The 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is in the books. And you might want to consider signing up for next year. When triathletes think about Alcatraz, they immediately think about the swim, and rightly so. So let’s start there.
The swim is about 1.5 miles in temperatures ranging from 58 to 61 degrees. Due to favorable tidal currents, the swim can be blindingly fast, but this year it wasn’t.
At 7:30 AM, 1800 athletes leaped the six feet from the deck of vessel Hornblower, hovering near Alcatraz Island to the northeast of San Francisco, into the swirling water, all abandoning the vessel within six minutes. Meanwhile, west winds whistling through the Golden Gate at 12-18 miles per hour whipped up seas to three feet topped by hissing whitecaps… Read more
Dennis Vanderheiden, of Athletes in Tandem (AiT) has spent many hours with many folks swimming, riding and running with athletes of different abilities in a variety of triathlons and running events of every distance.
Anyone who has worked with Dennis or any of his athletes, talks about the life changing experience. Here’s a piece by Dennis about how the community around AiT comes together in a last minute pinch to make it happen. Read more
By 303 Ambassador Kirsten McCay Smith
Boulder is one of Colorado’s most beautiful places to visit and is easily accessible from Fort Collins, Denver, and Colorado Springs. It is also one of the most fun places to race and train as there is everything you need right there. A big reservoir, unlimited paved roads with great bike lanes that include both flats and hills, and several paths (both paved and dirt) to get your run on…
By Cheri Felix
Learning to Swim with Erin Hansel
Swimming. I wish I had some great story about why I never learned or why breathing under the water really panics me. I do however, have a great story for why, as an adult, I’m learning to swim; my kids. I kept it a secret (the good kind) that I didn’t know how to swim…