From New York, to Chicago, to ALCATRAZ!

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By: Jocelyn Grier

It may have been a moment of mental lapse that compelled me to sign up for the SF tri at Alcatraz. ;o)

I have been to SF a couple of times over the past 10 years and fell in love with the area.  When I was on the web earlier this year looking for a challenging and interesting tri, I came across SF tri at Alcatraz.  I thought what a perfect match…one of my favorite cities coupled with one of my newest passions. I caught the tri fever two years ago after competing in my first tri in NYC. I was lucky enough to race alongside Natalie Morales and Hoda Kobe from the Today show in 9/09, compete in the world’s largest triathlon in Chicago 8/10, and finish my second NYC Tri this past weekend.

I can honestly say that swimming from Alcatraz has not been a lifelong goal for me…in fact as I type this email my stomach is doing flip-flops just thinking about it.  I was lucky enough to meet a couple of people this past weekend, (during the NYC tri), who have competed in past tri-California organized races that involve swimming in the bay.  They assured me it is not as bad as I think it will be, and they helped to put some of my fears to rest, (although I am still worried about the water temperature).


I think the experience is going to be awesome, and in spite of the paragraph above, I am so looking forward to competing on the 21st.  My family will be traveling with me and will be cheering me on as I race.  We plan to enjoy the city and surrounding areas the week following the tri.  I am looking forward to my second visit to Alcatraz and riding safely on the ferry, (all the way there and all the way back).

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