by Beril Polat & Zack Goodman
As a new team member who has never done a multi-sport race before, Coveskipper was my very first official aquathlon! I had to use a (!) mark because I never thought I would get into a multisport race so it was a big deal for me. I see Coveskipper as my initiation to the triathlon madness. So YAAAYYY!! I also need to give a shout out to Zack Goodman (who is also a new member in the team) for his persistent push on making me come to practices. If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t try to get into this madness or be aware of all the meetings and events.
Up to the race day, I had been practicing with the UCSD triathlon team which is an awesome group of people (including our coach Kim McDonald). Those practices helped me understand the feeling from water to ground transition which was a part of the Coveskipper aquathlon. I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to race at first because I guess I didn’t want to embarrass myself (which is not a healthy thinking so I highly suggest you to NOT do that). I also had no strategy in mind for this kind of race. However, three days before the race, I changed my mind. UCSD triathlon club was hosting the race so we all had to help set up the race. I think I was also more about getting to know the team rather than trying to finish with a fast time. Read more »
by Justin Runac and Tyler Bailey
I took the early lead in the WCCTC a couple of weeks ago and the swim at Aggieathlon was short, I decided I had to keep getting points for myself and the team early in the season
I was a little concerned about racing so many weekends in a row since I’ve been doing cross country running along with triathlon this fall, but since I took the early lead in the WCCTC a couple of weeks ago and the swim at Aggieathlon was short, I decided I had to keep getting points for myself and the team early in the season while they were easy to come by. I didn’t have any good races last season due to fluke circumstances, so I am trying to race as much as I can in my last year at school to help forget about last season. Read more »
by Katie Hosch and Torin Halsted
NCAA Regional Qualifier
We left on Friday around 11am from San Diego and started our 8-9-hour drive to Berkeley. This was the first time I had ever been to the Bay, and it was beautiful. After our drive up we picked up our packets and went to eat at this delicious Mediterranean restaurant.
I had a placard with my name on it, making this race super official. It was the Regional Qualifier for NCAA Women’s Nationals after-all.
On Saturday morning, we left towards the race site before 6am, and arrived at the Berkeley marina ready to start the race morning process. After getting some warm-up on my bike, I put it in transition, which I had a placard with my name on it, making this race super official. It was the Regional Qualifier for NCAA Women’s Nationals after-all.Once I set up my transition, I went for a short run and made my way over to the swim start for our pre-race briefing. Read more »
1. Officer Position: Safety Officer
2. Year: PhD Candidate
3. Major/Minor: Structural Engineering
4. College: N/A
5. Athletic Background: Swimming, Water Polo, and Soccer
6. Why You Joined Tri: Most of my swimmer friends ended up doing Triathlon and they all were talking about it and encouraged me to join the Tri Team.
7. Favorite Tri Experience: What I love about Triathlon is the life style and the community that comes with it. Waking up early, pushing my limits everyday and of course improving my swimming, running and cycling skills at the same time with a group of super awesome athletes! Read more »
Up next in the Meet the Officers series is Ella Stimson!
1. Officer Position: Vice President
2. Year: Sophomore
3. Major/Minor: Bioengineering
4. College: Muir College
5. Athletic Background: In high school I ran cross country and pole vaulted on the track team.
6. Why You Joined Tri: I love running and coming into college I wanted to challenge myself physically and mentally with something new. Biking and swimming have been challenging but provide great motivation to continue and improve. Read more »
Hope everyone’s enjoying their last day of summer! Jason Stofleth (also known as “Dad”) is today’s addition to the Meet the Officers series!
1. Officer Position: Treasurer
2. Year: PhD Candidate
3. Major/Minor: Structural Biology and Biophysics
4. College: N/A
5. Athletic Background: Running, basketball, and a little swimming
6. Why You Joined Tri: I was strongly encouraged by a friend.
7. Favorite Tri Experience: During my first season I did Wildflower Long Course on a whim. It was so challenging and fun to share the misery with friends. Plus I got to kick back (plus sleep in) and watch the team do the olympic race on Sunday. You can read about it here:http://ucsdtriathlon.org/wildflower-2014-long-course/ Read more »
Today’s entry in the Meet the Officers series is our very own president, Katie Hosch!
1. Officer Position: President, Race Director
2. Year: Junior
3. College: Eleanor Roosevelt College
4. Athletic Background: Gymnast for 10 years, runner and swimmer entire life.
5. Why You Joined Tri: I joined because it made sense to combine my love for swimming and running and I wanted to be a part of a team.
6. Favorite Tri Experience: Bike Camp for sure, it was amazing camping with everyone and getting to know people on a level while riding super long!
7. Advice for New-Comers: Its a great team, a great time, and a great way to stay in shape, and you’ll get to impress all your friends.
8. Fun Fact: I have a puppy named Kosmic, and I HATE eggs.
In today’s Meet the Officers, we have Dustin Richmond!
1. Officer Position: Male Team Captain, Sponsorship Coordinator, Email Writer in Chief (just kidding)
2. Year: Fifth year PhD Student
3. Major/Minor: Computer Engineering/CSE
4. College: JSOE: Graduate students aren’t part of the college system
5. Athletic Background: Tennis, cyclist, runner, before I started doing triathlon. I destroyed my body playing tennis, so I picked up cycling to keep active. I got bored cycling so I fixed issues in my running form and started running. I got sick, injured, and a little bored running every day, so I started to think about triathlon. Eventually, I worked up the courage to take one of the swimming Rec Classes, which got me enough confidence to start swimming regularly by myself. One thing led to another and I started doing Triathlon about two years ago. Haven’t had a boring day since. Read more »
by Kent Kubo
3:30am, my alarm goes off, and I’m starting the day early by brushing my teeth. This year, Tritonman is a bit different for me since I am the sponsorship coordinator as well a competitor…By 3:50am I’m out the door and on my way down to Fiesta Island. 4:15am rolls around and the team is off to setting up for Tritonman Day 2. The second day is easier to set up since we all know exactly where things go, it’s just a matter if we can take on 500+ athletes at once. I finish setting up the aid tables (shout out to Dave for the Justin Bieber theme), and then head off over to the transition area so set up my bike. Read more »
by Jason Pianalto
For a sprint tri, UCI is a pretty tough course. The swim is in a pool (yay!) and only 450 yards (double yay!), but they usually send athletes into the pool at 5 second intervals. This, along with the fact that their pool is tiny, uses 25 yards instead of 50, and requires athletes to swim up and down one lane before snaking to the next, means that it’s less like being in a pool and more like being in a blender (boo!) The bike course is four laps in the shape of a bowl – if you aren’t going down into the bowl, you’re climbing out of it. It has two iffy downhill corners and one absolutely terrifying downhill corner. The run is similar to the bike – if you aren’t going uphill, you are going downhill. It finishes with a fast 800m downhill sprint on dirt. Read more »