By: Pepper Daniels
Often I find motivation in location. There are enough excuses to go around when you feel like taking an extra day off or skipping a workout. However, if you live on the Central Coast, the location of your workout is rarely an excuse. As I train for Scott Tinley’s Adventures, the “local’s triathlon,” here is the first in a series of my favorite locations to train on the central coast.
One of the best places to run is the Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach. The trail head, starting just off Ontario Road, is a great place to start. It has the two most important features, parking and a restroom. But the most important thing about the location is the predictable weather. The soft, cool marine layer keeps you comfortable. Also, the nice paved trail, along the beautiful tree lined creek bed, is mostly flat. I work in my hills when I run trails. When I want to lock in a low and slow pace, this is the place.
Of course, I like to have a reward along the way. After all, training outside is one of the benefits of being a triathlete. So, as the Bob Jones Trail winds out to the Avila Beach Golf Resort, the payoff is revealed when the south facing Avila Bay opens up to the Pacific. On a recent Central Coast Triathlon Club run, at which we shot video for this blog, an unexpected thunderstorm scared away our entire group except for Patty and me. However, there were many payoffs courtesy of Mother Nature.
When you run along side of the Avila Bay towards San Luis Pier, you’ll be among active wildlife such as otters, amazing birds, and the occasional Black Lab and his owner. It’s peaceful and serene. On this day, we saw hundreds and hundreds of birds taking shelter in the cove between the coastal hills and the corner of the bay. Then at the end of the pier, the sea lions fight for real estate on their perch below your feet. Having never run all the way to the end of the pier, thanks to Patty, I never knew those sea lions lived there. Amazing.
Location, location, location. Take advantage of living in one of the world’s best locations. Have a great run.