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 »
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 »
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 »
By Kaitlyn Van Fancy Name
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.
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 »
By Hannah Heimer
The first official race of the 2014 season was a complete success! Well, I’m a newbie, so what do I know? But if success equates to a well-organized and enjoyable challenge, then a success is what it was. Throughout the entire weekend I learned a lot more about this crazy sport. The first lesson I learned was on Saturday, in the beginning leg of our journey as we prepared for the short drive up to Irvine. Lesson one: you can fit more in a car than you ever thought imaginable. One tiny car managed to fit three bikes and three passengers, with the bikes taking up the majority of the space. Read more »
I’m a graduating senior in the Human Biology program. With this I want to become a physical therapist, ideally involved in neuro-rehabilitation of athletes. Read more »
By Craig Ricker
The duathlon started with some confusion… TCSD had advertised two different starting times; 7:30 as well as 8:30. To attempt to deal with these, they averaged out the difference and sent out all the athletes who were present at 8:00. My car arrived at 8:05 knowing none of this, seeing how empty transition was we believed everyone was warming up. We slowly went about our business of setting up our transition spot, and getting ready for the race. An official announced “One more minute until we start!”. Read more »
I am a human biology major with minors in chemistry and sociocultural anthropology. Among many other things, I want to go through a combined MD/PhD program and ultimately become a forensic pathologist. Read more »
I’m a second year graduate student in UCSD’s Bioengineering program, and I mainly work in an orthopedics lab. The three-word answer is: “lower back pain”. Specifically, I use novel MRI techniques to study kinematic and biomechanical changes that occur in the lumbar spine in active duty Marines with varying levels of pathology. I am also working on a method using high strength MRI to make non-invasive measurements of muscle physiology.