Giovanna raced the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon last weekend. She placed first in her age group! Here is her mini post-race report:
The race was really fun! Very international, and although there were lines, it was well organized. Before I started, I was terrified about the run. When I started, I lost my goggles jumping off the boat, but the swim was not as bad as expected because a kayaker gave me another pair which miraculously fit, so all was fine. The bike was HARD. Not a lot of elevation but steep ups and downs and CA roads are really bad (really rough). The course was littered with bikes with flats, and there were a fair number of wipe outs too. Mostly around speed bumps. The run was also very hilly but that took the pressure off being fast. I biked and ran with people I met along the way- everyone was really nice.
In a nutshell, I would go back. It was super expensive, but understandable when you see what goes into it. I talked up BTW events to everyone I could. Hopefully I sparked some interest. I was approached by someone who had done Trifest and loved it. He will not be there this year as he is going to France, but he plans to come back. That’s about it.
I think the best thing was that I had no expectations, so I couldn’t let myself down!