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By: Bjorn Andersson
The Wildflower triathlon is a unique race with a very challenging course which requires specific preparation for each leg. I have been coming back to this race for ten years now and I still learn something new every time. Below are a few of the things I have picked up on in how to prepare for the race.
Starting the race is of course the swim which features pretty much the only flat terrain you will encounter throughout the day. The most critical part of it is the start which is narrow, with the first turn bouy quite close after take off which can make things crowded early on. For those looking to be at the front of their start wave, and stay out of trouble early, it’s important to be able to handle 200-300 yards of hard swimming to get in a good position before the first turn, and before settling in to a more comfortable pace. What I like to do to prepare for this is using a set in training where I swim 900-1500 continously alternating 200 steady and 100 hard. This helps you get used to the tempo changes which happens after the start and all the turns. It’s a good set to use as the racing season approaches and then every once in a while during the season if not racing frequently.
As for the bike ride it’s one of the most selective courses out there since it features both tough hills and long open rolling roads. Right out on the bike you will encounter beach hill, a tough one mile climb, and while I advocate everyone to be conseravtive in the beginning of the race it’s one of those climbs where you end up working quite hard no matter what you do. In order to get used to that feeling of working hard right out of the swim it is a good idea to do a few transitions from swimming to riding in training as you are getting closer to the race. Most of the rest of the major hills on the course are from a couple of minutes or so in duration up to around 5min or more. In other words you need to be ready for a few harder efforts intensity wise between the sustained periods of flatter riding. The best way to train for this is to be as specific as possible and either ride a lot in similar terrain or find a climb and do hill repeats of similar lenght. If you live in a flat area I recommend doing some intervals on the flats in a bigger gear to simulate the lower cadence and higher muscular strain of climbing. For example 4-8*5min with 2min rest between.
Similar to the bike the run course is also quite challenging. Not only does it feature some nasty climbs but it also incorporates quite a bit of trail running. I like to do trail running frequently in my normal training anyway but it becomes extra useful here to get a feel for running on soft trails and uneven surfaces. Being able to run well up the hills here is important but maybe even more so is the ability to handle the pounding of some of the steep downhill sections on the course. Training for this can be as simple as pushing the downhills a bit more in training and make sure to incorporate more hilly routes in your run program in good time before the race.
By: Terry Davis
2010 was quite a year. From successfully completing California’s first San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz, to watching Ben Collins and Tenille Hoogland win multiple Tri-California Events, to bringing 50 Biggest Losers out to Treasure Island, we can truly say that 2010 was a year of celebration. And, as I sit down to write my first ever blog post for Exercise With Purpose, I know without a doubt that 2011, in our mind, is going to be even better.
First, we are proud of the races that we’ll offer this season, and want to make sure you are, too. At Tri-California Events, our races are designed specifically for you, the athlete.
To that end, we’ve created the Tri-California Ambassador program. Our 2011 Ambassadors will be our ‘eyes and ears’ into the triathlon community. Being an Ambassador is a small time commitment, and not only do they get free stuff, special incentives and opportunities to test gear, but they get to tell us what the community wants to see in this year’s Alcatraz event, for instance, or perhaps the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island. They get to tell us whether a special training event for women – held by a female Olympian – is of interest to the Tri-California community, or if we should hold more swim sessions leading up to Alcatraz.
We are also planning to enhance our 2011 Club Benefits program. Some of you may have filled out our 2011 triathlon club survey. It takes roughly five minutes and will only help us make Tri-California’s events even better for you this year. It’s actually pretty simple. You speak, we listen.
Second, we want to make sure that you have the resources to successfully train for and build community around each of our seven events. To assist in that mission, we have launched this blog, where you’ll find posts from Olympians and professional athletes offering training advice for the Alcatraz swim or how to modify your training for the off season. You’ll find posts from triathlon clubs on the benefits of training and competing together, articles on living life as an endurance athlete from our community partners, and posts from long-time and first-time triathletes.
Do you have something to say? You speak, we listen, and your thoughts could very well end up here. Join the conversation by emailing
We also plan to work very closely with our elite and Olympian athletes, as well as your local training clubs, to bolster our Website so that you can find even more content related to living life as an endurance athlete.
At Tri-California, our races are designed for you, the athlete. And we’re constantly thinking about how we can make your experience – on race day and beyond – even better. I hope you’ll join us in providing feedback and taking part in these special programs and races we’ll hold in 2011.
Here’s to a happy, safe and healthy holiday, and what promises to be the best race season yet.