|First pack comes out of the water in the 2012 Escape from Alcatraz triathlon (swim leader Andy Potts came out about 1 minute earlier)|
We headed out at 6:30 am by bike. Our destination: the 2012 Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.
|Unusually clear views for early morning in San Francisco. Just a tiny bit of mist!|
We reached the swim "exit" in the Marina and hung around watching the swimmers approach through binoculars. It was a gorgeous, gorgeous day here in SF, and the morning was unusually warm and quite clear.
|Age groupers come out of the water at the 2012 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Tons of swimmers are visible in the bay at this point.|
It was super cool to see the swimmers exit the water and run along the beach. The bay seemed unusually surf-y and several people were toppled by waves as they tried to run onto the beach.
|Ouch! Barefoot runner heading to T1|
After a while, we headed out to the bike course, pausing to watch the wetsuit strippers in action and to watch people start the longish run to T1. Some folks did it without shoes, but most stopped to put on sneakers.
|Heading out on the bike course, on Crissy Field Ave|
We rode out along the Crissy Field bike path and watched the riders, mostly age-groupers at this point. Dan stopped to help a guy with his bike- his rear brake had locked up. They ended up disabling his rear brake so he could ride.
|Riders heading out towards the Golden Gate bridge|
|Pretty portion of Escape from Alcatraz run course|
The run course is super scenic and follows trails along the area near the Golden Gate bridge.
|Escape from Alcatraz runners approach the sand ladder on Baker Beach|
We missed the top of the sand ladder (off of Lincoln Ave), so headed down to Baker Beach to the base of the sand ladder. This involved some riding on sand, portage down a log staircase, then some pushing of bikes along a long stretchy of beach. Cyclocross anyone?? Our reward: a great view of the racers coming up the beach, confronting the sand ladder, then heading on up...
|The sand ladder on the Escape from Alcatraz run course|
|Runners head up the sand ladder on the 2012 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon|
After a while, we headed home on the bike course through Lincoln Park and down to the Great Highway (the roads were still closed though all of the riders were through at this point), then turned off into Golden Gate park to head homewards. I had a major cranky bonk at this point, even though we'd done only about 20 miles of riding-- too much time in the sun without eating, I think. Dan was a very nice boyfriend and bought me a smoothie at the Haight street fair, which helped a lot. Thanks Dan!
|2012 Escape from Alcatraz runners on Baker Beach|
|Thanks Dan for a wonderful day (and for the anti-bonk smoothie and for carrying my camera when my back got tired)|