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.
By: Geoff Pasley
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.
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.