I have had a paralyzing fear of water my whole life. If it was bigger
than a bathtub I wouldn't go in it. I even had trouble watching
underwater scenes in movies and seeing the big tanks in aquariums. That
fear impacted my life. I started to run five years ago when I realized
that as I was getting older and wiser, I was also getting wider. I
actually enjoyed running and asked a friend of mind who was a triathlon
coach to work with me and help my improve my form so my back wouldn't
hurt as much. As one of his athletes, I had to meet the other coach in
his business so they could best determine who was better suited to help
me reach my goals.
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”.
The Triathlon at Pacific Grove is a race in the quaintest place. This is a race and a place to be excited about! Betsy Davis, co-owner of Tri-California Events, calls Pacific Grove home. She let us in on some of her favorites, in hopes that you find a favorite too...
Our Annual PG Swim Clinic is held at Lover's Point Park in Pacific Grove. The clinic gives athletes a chance to swim in the kelp, get a feel for the water temperature, and familiarize themselves with the swim course for the Triathlon at Pacific Grove. Thanks to pro triathlete and USAT Certified Coach Alexis Smith for leading the clinic.
Whenever I talk to my triathlete friends about the Pacific Grove Triathlon one word dominates the conversation: KELP! It's fair to say there's a little bit of it at the cove by Lovers Point where the swim leg of the race goes down. I mean the local swim crew is named the Kelp Krawlers, if that's any indication of the vegetation situation. Despite just being a big green plant that largely minds its own business, a lot of swimmers are intimidated by the kelp. Here's the good news kelp isn't going to hurt you.