Lots of triathletes would agree that the start of a swim in a triathlon race can be the most daunting part for a lot of athletes, and can often be the cause of the most pre race nerves! The aim of this workout is designed to help you become more comfortable with what you are going to have to deal with in a triathlon race start, so that you are more confident heading into a race about how to handle things when the gun goes off! The best place to do this sort of workout is in the open water with a group of athletes, to best simulate what a real race start will be like. Practice getting close to each other, and get comfortable with having to get a bit ‘rough’ with the swimmers next to you – without things getting too aggressive!
If you're looking for some tunes for those last few weeks of
Wildflower training, check out this playlist. Also, it's best if you get
some Jaybird bluebuds to use for wireless listening of course! Here's a
quick description of the songs. Let me know what you think or any other
song ideas you have!
Carry On Phenomenon by Kishi Bashi - My current go to song. LOVE this
band, and their new album is insane. Worth a listen to the whole thing.
2. Go Do by Jonsi - This Jonsi album is
insane as well. This song got popular through a car commercial and is
absolutely catchy for exercising, but check out the whole album also.
3. Instant Crush by Daft Punk - This song
came out right around the time Jude was born, and I remember thinking
"instant crush" when I met him.
I first competed in Wildflower in 2006 when I was 14 years old. It was my first
Olympic distance triathlon, fueled by my training as a competitive swimmer. I guess you
could say I had a good coach to give me the details on the course. He was the original
Wildflower champion and repeat champion in 1986. Oh, and he is also my dad.
Now this year I will compete along with my UC Berkeley triathlon teammates and
some of the best collegiate triathlon teams in the country. Wildflower is so unique; it’s not
just a race, it is a festival. The weekend has been a large part of UC Berkeley triathlon’s race
season for numerous years. Some of us will race long course, and some will race short
course. But the thing we enjoy most is truly experiencing what the sport of triathlon is all
about. As a 14-year-old kid at my first Wildflower triathlon, I can remember looking up at
my dad and telling him something I noticed, “Everyone seems so happy here.” The
atmosphere of triathlon is so special; everyone is truly there because they want to be. The
same cannot be said for most other sports, and Wildflower embodies this ideal greatly.
My friend introduced Wildflower to me in 1991 and it was my first
triathlon. Back then you could drive up Friday night and grab a campsite
with no reservations or prepay and could park down by the starting
point in the morning. I coughed up a bug from earlier in the race and I
was hooked! I raced, I finished, I was pooped.
This year is my 20th race and was paid for by Terry Davis (Race
Director), thanks Terry. It was always a goal of mine to get to 20.
Many triathletes have seen stand up paddle boards during a race- either
from the friendly lifeguard to ensure that we correct the direction
we’re going, or used the board as assistance to take a breather. The
stand-up paddle board is gaining increased popularity for many as a way
of supporting their loved one in the water, or as well as a great way of
cross-training and getting out to be on top of the water, instead of in
Open water swimming is enjoyed by many, but it is always best to use the
buddy system for support just to be safe. A willing swimmer is not
always available, but to find someone who might want to enjoy some time
in the sun out on top of the water, as well as get a nice workout in the
meantime is usually easier!