Mentor/Mentee Program 2014-15!

Are YOU looking for someone to inspire you, someone to train alongside you, or someone to merely spice up your normal life?? Then you’re in luck! It’s that time of year, and Cal Tri is pairing up all newbies with one of our experienced team members. So even if you’ve had 10 years of triathlon experience or have never gotten off the couch in your life, feel free to fill our the mentee survey and get to know some of our returning members a lot better. Who knows, your mentor could end up becoming your closest friend from Cal yet! *cough* Varun and Lauri *cough*

Please fill out the MENTEE SURVEY form to be paired with a current member of the team and be deemed their mentee!

On the flip side…

If you are simply bursting with triathlon knowledge and excitement and cannot contain it any longer or just want someone to take under your wing, please fill out the MENTOR SURVEY form to be paired with a new member of the team and be deemed their mentor!

We really encourage both new and old members to participate. Additionally, we will be holding a team dinner to commemorate our new mentor/mentee pairs along with various competitions and events to follow. Times and locations TBA
mentor_menteeWinners of last year’s mentor/mentee photo competition, Ben and Glenn!

Welcome Week!

Come hang with some of the best people on campus, and join us for our 2014 Welcome Week events!
Whether you’re a serious triathlete thinking of going pro, or a beginner who still needs to learn the ropes, swing by and get to know our team. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to get the latest updates on all events!

****Kickoff meeting in 2060 VLSB

Cal Tri shines in Panama

While the majority of the team is occupying themselves with silly little one-hour races, Cal Tri alums Brandt Champion and Shelley Harper and current member Erika Erickson sought out a more daunting challenge – Panama 70.3.

The trio found great success. Brandt and Shelley finished first and second in their respective age groups, a promising result for a 70.3 Worlds berth later on in the season. Erika took on the pro field and had a breakthrough race, finishing 10th against world-class athletes. For context, the men’s pro race was won by Javier Gomez. Ever heard of him? KOABD.

For a humorous “race” report that doesn’t actually say much about  the race but is an otherwise very fun read check out Erika’s post on her team blog.

Way to go guys!

UCSD “Tritonman” Race Report

February 22-23 2014


The UC San Diego Triathlon team gave us a full weekend of racing with a draft legal sprint tri on Saturday followed by the classic non-draft sprint on Sunday. We Cal Triathletes traveled the farthest for this competition (yes Arizona that includes you- your drive is two hours shorter than ours) but by the end of the weekend everyone agreed that it was well worth the journey.

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Spring 2014 Racing Schedule

Cal Triathlon’s Spring 2014 Racing Schedule has been determined and finalized!

Races in blue and gold are ones that the team will specifically target (and organize travel and lodging) in the West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (WCCTC) – save those dates! Races marked under “Team Travel” are ones that people on the team usually attend and we will help you to organize carpools down.

DateRaceLocationDistanceRace WebsiteTeam Travel?
September 28th, 2014Santa CruzSanta Cruz, CAOlympic LinkNo
October 25, 2014UCSD Coveskipper AquathlonSan Diego, CA--LinkNo
November 8th - 9th, 2014UCLA IronBruin TriathlonUCLADraft-legal and Classic SprintLinkYes
TBADavis AquathlonUC Davis, CA--LinkYes
TBAUCI Zot TrotIrvine, CASprintLinkYes
TBACal BearathlonBerkeley, CAOlympicYes
TBAUCSD TritonmanSan Diego, CADraft legal/SprintLinkYes
TBAStanford TreeathlonStanford, CASprintLinkYes
TBAUC Davis TriathlonDavis, CASprintLinkYes
TBAMTS/WCCTCSan Luis Obispo, CAOlympicLinkYes
TBAKendra's Race, UCSBSanta Barbara, CASprint--No
April 24th-25th, 2015USAT NationalsClemson, SCOlympicLinkYes
May 1st-3rd, 2015WildflowerLake San Antonio, CAOlympic, Half IronmanLinkYes
May 18th, 2015CSULB Reverse Sprint TriLong Beach, CASprintLinkNo


UCLA Aquathlon Race Report

by Lauri Takacsi-Nagy

On a surprisingly chilly November morning in what is usually balmy Southern California, two Cal Triathletes, yours truly and the ever badass Kristen Curry, toed the starting line of the Chase The Turkey UCLA Aquathlon in pursuit of glory, omnium points, and what promised to be Lärabars at the finish line.

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Crazy in Love with Cal Triathlon: Santa Cruz Triathlon

by Lydia Roth

Nobody wants to get up at 4:30am. I mean, let’s be real… only crazy people get up  that early on a Sunday morning. As triathletes, however, we wear the term “crazy” on our   sleeves with pride whenever it’s time to head out for a race. On the morning of Sunday,   September 29th we headed out for our race, with our “crazy’ sleeves on, in the lovely beach town of Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz puts on a great race, evidence of the fact that a couple of us did the race last year and came back this year for more. This year the race was preceded by perfect   weather, a luxury we didn’t experience last year due to an hour-long fog delay. Five and   a half hours after our alarm clocks had gone off, our male athletes were sprinting across   the sand into the chilly Pacific Ocean. Five minutes later, I felt their excitement as I rushed   across that same sand with our two other female athletes to brave the water as well.

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No Longer a Rookie, Not Yet a Vet: Stanford Treeathlon 2013 Race Account

by Kristen Curry


There’s something special about that first triathlon. The unknowing of what is going to happen next. The cluelessness of how to set up a transition. The race day morning realization of, “wait.. how do I warm up for three sports at once?” This is why I love the Stanford Treeathlon. It is the start of a new, incredible journey for so many young athletes.

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