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Malibu Triathlon Details
Race Day: Sunday September 12th 2010
Location: Zuma Beach, Malibu CA
First Wave starts at 7AM

SPE Group Training
Details to come

(see our calendar embedded in this blog page for further details)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Should I wear a wetsuit for the triathlon swim and can I use the same one I use for Surfing?

The first thing to find out is whether wetsuits are permitted in the race you are entering. Some events do not allow the use of a wetsuit. Others actually force you to wear a wetsuit. In general, there will normally be advice for each event on whether they encourage the use of a wetsuit or not.
Malibu Triathlon encourages the use of a wetsuit in it's event but it is not enforced.

So would I encourage the use of a wetsuit? My answer is always Yes. Unless a race is in a pool or the distance is short, I would always encourage the use of a wetsuit.

The reason for this is the time advantage that it gives you. Okay, so the waters off Malibu for the last couple of years have been at 61°F so having a wetsuit for the warmth factor alone is a good enough reason, but a wetsuit gives you buoyancy. Buoyancy during a swim is your friend. It allows your body to lay flat in the water and reduces drag. During a 20 minute race, you will probably save about 3-4 minutes due to wearing a wetsuit. You will need to take this suit off before getting on your bike but this time is nothing compared to the time you have already made up during the swim.

So can I use my wetsuit I use for surfing? My answer to that is No. Technically you could, but wetsuits designed for swimming are specifically designed to have thick rubber where warmth is needed but the rubber thins considerable where articulation is needed such as the under arm areas. This means that you are not restricted during the swim but still get the benefits of a full wetsuit.

I would also encourage the use of body lubrication such as Body Glide. This can be applied in the areas of most articulation such as the under arms, neck and importantly the lower legs, as the last one will help you remove the wetsuit easier.

If you need to get a wetsuit you can either rent one for the race if you don't want to commit right now or XTERRA is the official sponsor for this years race and will be offering a 50% discount on their Vortex3 wetsuit. Use the following code to get our team discount: C-SONY

As always, it is not recommended to try something new on race day so make sure you get access to your wetsuit before hand and practice swimming in the ocean in it as well as getting out of it when it is wet. You don't want to be getting this wrong in the race.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

What is Triathlon ?

A triathlon is an endurance sports event consisting of running, biking, and swimming over various distances. As a result, proficiency in swimming, cycling, or running alone is not sufficient to guarantee a triathlon athlete a competitive time. Trained triathletes have learned to race each stage in a way that preserves their energy and endurance for subsequent stages. In most modern triathlons, these events are placed back-to-back in immediate sequence and a competitor's official time includes the time required to "transition" between the individual legs of the race, including any time necessary for changing clothes and shoes.
Our Race : Malibu Classic distance , is a sprint triathlon . The event distances consist of 800 meters swim followed by 18 mile bike ride and finishes with a 4 mile run .

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Triathlon Training

Training will start shortly and slowly with one session of each sport per week. This will establish a base to build on towards completing the race in September.

Team group training will be as follows:
  • Swim will be on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Culver City Plunge Pool in Culver City. Lap swim Cost is $4 , 15 visit passes are available . Pool is located in Veterans Park on SW corner of Overland and Culver , plenty of parking available or short walk south from the SPE Overland gate.
  • Run will be Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in Culver City. Meet at Veterans Park on SW corner of Overland and Culver near the playground , plenty of parking available or walk south from the SPE Overland gate.
  • Bike POSTPONED - look instead for brick (multi-sport) workouts at Zuma beach
As we get organized these workouts will be expanded, especially if groups cannot make these times.

SPE Triathlon Team

Home of the SPE Triathlon Team

Race day is September 13th 2009

at Zuma Beach in Malibu

First wave starts at 7 am