a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz followed by an out/back run along the Presidio and across the Golden Gate Bridge..
The most recent race in the Tri-Cal repertoire took place in and around the San Francisco Bay last Sunday morning. While the rest of the city’s residents were quietly snoozing away in their warm beds, about 400 bleary-eyed athletes gathered at Pier 3 to partake in the 3rd Annual Orca Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon & Swim.
My contact with the world of endurance sports began 5 years ago, as a volunteer at Wildflower, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for other volunteers. I did that for several years, then decided to get more involved with Tri-California by working Aid Stations at the Inaugural San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz.
OK all you Alcatraz Challengers. We’re coming down to the wire for the Memorial Day Alcatraz Challenge Swim. The weather report calls for a beautifully sunn weekend with air temperatures in the mid-60’s on Monday. The currents on race day will be moderate so you can rest assured you’ll end up at the finish line.