ITU San Diego Triathlon

Elite men's swim start in Mission Bay.

Elite men’s swim start in Mission Bay.

Elite men cycle through the transition area.

Elite men cycle through the transition area.

Craig serving men's winner Alistair Brownlee on 10K run course.  Photos courtesy of Flo Hedwig.

Craig serving men’s winner Alistair Brownlee on 10K run course. Photos courtesy of Flo Hedwig.

San Diego hosted the ITU San Diego Triathlon on April 18-20. People were going to travel to San Diego from all over the world making this a very high profile international event. Our local triathlon community was in the spotlight so it was important that the event be successful. Over the 3 days I did 4 different volunteer jobs. The best job by far was working the run aid station for the women’s elite race on Friday and then the men’s elite race on Saturday.

The elite races were won by American Gwen Jorgensen for the women and Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee for the men. Alistair is the reigning Olympic Champion and clearly the fastest triathlete in the world. The day after the race Alistair was the featured speaker at the Triathlon Club of San Diego meeting. Alistair gave a great talk. He’s a very likeable guy and easy to cheer for even if he does talk funny. 10 days before the race the equally likeable Olympic Silver medalist Javier Gomez from Spain was the TCSD’s featured speaker.

Because I’ve been battling plantar fasciitis most of 2013 I opted to race in the Age Group Aquabike category – 1.5K swim and 40K bike. This was one of the few events that offers the Aquabike option. I really wish more races offered the Aquabike. It makes all the sense in the world since running injuries are more prevalent than anything else. I placed 4th in the men’s 50-54 age group and was so happy that I could still race even though I was injured.

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