Things You Didn't Know About the Morro Bay Tri, But Should!
This year is our third annual Morro Bay Triathlon, and we're pretty excited about it. Though we had originally planned to expand into a kids' tri, we decided to stay the course and just keep improving what we've got. Tris can be really hard compared to other events we do because they have so many elements and are so spread out. With adventure races, the element of the unknown is welcome by competitors, but not with tris. It's a totally different expectation on the part of the athlete - you are there to get ‘er done, and anything that qualifies for adventure elements is usually just an obstacle to your course PR. There should be no surprises.
While this is both an elite and beginner-friendly course, it's fairly adventurous compared to an all-road tri or pool swim. So, with that said, let's explore some things you didn't know about the course and race but should! *The bay is cold, but protected. This is not a true open water swim compared to going out into the middle of a lake or the ocean itself, and, as often comes up as a joke when we do presentations on the development of the race, there really aren't sharks. But, if there were, we've got plans in place to handle it. *The bay is not that cold. Sure, maybe you're used to warmer water, but honestly, every single person that's expressed concerns to me about it during registration has come back and told me it wasn't that bad. If you're worried about temperatures, I hope that's true for you, too. *There are two transition areas - this is mandated by the city planners we work with. Trust us, it's not as easy for us to manage, either, but it does make for a smoother course overall, and keeps you from running into crowds that could slow you down in a bigger, single transition area. *The bike course is not closed. Unless the tri grows to many thousands of individuals, it doesn't make financial sense. We do, however, have the course well-marked and well protected with volunteers and law officials. People that get off course do so because they ignore the markings and the individuals with flags yelling at them. The Morro Bay PD still likes to joke about some of the people the first year who ignored them and went completely the opposite direction. *There are traffic lights on the course. It's a bit of a buzz-kill getting into the swing of things, but you're riding through town and down historic, picturesque highway one - as a local rider, it's just part of the movement of the ride. Plus, EVERYONE gets stopped, you won't lose time because of this, and no one's going to pass you - if they blow a light and we catch them, they're done. *Yes, you have to exit at off-ramps. No, we aren't getting creative about the course: it's actually the law with regarding riding on highways - it's just that those of us who ride highways regularly either don't know this or ignore it. This is a rule of the course instituted by the authorities, not a creative measure on our part. *The run is pretty adventurous - you'll be going through dirt and boardwalk, neighborhoods, down a bit of rock, going over a creek, and through mostly hard-pack sand with the last few yards on soft sand. That's what you get with All Out Events. It's supposed to be the journey, and giving you a tour of the area, a truly unspoiled California beach location, means getting to run on different types of terrain. *We have a paddle division! If you hate swimming, or just like paddling, enter our kayak or stand up paddle board divisions! They have a handicapped course designed to take about the same amount of time as the swim, so finishing times should still be pretty accurate with regular course times. Something for everyone! *Yes! Relays are available! Pick a leg and do it as a team! What a great way to spend a morning at the beach! *Morro Bay is a wonderful little jewel with neat shops, amazing eating and hotels, and lots to do. Get some taffy and visit the friendly sea lions at Tognazinni's Too when you check in!
See you October 13th event at http://www.morrobaytri.com/