Happy (belated) New Year! Feliz Año Nuevo! Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Yes, we are at the end of January, so the new year’s wishes might be a month late (unless you celebrate Chinese New Year, in which case we’re right on time), but it’s the thought that counts, right?
The new year brings with it new races! For those of you who are still trying to decide which races to do this year, or you know someone who wants to do their first tri, we’ve got you covered. A bigger list of races (including the ones mentioned below) can be found at our website, but here are a few recommendations if you are still trying to get your race calendar in order:
Pasadena Triathlon: March 15th, 2014
“The EIGHTH annual Pasadena Triathlon, Duathlon and Rockin Reggae 5k returns March 15, 2014. Join us for a Spring ‘reverse’ triathlon or a great Rockin Reggae 5k run around the Bowl. There’s even a new Kids Fun Tri for younger participants. This event is for everyone: whether you are a beginner, an experienced triathlete or somewhere in between. This event will provide a fun challenge and get you ready for the 2014 Summer Season of events! The triathlon and duathlon is limited to 800 participants, so enter early! Registration for the 5k is capped at 1000, so come on out and run the Bowl!”
Of course, if you are ready for a bigger challenge, and have $1500 just laying around, we’d also recommend:
Oceanside Half Ironman: March 29th, 2014
Right now, the only way to register for this race is to register with a charity (hence the price tag); in this case the funds raised go towards the CAF (Challenged Athletes Foundation).
“Oceanside, California offers triathletes a chance to race in the city that birthed the sport in the early 1970’s in Mission Bay. Oceanside is located at the northern end of San Diego’s North County, which includes the beach communities of Del Mar, Cardiff, Encinitas, and Carlsbad—home to a mixture of surf, triathlon, and beach culture. Just half an hour south lies the city of San Diego, with its world-famous zoo, parks, and other attractions to fill a spring break vacation. Just two hours away from the local mountains, skiing and snowboarding are other options. This race offers the only chance athletes have to swim in the calm, protected Oceanside Harbor, where water temperatures in early spring are usually in the low to mid 60’s. The bike course takes cyclists along the California coastline to San Clemente, before dipping into the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton. Here, the route takes the cyclists down to view the Oceanside Pier which is one of the longest fishing piers in California. The run portion takes athletes on a winding journey along the pier (one of the longest fishing piers in the state), and then out to Oceanside’s flat beachfront path, “The Strand,” where miles of sandy beaches provide a distracting vista. Runners then head into a residential area, and loop back out to finish not far from the ocean’s edge, in a chute that’s always lined with energetic spectators.”
Okay, maybe you haven’t started training and are looking for something a bit further down the line than March. In that case, we’d recommend:
Los Angeles Championship and Tri Express Triathlon Series: April 13th, May 10th, and June 8th, 2014
SUNDAY APRIL 13 TH, 2014 (SOUTH SHORE)
CHAMPIONSHIP:SWIM 500M – BIKE 27.02K – RUN 5K(BIKE 2 LAPS AROUND THE PARK)
TRI EXPRESS: SWIM 300M – BIKE 13.91K – RUN 5K (BIKE 1 LAP AROUND THE PARK)
SATURDAY MAY 10TH, 2014 (NORTH SHORE-TBD)
CHAMPIONSHIP:SWIM 1K -BIKE 26.4K-RUN 8.8K (BIKE 2 LAPS AROUND THE PARK)
TRI EXPRESS:SWIM 300M – BIKE 13.3K – RUN 5K (BIKE 1 LAP AROUND THE PARK)
SUNDAY JUNE 8, 2014 (NORTH SHORE)
CHAMPIONSHIP:SWIM 1.5K- BIKE 39.5K – RUN 10K(BIKE 3 LAPS AROUND THE PARK)
TRI EXPRESS: SWIM 300M – BIKE 13.3K – RUN 5K (BIKE 1 LAP AROUND THE PARK)
We can’t put a list of tri’s together without including our friends at:
THE Redondo Beach Triathlon: June 8th, 2014
Where: Redondo Beach Pier/Veteran’s Park
309 Esplanade Avenue Redondo Beach, California 90277
Sprint: 1/2 mile ocean swim, 6 mile bike, 2 mile scenic run
Mini Sprint: 1/4 mile ocean swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile scenic run (A non-competitive race for friends/families/kids 10 and older)
The Redondo Beach Triathlon is limited to the first 600 entries, so if you’re going to register, you better hurry!
To end our short list of local tri’s, let’s bring up an olympic distance tri:
Herbalife LA Triathlon: September 21st, 2014
“20 Best Triathlons in the United States”
“Best Race to Feel Like a Star”
“Best Urban Race”
“Top Destination Triathlon”
“This is a race to make you feel like a rock star. You start in Venice Beach, and the bike takes you down a completely closed Venice Boulevard, one of the city’s main thoroughfares. The second transition area is downtown and the two-loop run goes through the financial district with one gnarly hill next to the Disney Concert Hall.”
This is going to be a great year for Triathlon! For a longer list of triathlons in the area (and some that aren’t), visit http://www.triathlonlab.com/races-and-events/ for links and info. Good luck this year with your training and racing, and if you need any gear or nutrition, let us know. Come into the shop, visit our website, or shoot us a message!
Thanks for reading,