November 12th, 2014
UCLA Day 2: The IronBruin Classic

By Cameron Martino

Here it is on Monday, one day removed from Race Day. I will separate this review into four parts:

1) Logistics and Lodging
2) The Swim
3) The Bike
4) The Run

1) Logistics and Lodging:
The whole tri-team should give Dad & Haley a big thank you for putting in some serious work to make sure everyone got to UCLA and had a place to stay, as well as other fatherly duties like making sure we knew where to pick up our packets. It made the whole race easier for everyone else. I drove myself from UCSD and it took about 2 hours as I talked to myself about terrible drivers on the road. When I got to UCLA parking came pretty easily. I parked in parking lot 11, which was right next to the swim so if you’re looking for parking next year it was a pretty sweet spot. The packet pickup and registration were both very smoothly run and well organized and this trend continued for the whole race. I have to hand it to UCLA triathlon, for being in a very densely populated area they managed to hold a very organized and easy to attend race. They also did a great job marking and keeping the course clear. I didn’t use the first aid or the ambulance this time but they seemed nice as well, some of them were even cheering us on (until they were busy).

November 12th, 2014
UCLA Day 1: IronBruin. Draft legal? In November?

By Gretchen Stumhofer

As the 2014 polar vortex began to encroach on the rest of the US, the sun rose brightly over the idyllic UCLA campus. No doubt it was with great premonition that our friends at UCLA chose this beautiful and sunny November weekend to throw their annual triathlon festival! And to make this already awesome event better, a draft legal race was added to the mix. Now typically I’m not one to volunteer to race draft legal, but IronBruin is a special case. The hilly and technical bike course adds a unique twist to what you would usually expect of the draft legal format and fortunately for me, this plays in my favor. To add even more motivation to compete in the draft legal race is the opportunity to help promote triathlon as an emerging NCAA women’s sport. The UCLA team did a fantastic job of showing that such events are possible on college campuses.

October 28th, 2014
Coveskipper 2014: Not your average day at the beach

By Katie Hosch

My alarm went off at 7am on a Saturday. I sat up slightly confused since usually Saturdays are my “sleep-in” days. Then I realized: It’s the morning of Coveskipper! (an aquathlon at La Jolla Shores). Although the race didn’t actually start until 10:30, UCSD triathlon team members were assigned to certain jobs and were expected to arrive at 8 am sharp. I walked onto the beach searching for the timing team, since that is what I signed up for. I was instructed to set up the mats, then roll them up, then set them out again, then roll them up, and set them out one last time. Quite the process, huh?

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