The 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!
The 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.