Saturday, May 2, 2009

Rocky Point Triathlon- Our First!

At 57 years of age, I decided it was time to join in the "fun" at the annual Rocky Point Triathlon. Held April 18, 2009 at the Las Palomas Resort on Sandy Beach, it was a great event....and I am alive to write about it! Julie joined in on the fun............but we had to prepare!

After 30 years of running, the three months of training taught me the new sports of swimming and cycling- and Julie, always the swimmer, learned to love the cycling as well.
It was a great event, great "Chamber of Commerce" weather, and a good turnout of approx. 600 people- inspite of lots of negative press about traveling to Mexico. Many atheletes were visiting Puerto Peñasco for the first time and said they could not believe what a great spot on the beach this is! Our hats off to "Red Rock Company" for their excellent work on pulling the whole thing off without a hitch.

One of our favorite reasons for living in Rocky Point has been the ability to run, bike or swim year round. With a full wetsuit we were able to prepare for the open water swim in January. The roads in Las Conchas are composed of sand and clay and make for a perfect running
surface as well as a great mountain biking area. If you train 3 months on a mountain bike, the transition to the road bike is a piece of cake!

Here is a shot of the beach in Las Conchas. Not a bad place for open water training! And while we viewed our venture of participating in the Triathlon as a once in a lifetime experience...........we may be back for more!

Larry & Julie

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