October 1st, 2014

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Season

Hi there!

My name is Dan Gonzalez and I am the president of the UC San Diego Triathlon Team for the 2014-2015 season. I’m very excited about the upcoming season. Each year is filled with excitement and I can’t wait to see what kinds of adventures will come our way! Our team is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students of all levels of ability. No previous experience is required!

 

Here are some important dates coming up:

Friday, October 3rd

  • Several of our team members will be at our table on Library Walk. If you have any interest in our team you should definitely stop by and check it out.

Thursday, October 9th

  • 7pm, in the Green Room at RIMAC
  • Informational meeting going over a brief overview of our team and how things work

Monday, October 13th

 

Oh! And if you want to join make sure you fill out your SCOMS! (They’re medical forms to make sure you stay safe) https://scoms.ucsd.edu/

 

I know triathlons might seem a little scary at first, but I guarantee that with the support of this team, they can be conquered. We all have a triathlete inside of us, and UC San Diego Triathlon is the best place to find it!

Take care, and have fun!

Dan

May 7th, 2014

Wildflower 2014 Long Course

Redemption by Bryce Zaffarano

Last year at this time I was explaining to those who asked that two bags of saline (an intravenous solution given to combat dehydration) was not that big of a deal. And the fact that I was given smelling salts between the bags was also a relatively minor, even routine, occurrence after half ironman distance races. Read more »

May 7th, 2014

Wildflower 2014 – Olympic

"Have you seen America's Next Top Model?  You gotta be fierce!"

“Have you seen America’s Next Top Model? You gotta be fierce!”

by Esther Walker

There is no race quite like Wildflower: an entire weekend in a beautiful scenic location dedicated to the sport of triathlon with tents, bikes, and triathletes as far as the eye can see. Sadly, it’s also the last collegiate race of our season, but it was a great end to an amazing season! Read more »

April 13th, 2014

Collegiate Nationals 2014 – Classic

2014 Collegiate
Triathlon Nationals -Bill Jones

Bill and Dan

duckDay 1, The Day before the Race: Good Sensations Read more »

April 9th, 2014

Collegiate Nationals 2014 – Draft Legal

 

Gina getting ready to rock the swim!

Gina getting ready to rock the swim!

By Gina Horath
If you had asked me a few months ago if I was thinking of doing the draft legal race at collegiate nationals I would have told you a flat out no. Heck, if you had asked me 1 week before the race I still would have told you no. I wanted to focus and put all my energy into the Olympic distance race, hoping for a top 10 finish. Plus I was definitely planning on doing our team relay Saturday afternoon… which would mean 3 races?? That’s just crazy. But even with these thoughts, a part of me absolutely LOVES draft-legal racing It is such an exciting type of racing; you’re going head to head with your competition the entire time, and it takes skill in all 3 sports to have a shot at doing well. So in the days leading up to the race I kept going back and forth, thinking I would have regrets not racing. It was this slight indecision that ultimately got me roped into racing DL—which I have Coach Chris Burnham to blame (or thank).
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March 26th, 2014

WCCTC Conference 2014

You will never be this cool.  Unless you're Ethan

You will never be this cool. Unless you’re Ethan

By Ethan Veitch

Like all of our triathlon races, Cal Poly: SLO’s March Triathlon Series (MTS) began long before the sun rose. While the rest of the team spent the night becoming acquainted with the outdoors, I cheated and slept in a warm bed in nearby Santa Maria. The drawback was that I had a 40 minute car ride to the race course and had to pick up my packet race morning. Unlike many other collegiate triathlons, MTS is far away from civilization. This fact is more apparent before the sun rises as the only illumination comes from the headlights of cars. By the time I parked and made the long walk to transition (a preview for the start and end of the run course) it was almost 6:30am. After the shortest packet pickup ever, I headed over to transition Read more »

March 5th, 2014

UCLA Ironbruin 2014

A Storm Is Coming – By Kent Turbo

Esther Walker contemplates her 2nd place finsih at UCLA 2014

Esther Walker contemplates her 2nd place finsih at UCLA 2014

Hearing these words on the news Thursday was dreadful. I had heard the UCLA bike course was adequately hilly, technical and bike crashes were common, and now I had to worry about the rain! With cycling being my weakest leg in the sport of triathlon, I was very worried. Plus, I was assigned to stay at a house filled with graduate students, and being merely a freshman, I felt that I was going to be a bit out of place… Read more »

March 3rd, 2014

Tritonman Classic 2014: Dad’s Tale

By Jason Stofleth (Dad)

Joey and Dan ready for the swim!

Joey and Dan ready for the swim!

The 8th annual Tritonman, presented by Spy Optic, kicked off this weekend with the shrill ringing of my alarm clock at 3 am on Saturday.  After a few strong cups of coffee, I was coherent enough to grumpily grab my headlamp light, and carpool down to Mission Bay in the dark with Kent Kubo and his bike in tow. Once there, I immediately headed over to the truck to lend a hand with setup and to help the race director, Dave Berry keep things on the rails.  A snag in the operability of our generator forced us to inflate the swim course buoys with hand-pumps, and left us with only megaphone rather than a P.A. system to direct volunteers and racers. Read more »

March 3rd, 2014

Tritonman Draft Legal 2014

Kaitlyn running hard through transition Tritonman DL 2014

Kaitlyn running hard through transition Tritonman DL 2014

By Kaitlyn Van Fancy Name

This is me:

  • Freshman undergrad
  • 1st year on the triathlon team
  • Completed only 1 triathlon ever in my life
  • No clip-ins

My thoughts when I discovered I would be one of the few selected to Tritonman Draft Legal:

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February 20th, 2014

Meet the Team: Gina Horath!

Ginna running hard out of the water at Tritonman 2013!

Ginna running hard out of the water at Tritonman 2013!

What is your major/what do you want to do?

I studied human biology and eventually I want to go to graduate school probably to study either nutrition, or nursing— something in the health field.

Where did you grow up/what was your athletic background?

I was lucky enough grew up in the best town in the world, Santa Cruz. (#SorryNotSorry). There really is no place like it. It has mountains, forests, beaches, waves, and my whole huge family — what more could I ask for? Read more »