Pacific Coast Triathlon

by Brandy @ Simply Fit Mama
(Orange County, CA)

I'm the 4th one from the left (brown hair). This was before the swim start.

I'm the 4th one from the left (brown hair). This was before the swim start.

Location & Country:
Laguna Beach, California USA

September 11, 2011

About The Race:
Pacific Coast Triathlon is a beautiful scenic race. You get to see and hear the ocean pretty much the whole race. The coastline is breathtaking. The volunteers are kind and helpful. The event was well organized and ran very smoothly from packet pickup to the finish line. I love this race and it will have a special place in my heart since it was my first triathlon.

The Race Course:

This course starts with an 800 meter open water swim. The water at Crystal Cove can be choppy but for this race it was nice and calm. The water is cold so wetsuit are allowed. Some people swim without a wetsuit but I’m not sure how! There is a killer hill that you have to go up to get to the transition area, a lot of people walk this hill.

This is a fairly easy bike coarse on the Pacific Coast Highway. They block the right side of the highway for the race. It’s a 6 mile loop you ride twice. There is really only one moderate hill on the bike portion and it’s really not bad at all.

The run is fairly flat with a small hill. Normally you run a portion on the beach and have to run up a really steep hill but this year they had to change the course due to erosion on the beach.

Transition was well organized, easy to find your stuff. Plenty of room for your gear. The ground was marked well to remind you which way to go for the bike and the run.

Overall Organisation And Atmosphere Of Race:
Loved the atmosphere of this race!! It’s a smaller race and everyone was super friendly. There are elite triathletes, seasoned triathletes, first timers, relay teams, etc. This year was special because it was dedicated to 9/11's ten year anniversary so they had a heros category for military, firemen and policemen. They also did a flag ceremony but I didn’t get to see since I was still racing.

Top Tips For Other Triathletes:
If you carpool with at least three people in the car and get to Reef point parking lot by 5:00 a.m. you get to park for free and you are the closest to the transition area which was awesome especially after the race!

Bring a flashlight or headlamp for setting up your gear, it’s dark when you get there and there is really no lighting in the transition area.

Overall Would I Recommend This Race?
I would definitely recommend this race. It was a great first time triathlon and it’s challenging enough for seasoned triathletes. I plan on racing it again next year.

My Race Story:
I have been a runner for a couple of years now. I have a great group of friends that have been running and racing much longer than me. After picking up swimming last year and then adding bike rides for cross training, my friends encouraged me to try a sprint triathlon. They knew I was ready to add a new challenge. I picked Pacific Coast Triathlon because this race is one of my friend’s favorites so we all signed up and started training. I had a really huge fear of open water swimming as swimming is not my strong sport and I am afraid of the creatures that live in the sea. I can say that because of this race I pushed myself past my fears. I trained in the ocean and the lake when I was scared to but I did it and if I can do it so can anyone else!! I promise!

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Oct 11, 2011
Well done Brandy!
by: Intelligent Triathlon

Great entry Brandy, thanks! Useful tips and great encouragement for anyone considering a triathlon. Well done on conquering your fear of those 'creatures that live in the sea', and hope you go on to do more triathlons!

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