March 25th, 2015

The WCCTC Conference Race: The longest, but most beautiful, race of the year!

Conference 2015 (Race Report 2)

by Rachel Marty

 

Ethan, Kent, and Rachel taking a break to pose for a selfie with the beautiful horses!

Ethan, Kent, and Rachel taking a break to pose for a selfie with the beautiful horses!

On Saturday morning, the day before the race, Clare arrived at my house around 6:30am with her little silver Volkswagen. Over the next hour, we managed to fit Sinead, Vivien, Clare, me, Sinead’s bike, Clare’s bike, all of our camping gear, and bags into and onto Clare’s car. After we conquered set up of the bike rack (on the fourth try), we knew nothing would stop us.  During the drive, we alternated between admiring the ocean view and laughing about the age discrepancies of memories associated with old music. We got to SLO around 1:00pm, picked up our race packets and then started setting up camp. Once more people had arrived, we assembled our bikes and rode for about half an hour to acclimate to the course. The whole time, I was in awe of the beauty surrounding us. Naturally, we had to get off our bikes to take a selfie with some of the horses. I mean, who can pass up on opportunity like that??? Read more »

March 25th, 2015

WCCTC Championships

Conference 2015 (Race Report 1)

by Charlie Chen

 

The March Triathlon Series serves as the conference championships of the stacked West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (WCCTC). Being the first race since UC Irvine and the first Olympic distance race for many, the team dealt with mixed emotions, ranging from the excitement to anxiety. However, the combination of a large, competitive field and the championship race environment ultimately fueled the team’s desire to tow the starting line.
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February 17th, 2015

UCI Zot Trot 2015 (My First Triathlon Ever)

UCI Zot Trot 2015 (Race Report 2)

by Jorge Palacios Jr.

 

A week before the day of the race, it finally hit me… I was going to participate in what would be my first race as a UCSD Triathlete. Throughout

Jorge pushing through the final stretch of the run!

Jorge pushing through the final stretch!

that entire week, I couldn’t stop thinking about what would happen that upcoming Sunday, on race day. Whenever I thought about it, whether it be during class, at home or when I was out for a workout, I always got a little freaked out. I’m usually able to calm down my nerves, since I was a Cross Country/Track & Field runner back in high school for three years, but this time it was different. Read more »

February 17th, 2015

The Zot Trot

UCI Zot Trot 2015 (Race Report 1)

by Vivien Tran

 

Soo… UC Irvine’s Zot Trot was my first triathlon, and boy was I super nervous. I met Alex at her house with 2 over-packed bags my bike, and a sleeping bag. We drove up together listening to Jack Johnson, discussing traffic, and avoiding the pink whale that everyone probably saw. We had a hearty lunch at Kaitlyn’s house with DIY paninis, and went to the pre-race ride and workout with the team. I got quite nervous after seeing the bike course, and being an inexperienced cyclist I wasn’t too comfortable with all the U-turns and turns. I’m pretty sure the race directors choose the hilliest and sunniest part of Irvine for the course on purpose. Read more »

November 12th, 2014

UCLA Day 2: The IronBruin Classic

IronBruin Classic 2015

by Cameron Martino

 

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

Cameron hammering his way through the UCLA campus. (Photo by California Triathlon)

Cameron hammering his way through the UCLA campus. (Photo by California Triathlon)

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). Read more »

November 12th, 2014

UCLA Day 1: IronBruin. Draft legal? In November?

IronBruin Draft-legal 2015

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. Read more »

October 28th, 2014

Coveskipper 2014: Not your average day at the beach

Coveskipper 2014

by Katie Hosch

 

Katie coming in strong for her second loop of the swim

Katie coming in strong for her second loop of the swim
- Photo credit goes to Jort Sports Photography -

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? Read more »

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

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