San Diego Triathlon Classic

bikev2_webThe last two years I’ve competed in the San Diego TriRock Triathlon, but due to some scheduling conflicts I ended up doing the San Diego Triathlon Classic instead. This has some similarities to TriRock – you get special permission to go on a military base, the swim is in San Diego Bay, and the run is flat. But the bike course for the Classic is really awesome!

TSanDiegoTriClassic2015_2he ride goes up from sea level to the top of Point Loma and out to the Cabrillo Monument. That necessitates a fairly steep climb just up from the Ballast Point sub base. This was a bit challenging, but definitely worth the effort – coming down is pure fun! All the cyclists I saw were very respectful and cautious, which is good on a relatively narrow course going downhill.

The run, on the other hand, was brutal! It was unseasonably hot and humid on race day, and I gulped down an entire bottle of water (I was carrying it in my hand) just on the first lap. It was similar to the Rocketman Triathlon I did last year in Florida, but my additional water made a big difference…at least I didn’t bonk this time. Nevertheless, it was a slow run for me, and I was happy when I made it through.SanDiegoTriClassic2015

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