Triathlon, not for the faint of heart

The word Triathlon by itself is enough to make sweat appear and knees ache. The race is notoriously known for being both physically and mentally demanding, pushing competitors to find their limits.  

The Triathlon Club is home to nine members and two coaches and is free to join. The club typically races in three to five events throughout the semester. 

They compete against other colleges such as Chico, UC Davis, and Stanford and in local races such as the upcoming Marin Triathlon.

The team recently finished the DiabloMan Triathlon where David Wentworth took first place in the 19th and under category and the first through third spots were taken by Sonoma students as well including Erik Zaro, who finished in second place. Club President, Sebastián Carrizosa came in at seventh place. 

“Ive been doing triathlons for three years and DiabloMan was by far the hardest one,” said

Carrizosa, “it’s a near 4000 foot vertical climb up the mountain followed by a 5K. I’ve ridden my bike from here to Los Angeles and this triathlon was much harder than that ride.” 

“I was very impressed with everyone who competed, they looked really strong and even stayed afterwards to help out,” said Tayler Hockett, running coach for the club for the past three years. 

The club competes in sprint triathlons, which means that the distances are shorter but the pace is much faster. A sprint triathlon consists of a 750-yard swim, followed by a 15 to 20 mile bike ride and fished off with a 5K run. 

The equipment necessary to compete in a triathlon includes a bike, a pair of running shoes and goggles. 

“I’ve seen people riding on cursers and they have completed triathlons, but then you also have the guys riding $10,000 triathlon bikes,” said Carrizosa.

The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. and goes for a 15-mile bike ride to start off their morning.

Then later in the afternoon, they meet again and go for a run either at the track or around town. 

On Fridays, the club meets at the pool to practice the swimming aspect of the races as a team.

“I’m really excited about the team this year, they all work very hard, and we have a lot of fun,”  said Hockett. “There isn’t a practice that goes by that we don’t have fun and laugh and really get to know each other.”

“Don’t hesitate to come to a practice and check it out,” said Erik Zaro, vice president of the club. “Joining was one of the best choices I’ve made in college. It keeps you in shape, healthy and active. We love to take in new people who thought that they could never finish a triathlon.”

“I would tell anyone who’s ever wanted to do it to just start now,” said Carrizosa. “It teaches you a lot about perseverance because the demands can be pretty grueling. It’s just like anything in life. If you put in the work and just keep pushing though when you’re faced with obstacles and challenges, you’ll accomplish anything.” 

 Carrizosa added, “It takes someone who is a little bit crazy to do a Triathlon, anyone who thinks they are crazy enough to try it, I say, we’re waiting for you.”

For more information about the Triathlon and how to join, contact Club President, Sebastián Carrizosa at ssutriathlon@gmail.com, or visit the SSU Triathlon Facebook page.