Race Report: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon


When NYC personal trainer and triathlon coach Sara Dimmick decided to train for the 2010 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon she turned to Trismarter.com for her triathlon coaching needs. Sara, the President and Founder of Physical Equilibrium in NYC, competed in Alcatraz in 2008. Her time in 2010 was three minutes faster with only three months of training. From Sara’s race report:

“Starting the bike I took in fluids and some shot bloks to get some fast calories in. I attacked the bike and the 18 miles were much easier (even with those massive climbs) than I remembered from 3 years ago. I passed Michele in Golden gate park but I knew she’d come back on the run!

Dropping off my bike I quickly transitioned to the run. If I had a run similar to what I did the last time I knew I was on course to beat my goal. The first 3 miles I had great splits even for going uphill for mile 2-3. But mile 4 was along the beach in the sand, and then a huge climb up the sand ladder and then another quarter mile uphill. My split that mile was 14:30 and that was not good! I knew I’d have to run an excellent last 5k in under 30 minutes so I pushed myself hard. I passed lots of people on the downhills and stair descents. The last mile and a half was flat to the finish line. I was going as hard as I could go. Legs burning! I could tell I was going to come in under my 2007 time and I did by about 3 min. Escape from Alcatraz is a great, unique race that is super fun. A race I’ll never forget!”

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