Event Stats: Name Playa del Run #2 Santa Monica Date 05/21/2006 Location Santa Monica, CA, USA Event Aquathon Finish Time 00:49:31
This race for me showed very nicely why it makes sense to train in a group and not as a loner.
The morning after my bike race. Early. I was tired. I would have never gotten up on my own (especially since I signed up for this race just as training session). But my buddy Doug would be racing. So I figured, I would at least go there and cheer him on. And if I was going out, I might just as well bring the race gear.
Got there, found Doug, had a coffee, set up my stuff and - yes, you guessed it - got ready to race.
The swim ist just a big U, basically you swim from Santa Monica beach until after the breakers, a couple of hundred yards to the right, and back in. The you have to run back to transition, which rather sucks, because it is a) long and b) in loose sand. I changed, lost way to much time in transition, and then started for the short run (5km). The run is …
Event Stats: Name Playa del Run #1 Mission Bay Date 05/14/2006 Location Mission Bay, CA, USA Event Aquathon Finish Time 00:55:21
Three things are worth noting about this race.
First, it is held at Mission Bay, which most people know because it is where Sea World is, but it is also considered the birthplace of triathlon.
Second, cheaters!!! The swim was held in a little bay with an island in the middle. The idea was to swim around the island and back to the start. The water level was rather low, which meant, that, if you swam to close to the island, you would swim in mud. So what do people do? They simply get out of the water, run across the island, jump back in and swim back. I was one of the very few that simply swam a longer course to stay in deeper water.
I don't really care about placing. If I wanted to be better, I would eat less. I just think there is something seriously wrong with cheaters. After the race I even listened to a woman, telling that she ran across the island &quo…