Team Oceana ended its inaugural triathlon season last month in Malibu, but there's already plenty of buzz building up to 2010. For starters, we have two athletes from Southern California, Steven and Merrie Regalado, who want to complete the entire Nautica series next year. Steven and Merrie raced twice in the last month alone and will compete in an Ironman 70.3 in Austin this upcoming weekend - that's a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run!
For the 2010 Nautica New York City Triathlon, we already have two spots spoken for by a pair of ocean-loving volunteers from the 2009 event and OCYC Commodore Kristen Berry will likely want to head back to New York to conquer the Hudson again. For South Beach, we hope our two athletes from last spring return for next April's race, but they better bring some friends because we want to grow that team by 10-15 people. The rumors around here are that Oceana Executive Vice President Jim Simon may spend this winter conditioning so he can be one of those new team members in South Beach.
We're actively brainstorming ideas for improving our program, so if you have any suggestions, please leave comments below or email me.
But before getting too ahead of myself, I still have some unfinished business from 2009. I owe a big thanks to LA Tri Club, the Santa Barbara Tri Club, Transcend Racing, and former Climate Change Campaign Intern Isaac Pearlman for helping promote our spots for the Malibu race. Nautica also deserves a big thanks because Oceana has almost $50,000 more in donations thanks to our participation in their 2009 races. Lastly, thanks to all the athletes and volunteers that made the 2009 series both productive and fun.