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Old 08-13-2010   #1 (permalink)
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San Francisco, Sonoma County, & The Vineman Triathlon 2010 California Trip Report

This trip revolved around one thing: My dad completing the Vineman Iron-Distance Triathlon. That being said, the journey to this trip started about 6 years ago when my dad told me that he wanted to complete an IronMan triathlon. When he told me last August that he was planning on doing this triathlon, I was very excited. There would be 7 of us going on this trip, my dad, my 2 younger sisters, my dad's girlfriend, and her 2 older kids.

After countless hours of researching houses, hotels, trips, and the actual triathlon itself, the past 11 months just flew by.

Iron-Distance triathlon includes:

2.4 mile swim
112 mile bike
26.2 mile run

I will go ahead and say that my dad did not finish what he came to do. I will post more details later, but he gave it all he had that day. The planning is in for him to attempt another one, as early as this fall.


I will continue with the report this evening, when I get pictures loaded and everything else. This should be a fun report.
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Can't wait to read the rest of this (don't forget the pics)! I couldn't even complete one leg of that ironman- so what your dad did accomplish is astonishing to me. I know it's heartbreaking to come so close, though.
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I'm excited to read this report! Sorry to hear that your dad was not able to finish what he had set out to do. Hopefully he'll do better in the fall. But kudos to him for even attempting it. There is no way I would be able to do a triatholon!
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I can' t wait TJ...great area, great story lead in....bring it on!
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What a great experience Tyler.
I don't know why your dad couldn't finish...but it is not important. What is important is spending time with family, and knowing that family supports you in one of your life-goals.
I wish all of you the best as he tries to finish the next one.
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Spending time with family

Hope you can post a few pics to.
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Day 1&2



I flew out to San Fran on a Monday, a full day and half before the rest of the family arrived. When I landed at 11am local time, I got my bags and a cab and had him take me to the hotel. I stayed at the Travelodge Hotel South, a very cheap hotel @ $85/night, but it was a very clean and nice hotel.

After I got all settled in, I walked over to the BART(Bay Area Rapid Transit) station and bought my fare to go downtown.

Pretty much the rest of the day was spent playing tourist in the downtown area/Fishermans Warf. I was very pleased with the people there, and how clean it really was. I ate a sourdough bowl of clam chowder for lunch, it was the best bowl of Chowder I have ever eaten. It was at a place called Chowders in Peir 39 if you're ever down there.

Then I decided to rent a bike and bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. This was both a great idea, and a terrible idea. It was a very very beautiful ride, but also very cold/windy out. I started at Peir 39 and rode to the bridge, then across the bridge, then to a little town called Sausalito and took the very back to San Fran. Overall I would say that it was well worth the money.

From there, I pretty much was spent, so I took the train back to my hotel, ordered room service and went to bed.

The following day, Tuesday, was fairly uneventful. Just a lot of me waiting for the rest of the family at the airport. Once they arrived around 4pm when got their bags, got the rental car, and we were off. It was about a 2 hr drive the house we rented, but well worth it. By the time we got to the house, we had enough time to check it out, then everyone pretty much crashed.


Before I knew it, the best vacation I have ever had was under way



***I will post pics as soon as I can figure out what's going on with Photobucket***
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Wow TJ - sounds wonderful!!
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A suburb of San Fran called Daly City:

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BART (The Train)



I thought this was neat



Port of San Francisco:



One of the larger streets downtown:



My first view of Alcatraz:



Pier 39



These guys were neat, but man they smelled bad!



The best bowl of chowder I have ever had:





More coming soon!
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Golden Gate Bridge:









Alcatraz from the ferry:









Some Randoms from Day 1 & 2:





















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Day 3



For the most part, I guess that you could say that day 3, Wednesday, was an uneventful day. I was the first one up, so I made coffee and sat out on the deck and enjoyed the weather. My dad and his girlfriend were the next 2 up, so all three of us took a trip into town. We picked up dad's bike from the rental office, where we had it shipped from back home. Then we went grocery shopping for the week.

By the time that we got back, everyone else was up and ready to go. Most of the day was spent using the canoe or kayak that were provided or just relaxing.

By mid afternoon, my dad and I were becoming very frustrated with putting his bike together, and had many issues with if. After lots of bickering back and forth, we took a very very quiet car ride into the local bike shop to have them look at it. It turns out that when my dad had the local bike shop back home install a new chain before leaving, they put the wrong size on! So we go that fixed and were back at the house just in time for dinner. After dinner, everyone was pretty much calmed down, so we decided to take a drive into the local fishing town, Jenner and check out the coast.

I will say that the Northern coast is beautiful. The weather however, is not. It is cold and windy. But the scenes were so worth it..AMAZING. After watching the "sunset" on the coast, we all loaded up and headed back.

After a rough start to the day, it ended very well. This is also where I realized just how much of a bond that my two sisters and I would begin to share.....
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enjoy your fam, tj
the older we get the closer my brother, sister and i become
it's a great thing, nothing like your own blood
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Looking forward to the rest, TJ.
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This is cool TJ! I was right here just a few days after you! You are right about the chowder. I bought 4 sourdough bowls and 2 cans of chowder to bring home.
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