It’s been a loooong time since I posted last. Lots has happened in my life, but little of it has anything to do with triathlon or training or even maintaining my fitness levels. However, lately, as my life has started to slow down again, I have been thinking about training, getting back into shape, and making some goals. Today I was inspired to the utmost excitement as I learned that a fellow Saskatoon triathlete has “won” a spot in the 2013 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon!!!
Escape from Alcatraz has been on my bucket list ever since I visited San Francisco in 2007. It was amazing to see the water and the prison out there. Maybe it’s kind of weird of me to think that it would be interesting to know what the three men felt like when they attempted to swim the channel felt like. Not maybe, it’s definitely weird of me to think that.
The water is around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, which is around 13 degrees Celsius. In water even a few degrees changes how it feels significantly. The bike ride has an elevation profile that looks like the fangs of the sharks that inhabit the swimming area. The run is basically two huge hills (the elevation looks like… well… breasts) – you run up one hill, run down, then you run up the next one and down the other side. It’s a killer course – literally! Don’t believe me? Check it out!
Every year people put their name in for a “lottery” draw. Instead of 2000 people winning money, they get to win the spot to pay money to do the deadliest triathlon course in the world! What more could a person want?!
Call me a masochist (it wouldn’t be the first time), but I want to do this race so badly it kind of hurts. I put my name in one year for it, but I didn’t “win.” Maybe in the next 10 years I’ll get the guts to try again to get in. I have other goals to accomplish first (I’m lookin’ at you, IM Coeur d’Alene), but someday I’ll crush Escape from Alcatraz. For now, I’ll live vicariously through my triathlon buddy.
Here’s a photo from Sean Tiner’s blog: