Golden Gate Triathlon, San Francisco, June 28, 2010
Melissa Lewis entered the sprint distance race and took third for women overall with a time of 1:40:20. This was her first race since recovering from a broken shoulder and surgery in January. This local race is one of the most beautiful and the most challenging. Athletes must anticipate the currents and manage the chop and swell on the swim then tackle the steep climbs and technical turns on the bike. The views from the Golden Gate Bridge make it all worthwhile.
MermaidTri, Alameda, CA June 6, 2010
Gina Tribolet and Linka Watridge crossed the Bay to participate in the Mermaid Series Sprint triathlon in Alameda. Their quick transitions and fast bike times helped them earn 9th place in their respective age groups. According to Linka “the Mermaid Triathlon is a great “first time” triathlon as the swim course is a straight line with relatively warm water, the bike is flat and fast and the run is a flat “out and back” course on a dirt trail along the water. This is also a really good training event for seasoned triathletes. The volunteers were great and the race was well organized. I will definitely participate in this event again!”
Wildflower Triathlon, May 2, 2010
Kailey Lewis and Lisa Gorham competed in the Wildflower Olympic Triathlon for the first time. They finished the race with outstanding times of 3:19:00 and 3:22:14 respectively surviving the hills and the heat.
I have never been so nervous in my life. I picked the WildFlower race as my first triathlon. Melissa Lewis convinced me I was ready, so I decided to just go do it. It also helped I was doing the race with a friend I met through the Tri group. It was a great experience. I can’t describe the feeling I had crossing the finish line. I trained hard with the TriNow group and finished exactly where I wanted to! The energy and people at the race were all positive. It was also the most organized race I have ever been at. Needless to say, I will be going back to beat my time next year. There were different distances and all levels of fitness. I’d recommend this race for anyone.
Escape from Alcatraz, May 2, 2010
Cyndi Devereaux, a first time competitor in this event, was a top 10 finisher in her age group finishing in 3:08:29 had this to say about the event:
“Escape from Alcatraz is one of the most unique and beautiful races I have done. I had a blast and hope to do it again next year if I get selected from the lottery. The race is very well organized and the course was so inspiring with the swim from Alcatraz island to the yacht club, biking along the Coast and into Golden Gate park, and then running to Baker Beach and back which included the daunting “Sand Ladder”.
Jumping off the boat was by far the most exciting experience of the race. The view of the city was stunning and the energy on the boat by the participants was electric. I was glad I had done a lot of open water swimming prior to the race because it made the swim much for manageable. One thing though, my feet and hands were frozen by the time I got out of the water at the yacht club.
The bike course is really crowded and gets pretty narrow at times. Since the race didn’t start with waves, you just jump off the boat when you want, it allows for all different levels on the bike course and that can be pretty frustrating and somewhat dangerous on the downhills and hairpin turns.
The run was just so darn beautiful and the sand ladder wasn’t really that bad. The support on the race was unbelievable, especially when you are coming into the chute and finishing the race.”
Showdown at Sundown Vineman Triathlon April 17, 2010
Three TriNow athletes entered the Showdown to kick-off their spring triathlon racing season. Cyndi Devereaux and Kailey Lewis both came in 3rd in their age group and Lisa Gorham came in 7th in her age group.
Marin County Triathlon, November 1, 2009
Cyndi Devereaux and Hannah Hudson both competed and had outstanding finishes. Hannah, a first time triathlon competitor had this to say about the race: “Today was so much fun. I took all of your [Melissa’s] advice to heart and really enjoyed myself and learned so much about how it all comes together.”
The TriNow Relay team, Melissa Lewis – swim, Julia Violich – bike and Linka Watridge – run, placed 2nd in the women’s relay, with a time of 2:26:52.
Raquel Feeney also joined a relay team, “j’en peux plus”, with her husband, Patrick and friend Danny Le Francois.
Napa Valley Sprint Tri, May 3, 2009
Liz Lui, Gina Tribolet, and Linka Watridge entered the Napa Valley Sprint Tri up at Lake Berryessa. This was Liz’s first triathlon and the smile on her face says it all! She’s hooked.