Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
So they held the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon last weekend...yes, last weekend. With an open water swim, in the San Francisco Bay, water temperature around 55 degrees.
To absolutely no one's surprise, the swim conditions were brutal...and one competitor died. Story from Slowtwitch here. Another race article here.
Sure, it's easy to say in hindsight, but come on, who thought that swimming in the Bay in early March would go well? They moved the race from its usual date in June because of a conflict with the America's Cup, but really, was there no other warm-weather weekend available?
Here's a photo gallery of the race from Slowtwitch so you can see the conditions for yourself.
The whole thing is sad. A needless death and a needless black eye for the sport of triathlon.