Entries Tagged as 'Athlete Stories'
By: Pepper Daniels
Often I find motivation in location. There are enough excuses to go around when you feel like taking an extra day off or skipping a workout. However, if you live on the Central Coast, the location of your workout is rarely an excuse. As I train for Scott Tinley’s Adventures, the “local’s triathlon,” here is the first in a series of my favorite locations to train on the central coast.
One of the best places to run is the Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach. The trail head, starting just off Ontario Road, is a great place to start. It has the two most important features, parking and a restroom. But the most important thing about the location is the predictable weather. The soft, cool marine layer keeps you comfortable. Also, the nice paved trail, along the beautiful tree lined creek bed, is mostly flat. I work in my hills when I run trails. When I want to lock in a low and slow pace, this is the place.
Of course, I like to have a reward along the way. After all, training outside is one of the benefits of being a triathlete. So, as the Bob Jones Trail winds out to the Avila Beach Golf Resort, the payoff is revealed when the south facing Avila Bay opens up to the Pacific. On a recent Central Coast Triathlon Club run, at which we shot video for this blog, an unexpected thunderstorm scared away our entire group except for Patty and me. However, there were many payoffs courtesy of Mother Nature.
When you run along side of the Avila Bay towards San Luis Pier, you’ll be among active wildlife such as otters, amazing birds, and the occasional Black Lab and his owner. It’s peaceful and serene. On this day, we saw hundreds and hundreds of birds taking shelter in the cove between the coastal hills and the corner of the bay. Then at the end of the pier, the sea lions fight for real estate on their perch below your feet. Having never run all the way to the end of the pier, thanks to Patty, I never knew those sea lions lived there. Amazing.
Location, location, location. Take advantage of living in one of the world’s best locations. Have a great run.
By: Julia Duenes Stewart
For nearly eight years I have wrestled with many physical infirmities. My physical hardships have included a car accident, multiple ankle sprains, a herniated disk in my lower back during pregnancy and two surgeries.
At my lowest point, I was in extreme pain during most of my waking moments and unable to walk unassisted. I spent many months in bed. And the herniated disk in my back could not be treated because of my pregnancy. After my beautiful daughter was born I needed physical therapy just to relearn the basics for most people's lives; how to drive, sit, walk, climb stairs. My ability to do daily tasks again did not eliminate the pain I felt but did allow me to function.
I still experience some amount of pain everyday and continue to rehabilitate my back through physical therapy. But I have gone beyond many of the basics, am further improving and am seeking the healthier lifestyle I once lived.
My physical therapist recommended I set a goal for myself that would enable us to measure my progress. I mentioned that prior to the start of my many physical ills I had considered and even begun training for a sprint triathlon. He suggested I work toward this end.
I have spent many months struggling to build up my muscles, endurance and flexibility. Even if I finished last, I felt determined to finish and hoped I would be able. It won't mean my recovery is complete, I still have a long road ahead. But finishing will stand as a milestone in my rehabilitation reminding me that I am on the path to becoming a whole, healthy and active human being once again. No pressure!
I am proud to say that I successfully completed my first triathlon at Pacific Grove, and will continue to grow in my recovery.
By: Jason Walter
The Triathlon at Pacific Grove has been one of my favorite races since I first competed there in 1998. In 2000, I had one of my best races ever finishing 5th overall with a sprint finish that was captured by the race photographer (attached). In the background of the picture is my family cheering: my mom, dad, sister, and both of my grandmas (who have since passed). My Grandma Walter lived in Carmel since 1963 and passed away in May this year. Last weekend we spread her ashes at sea in Carmel. This year's Triathlon at PG will be my 59th triathlon and I would like to dedicate it to my loving and supportive family.
By: Maria Thomas
Every year since, we have both competed together in Pacific Grove. Having this one triathlon to do together each year has been so nice and I realize now that it was our way of communicating during my daughter's high school years. We would go to the pool and have talks in the car on the way there and back. We would run together and she was my best inspiration on our runs. We have supported each other when we were tired. It's funny I can hear my daughter saying "You're doing so good mom" while running, and realized when we finished I didn't have that great of a time, but with her by my side, I felt that I was doing so wonderful.
My daughter is heading off to college this September, but we are still planning on competing together at the Olympic distance this year at Pacific Grove. It will be our fourth year competing together. I will never forget all those years we had swimming, biking and running together.
I have attached a picture of my daughter and I running at our first triathlon in Pacific Grove. I still had one lap of the run to go, but my daughter was finishing. My husband (her Dad) was lucky to get a picture of us running together right near the finish line. Thank you for asking for our stories. I would have never remembered all the great times we had together.