by Dominic Miller and Roise McSorley
Having just recently bought the first road bike I’d ever owned, and it being my first year on the triathlon team I was pretty pumped for Bike Camp, and it did not disappoint in any aspect. It was a fantastic weekend of biking and running in the desert all while getting closer to an amazing team.
You wouldn’t think that deserts would be nice places to exercise but Anza Borrego State Park was a great location for bike camp. Shortly after I arrived Saturday afternoon the team planned a run/hike up onto a steep ridge near the campsite which provided a spectacular view of the landscape we would be cycling the next day. I stared in awe at the rocky peaks and steep canyons around the campsite and the gently rolling hills stretching for miles in the other direction. Read more »
by Monica Thrukal and Josh Weimer
I had been looking forward to racing at Coveskipper for a few weeks. I was mainly excited because not only would I get to race with my new team mates, but also with my friends from USC who were driving down that morning for the race as well.
As a new member of UCSD triathlon, I got to observe what it takes to put on a race behind the scenes for the first time.
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by Barry Weickert
I’ve been in and out of injury with ITB for a while now so I was unsure of racing, but I signed up anyways since my rehab had been going well and I was itching to get a race in. My resolve was not unwavering though; I even tried to transfer my race entry to a teammate a few days before the race. Fortunately for me, it didn’t work out and I was stuck with the race spot.
by Liezl Maree
Racing at Stanford was quite an experience. This was the first race this season that offered a draft legal option for us newbees. So, wanting to give everything a try at least once, I decided it was a wonderful idea to sign up for the draft legal Treeathlon. Little did I know that draft legal also stood for “do not attempt if you can’t swim fast”. I found out that if I ever called myself a swimmer, I was poorly mistaken. Surely, being MIA for a week of practices due to poor time-management during midterms round 2, didn’t help my case at all during the Treeathlon.
by Sara Lucero and Michael Chen
I don’t know why I signed myself up for the Irvine race, the first triathlon of the season. I didn’t have a race kit. Or clip in pedals. Or any sort of real training for the last couple of months.
Perhaps I was compelled by the amount of money I spent already in becoming a triathlete and needed to make it worthwhile, or felt ashamed for making rare (very rare almost non-existent) appearances at practices and needed to forcefully reinsert myself into the team, or maybe I am subconsciously a masochist and enjoy sabotaging myself. Whatever the reason, I soon found myself in a car, with B and Emily, heading up to Irvine–the Land of Zots.
By Beril Polat
When I qualified for NCAA Nationals after racing at Bearathlon (UC-Berkeley), I felt very honored. I never really thought I would make it to NCAA Nationals when I used to swim varsity in undergrad, but here I was, going for triathlon. I was ready to take on the challenge and go race at Nationals although I knew that the competition was going to be fast. I packed my good old Hyundai Tucson again and drove from San Diego to Tempe, Arizona with Zack. I’m glad he was with me because the roads were pretty boring along the way. We arrived to our hotel on Friday night and went to sleep right away. Read more »
by Zack Goodman
I’ve come full circle – this time last year, I was writing my race report for my first ever race as a Triton. And what a great year it’s been! *Happy tears*
Coveskipper is the first of two races that our team hosts, the second being Tritonman. Coveskipper is an Aquathlon – a swim-run – which means no bike racks in transition. Which means setup and breakdown is a breeze. Happy volunteer here. Read more »
by Alireza Sarebanha and Maggie Goodson
Although some of my non-triathletes’ friends found it irrational (not the exact word they used!) to do this race on my birthday weekend, I was really pumped and ready for it. I couldn’t find a better way to enjoy my birthday weekend doing three things that I love (swimming, biking, and running) with people that I love, my super awesome teammates!
4:00AM alarm went off and 4:20AM I am driving on empty streets of LA on my way to UCLA. Read more »
by Jasmine Stansil and Billy Wegeng
I was up at 7 am, getting myself together so that I’d be ready to leave at 8 am with Ella and Tyler. I’d packed the night before, so no last minute packing this time! I was heading downstairs when Ella texted me that she’d be a little late, so I was like, ‘Cool. I’ve got time to pump up my tires.’ I went and did that, and then waited for Tyler and Ella to show up. Tyler beat Ella by a couple of minutes, and at 8:30 we were off! Read more »
by Nathan Platt and Jasmine Stansil
I was super excited to race Zot Trot up in Irvine this past weekend. Not only would it be my first triathlon on the triathlon team (albeit a reverse one), but what a great excuse to not study for midterms! After getting lost (slightly) on the way up, Jake and I met the rest of the team at UCI Saturday afternoon to preview the course. I had been told by numerous people so far that this course was very challenging so I was anxious to see what it was like. And indeed with obstacles such as sharp turns, mud, strewn shrubbery, and even worse hills, I wasn’t feeling too hopeful about my performance the next day. To make matters worse, it was supposed to be foggy the next morning! Eager to boost my confidence, I loaded up on some delicious fake chicken and even deliciouser Trader Joe’s bread (carbo loading yo) that evening and settled in at Jason’s house for the night. Read more »