Saturday, October 9, 2010

Orange County Olympic Triathlon


Unfortunately, the OC Olympic Triathlon website lacks good course maps so it wasn't until today that I got the info I needed to drive the bike and run course.  It turns out I've ridden most of the bike course before - about a year ago.  It's a rolling course with a 3-5% grade going either up or down the entire way.  These should be some good hills - they won't be impossible to climb and they will be fast going down.  The road surface is good and the scenery is awesome.  Should be fun.

What I didn't know anything about was the run course.  I drove what I could of it as much of the route is on closed bike path.  But on the parts that I could drive, I was none too pleased to discover the THE MIGHTY HILL OF DEATH at mile 3.  This half mile stretch of guaranteed pain looks like it averages what, a 13-14% grade?  I'm too tired to figure it out exactly, but clearly there is far too much purple for my liking.


This race is inland in the foothills of the Santa Ana mountains.  The swim is in a lake, so I don't have to worry about the surf, jellyfish, sharks or stingrays.  But I do have to deal with frickin' Mt. Everest.  I'm not sure I like this trade off.

That said, it is what it is.  It will be good practice for the Hawaii 70.3.

Good luck to everyone else racing tomorrow.

11 comments:

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Man the blog looks great! If you do have as well in your race you will rock it!

Caratunk Girl said...

Love the blog look!!

Good luck, you are going to rock it.

misszippy said...

Love your new look, especially the pup swimming!

Go kill that hill!

lindsay said...

work that hill!! have a great race patrick.

i lol'd at the dog in 'swim'.

P said...

LMAO at the "doggy paddling" pic!!
I'm pretty sure you're going to kick ass at this race, in spite of all that purple - can't wait to hear about it!!

The Green Girl said...

I can't wait to hear all about it!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Good luck dude -- love the new header pics. Nice design and the dog is awesome!

ajh said...

I agree the blog looks great! Good luck on the hill of death!

Aimee said...

I hope your tri went well today! That hills sounds crazy!!

I also like your new blog look! The pictures are great! :)

Colleen said...

I'm with the others... love the new blog look! :)

Hope today went well!

Glenn Jones said...

You're done by now (I hope) ;-).

Looking forward to the race report....

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