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.
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.
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.
(Note: this text originally appeared in the Daily Californian. The original article can be found here)
By Katherine Velicki
Crammed amid thousands anxious college students from across the United States, 40 brave racers representing Cal Triathlon inched toward the edge of their seats and crossed their fingers last Saturday. It had been a long three days in Tempe, Ariz., for these athletes. Stepping off the plane on Thursday afternoon, they were cordially welcomed to the site of the Collegiate National Triathlon Championships by a scorching desert breeze and hundreds of scattered cacti. Friday was a rest day for most, but Cal’s top male and female triathletes placed third and second in the short, fast and highly competitive draft-legal race.