I discovered triathlon on a whim when egged on by a group of co-workers, all ironmen. I figured if I'm going to live in California, this is the sort of thing I should do. What I found was something that gave me focus, purpose and goals. A reason to get up at 5am. It was something I never thought I'd love.
Malibu Virtual (2020)
0.5mi / 17mi / 4mi - 2:21:23
My lifeline during quarantine was the group of ocean swimmers that took me in. One of the few safe things to do during the pandemic, training gave me a goal, even if doing it in a mask was a bummer.
UCSB Kendra's Race (2020)
800m / 13mi / 5km - 1:38:42
I had big plans for the 2020 triathlon season, and had no idea what was in store. This gorgeous weekend in Goletta, CA was our last adventure before the world changed.
Santa Monica Christmas Run (2019)
10km - 55:29
I tend to be pretty srs and was totally unprepared for this goofy race. There's something novel to getting passed by someone in a giant green wig draped in blinking christmas lights.
Catalina Island Triathlon (2019)
0.5mi / 17km / 5km - 1:52:11
I celebrated my birthday with this gorgeous race. The course was some intense hills for which the Balona Creek bike path had not adequately prepared me.
Herbalife24 LA (2019)
1500m / 40km / 10km - 3:19:32
When the LA Triathlon returned, I used the opportunity to challenge myself to an olympic distance. The result was that I was thoroughly hooked on the sport.
Pasadena Reverse Sprint (2016)
3.1mi / 9.3mi / 150m - 1:12:06
Triathlon took a back seat to life in the intervening years, but I used this beginner-friendly race as an excuse to take a three-day weekend and get back into the sport.
Hansen Dam (2011)
500m / 11mi / 3.1mi
The race that began it all. Swimming in trunks and riding a commuter bike, I was over the moon just to have finished.