Sunday, April 18, 2010

Superseal San Diego

Whenever I have the chance I go to this great event!!! The SUPERSEAL TRIATHLON in San Diego.

I entered this race last year as a tune up race for Oceanside and I just had to go back. A great race, great organization, a great race director, great volunteers, great spectators, an ocean swim, ...what else does a triathlete need. Unfortunately the race is 8 hrs away from Flagstaff, so I had to convince my wonderful friend Pam to go with me. She is always up for adventures and she said yes without even thinking about it!!!

We drove to San Diego on a Friday, so that we could swim, bike and run on Saturday, as the race was on Sunday. We stayed at a great homestay!!! They were sooo firendly and lived ina perfect location (15 min to the race). Saturday we tried to go swimming at Balboa Park...but the pool was closed. Pam saw some water in it, but I could stop her from going in all the way.

So we decided to have breakfast first...well...I ate, she called pools:-)
While she was talking on the phone this bagel mysteriousely disappeared...
We decided to give up on the pools and pick up our race package. And on the way there we decided...well Pam decided, I was still thinking about it...what a great idea it would be to swim at the race site.

OK...still thinking...



I ACTUALLY SWAM IN IT!!! That has never happened before that I went into the ocean to swim (not boggyboarding)...and it was great. I got to test out my new Sailfish wetsuit for the first time and it is great!!!




Then we went on a bikeride to test out our gear. CEEPO TT Machine: Check...LAZER HELMET: Check...

Race day- we got to the race WAYYY early. But it was good. The women's elite rack was completely empty, and I was excited. A great parking spot:-) Then I ralized that all the other Elite women had racked their bike on the men's elite rack because it was a better position. WHAAAT??? After asking an official, I racked my bike on there as well. He said all or none. And I completely agreed:-)

The race was great, the swim was fast and there were no waves and no floating things. The .5 mile transition was great as well as have figured out now how to safe my legs for that. I got onto my speedy bike and posted the fastest female bike time and a 2 minute improvement from last year (even though it was more windy this year compared to zero wind last year). Onto the run and I couldn't even feel that I had biked. I ran a PR as well and finished 4 min before the 2nd Elite Female. It was a great race!!!
Pam got 5th in her agegroup out of 25 women!!! She had a personal best by 6 minutes!!!
And don't forget that we still have snow up here and training is limited!!!
After the race we decided to go snorkeling at La Jolla (MAYBE:-) While Pam snorkeld around, I played life guard in full gear:


Then I went in too and saw some super orange fish. They were great!!! And the seals slept and slept:


We got some dinner at a Fish "hut". IT WAS SOOO GOOD!!! Being close to the ocean is great!!!




YUMMMMMMMMM...after that we went to bed and hoped that we could swim one mroe time on Monday, but it was a rainy day...so we decided to leave for sunny AZ.
It was a great race (again) and I cannot wait to do it again!!!



3 comments:

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

CONGRATS on your race Angi!!! Looks like you and Pam had a blast. Love the pictures and that snorkel pic is classic :).

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Yea! GREAT job out there Angi! :) Superseal/Superfrog is such an awesome event - way to defend your title!

Oh - and we LOVED Flagstaff. But WOW - between the altitude and the cold and the snow...wow... You are hardcore :) We really wanted to hike up Humphrey Peak - but the snow was too deep...so we just did Elden instead. Not too bad - but we could definitely feel the altitude.... also the town is super cute! And the FUTS trail system is fantastic - I wish we had something like that here. Happy training!!!!

Beth said...

Congrats on your win!! Great start to the triathlon season!! :)