Facing the Challenge

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Alcatraz is tough but, with the right approach, it’s conquerable!

Well done for getting this far, you have logged the miles on the road and in the pool; be proud. By now you will likely be in your tapering phase. Put your feet up, relax, and let your muscles repair and replenish in anticipation for the Orca Alcatraz Challenge.

If you begin to feel ‘itchy feet’, desperately wanting to run or swim, then you are in good company. Tapering can be a real pain but stick in there, come race day you will be pleased that you did.

With the event just days away, you have already put in the training hours and now have the opportunity to train mentally.

On race morning don’t be worried if you struggle to sleep the night before. Your mind will probably be playing through every possible scenario of the next day, if you have everything ready and packed, if you are going to sleep past your alarm, or how you are going to finish in your age group. To ease some of those nerves, here is a quick checklist:

  • Wetsuit ALCH
  • Lubrication
  • Goggles
  • Swim cap
  • Trisuit
  • Socks
  • Running
  • Shoes
  • Energy
  • Number Belt
  • Running Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Make sure that you fuel yourself with a hearty breakfast, before you head out of the door. Check in and collect your race pack EARLY at the East Beach of Crissy Field, lay out your transition, attach your timing chip, get your body marked up, check out the venue so you are familiar where to run after getting out of those cold waters to the transitions area and most importantly, be on your designated shuttle bus for the ferry.

Once you load the ferry, stay confident and relax. Maybe make a couple swim friends to swim next to, enjoy the view, stretch a little and have fun.

As you pull your goggles down over your eyes, remember, stay calm; you have trained for this; you can do this; and go!


Photo Courtesy: Rocky Arroyo

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