Alcatraz and Dextro Race Recap

in front of Alcatraz

in front of Alcatraz

The Escape From Alcatraz triathlon that took place last weekend was the first race of the season and a great one to start out with.  The course was definitely challenging, but in a fun way.  The water was pretty frigid and the only thoughts that I had going through my mind during the swim was get to land before I started to remember some of scenes from the movie, Jaws.  I knew the bike course was going to be hilly because of it being in San Francisco, but it was a little tougher than I had prepared for, especially since there aren’t to many hills like that where I live in Southern Maryland.  The run is usually the most difficult part of the race for me but this time it was the highlight, which I think had a lot to do with how scenic the course was, even when I came face to face with the infamous sand ladder.

me and Mayor Fenty after the race

me and Mayor Fenty after the race

The Dextro Energy Triathlon World Championship in Washington D.C. this past weekend was fast and furious from all the competition, ranging from the age group to the Olympians.  Just like in the Alcatraz race, I went into this race untapered, and was very surprised by the results.  The swim was pretty choppy in the Potomac, but I felt like I had a good rhythm going on the way back to the transition.  I can happily say that the transition times have improved since last year, especially getting on the bike.  I regretted using disc wheels about halfway through the bike because the wind was pushing me all over the road, but I kept cranking it out in the big gears and made it back to the transition in a personal best time, which was a great feeling. There was a smooth transition into the 10k run and it took the first mile or so to get my running legs moving; they were feeling a little sluggish from the five hour bike ride two days before lol.  Finishing in second place in my age group was awesome and it was really cool to see the Mayor of Washington D.C. after the race because we both finished around the same time. After our race, the Elite men went and it was exciting to see all the guys from the Olympics compete against each other – they are incredibly fast on TV but to see them run a thirty minute 10k in person is a whole different story.

There have been a lot of big improvements since last year so I’m excited to see how the rest of the season goes.  Next up – the Nautica New York City triathlon at the end of July. Thanks for reading and for all of your support!


Dextro Energy Triathlon – June 21


The next race on the calendar is the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series in Washington, DC.

“On race day (June 21st) age group triathletes and elite triathletes from around the world will race back-to-back through the heart of Washington, DC. The spectacular, one-of-a-kind backdrop of the nation’s capital welcomes competitors past its monuments, memorials and museums as triathletes compete on car-free roads through the DC.

Elite athletes will compete in the Series, held in seven iconic cities around world including Hamburg, Kitzbühel, London and Washington, DC, and will finish with the Grand Final at the Gold Coast, Australia. As the Series’ only North American stop, Washington, DC, is proud to welcome age group and elite athletes from around the world to race on Pennsylvania Avenue, America’s Main Street.

The Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series is the top level of competition in the sport of triathlon.”

Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon – June 14

alcatraztriathlon“For one weekend each summer, 2,000 of the world’s best triathletes assemble in San Francisco for one of the most infamous and extreme sporting events…the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. In its 29 years as a maximum-security prison, no one ever escaped alive from the menacing shores of Alcatraz. Every year, this popular event draws over 20,000 spectators to see who can accomplish that daunting task.

On Sunday, June 14, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon will be packed with heart-pounding action featuring a 1.5 mile swim through frigid waters from Alcatraz Island to shore, a grueling 18-mile bike race, and a demanding 8-mile run through the rugged trails of Golden Gate Recreation Area. Set against the natural beauty of San Francisco, this thrilling triathlon is a virtual postcard of the City by the Bay.

For some of these athletes, the road to the start line required superhuman courage:

Brian Boyle – Welcome, MD
In 2004, collegiate swimmer Brian Boyle was in a severe car accident that caused a 60 percent blood loss. He died eight times on the operating table and received 36 blood transfusions and 13 plasma treatments. He was told he would never walk again. After just one year in rehab, Brian was back on his swim team and raced in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii two years later.”