Mermaid Series Duathlon Capitola race recap

These Mermaid peeps know how to put on a race!!

It was the most awesomemess, funest, bestest race I’ve ever done!!

Yep, I totally just made up 3 words.


I’m going to try to make this short & sweet since I was really doing this race for fun.

Siri woke me up at 5:00am.

Did the usual pre race routine and was ever so grateful for the planning genes I have.

Even though half way there I realized I forgot my water bottles.  Oh well, that’s an easy fix.

We got to the race site early and set up my bike stuff in the transition area.


We had plenty of time to walk to the pier where the start line was and watch one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve ever seen.



We watched the Olympic triathletes take off on their swim.



I fell in love with Capitola.  It’s a laid back beach town that has so much charm and character.




Then it was time for my wave to start.


I felt really good and had a blast running next to the ocean.  It had 1 decent hill, but it wasn’t bad at all.

Transition was easy, though I’m sure I took way too long in the scheme of things.


Thank you Mike for handing me a bottle of water as I was heading out.  I was so happy and I really needed it.

I was so worried the bike portion would shred me.  But I was here for fun and kept telling myself to take it easy.  It’s not worth injuring yourself and missing out on Two Cities.

The course was beautiful and not as bad as I thought. It was very scenic too.


There were rolling hills & 3 steep ones.  I walked my bike up 2 of them.  Luckily I wasn’t the only one doing that.  Ha!

I saw a dead bat, a raccoon sleeping on the side of the road, various sports bottles, and a chick yack.

I think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but I can’t handle people yacking.  It’s right up there with my irrational fear of snakes.

Hi I’m Jacqueline and I freak out over things that have nothing to do with me.

I had a mini freak out, which is so dumb, then I got mad at myself for letting something so stupid mess up my mental game.

But I clipped my shoes in and kept on going.

Anyway I was taking it easy and still feeling great overall.

I made it back to transition for the run.  My forte.


My legs were tight and felt like Jell-O for the first half mile.  So I did the run/walk thing until they loosened up and I ran the rest of the way.


I was totally in my element. Running on the beach in the sun!!


Crossing the finish line was the best feeling in the world!!

I kept telling Mike I did it!!  I did it!!  <-goober alert

After overcoming several injuries and completing months of physical therapy I was finally able to do what I love again.  It feels so good to be back in the game.

Mike took a video of me running on the sand to the finish line so I’ll share it with you when I upload it from my phone.

I highly recommend this race.  I hope we live close to it next year!!  It was very organized, the course support was great and you really can’t beat the location.

Mike, thank you so much for your support, believing in me, driving, being my personal paparazzi, telling me you’d kick my butt if I gave up on the chick yack road and funding my crazy ideas with a smile on your face.  I don’t think I could never tell you how much I truly appreciate your support in something that makes me so happy.

So much for keeping this short.  Ha!

Did you race today?

Tell me about your day.


16 Comments on “Mermaid Series Duathlon Capitola race recap

  1. Congrats!!! I did race today. I did the San Jose R&R Half Marathon. My first :D. I’m recovering from an ankle injury and thought I would downgrade to the mini, but was feeling good, so decided to just push through and complete the half. I’m so glad I did.

  2. Congratulations! That looks like such a fun race! No racing for me this weekend and I was sad about it. There were not one but TWO halfs nearby and I stayed home to play with terriers and bagpipers. Even with all that fun I was still sad not to be running. Great job!

  3. Yay! You did awesome! I was looking forward to hearing your race recap. That looks like such a fun race and your outfit was ADORABLE! Where did you get it? Congrats:) Glad you had fun, although I’m really sorry about your IT/hamstring issues…so frustrating.

    • Thanks so much! The cycling top is Lululemon & the shorts are Nike Pro Combat. They have tons of cool colors too. My cycling shorts are Pearl Izumi.

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  8. So I found your Duathlon review (search box, Duathlon, presto! Imagine that?)…sounds like it was fun! And holy crap Capitola looks awesome, kinda like a place that is always on vacation!

    • Oh my gosh, it’s a lazy beach town. When you guys come visit, I will take you there. It’s just outside of Santa Cruz.

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