Monday, March 25, 2013

Oceanside 70.3 Race Preview

It seems like just a few weeks ago I was giving you great St Patrick's Day weekend plan ideas. Now, I'm here to dispense some Easter Sunday fun day plans. It's to watch Amber on Saturday as she competes at Oceanside 70.3 then spend Sunday with loved ones:)  This Friday, Amber and I head back out on the road, this time to Oceanside, California where Amber will be competing in another half Ironman. This will be a very packed weekend as we fly in Friday and out on Monday. Unlike San Juan where we made it into a vacation, this will be all business:) Well not all business as I plan to spend most of my days hanging out by the ocean or at the pool but business for Amber. Saturday is the race and Sunday she'll be spending Easter with her fellow Zoot Ultra Teammates at team camp. I look forward to that evenings dinner as last year we went to Stone Brewery.

This race will be Amber's second time at Oceanside and she is expecting to continue her great start to her 2013 season. San Juan was very competitive and Oceanside looks to be just as, if not more, competitive. As you can read from last year's race report, it is typically a very competitive race, but this year seems to be exceptionally so.
Just look at all of these top triathletes toeing the line this Saturday:

55 Melanie McQuaid
56 Heather Jackson
57 Mirinda Carfrae
58 Heather Wurtele
59 Amy Marsh
60 Linsey Corbin
61 Rachel Joyce
62 Lesley Paterson
63 Emma-Kate Lidbury
64 Annabel Luxford
65 Julia Gajer
66 Radka Vodickova
67 Camilla Pedersen
68 Terra Castro
69 Beth Shutt
70 Ali Black
71 Uli Bromme
72 Mirjam Weerd
73 Ewa Bugdol
74 Lisa Mensink
75 kathleen calkins
76 Danielle Kehoe
77 Michelle Mighdoll
78 Amber Ferreira
79 Beth Walsh
80 Lesley Smith
81 Mackenzie Madison
82 Mandy Mclane
83 Jennifer Tetrick
84 Karen Thibodeau
85 Adrienne Hengels
86 Jocelyn Cornman
As you can see from the list, there are A LOT of triathletes. Look a little closer and you'll see a lot of ITU and previous IM champions. This race is likely to be as fast, if not faster than Puerto Rico. While PR's bike course is definitely flatter than Oceanside, athletes won't have to contend with the heat as much which will likely produce much faster run times. I expect Amber to produce a substantially improved run time if it stays cool. Watch out girls, cause here she comes!

This Saturday March 30th at 6:43am(9:43ET) watch Amber tear apart Oceanside 70.3.


  1. Love reading about you, Amber and Ryan Kelly. I did two 1/2 Ironman last year and it was a lot of work, but the rewards of finishing were great. Would like to ask a favor, could you post a link to my website ? I am running across the state again and need all the help I can get. Not only financial, but folks to run with me.

    Dave Salvas - Gate City Strider

    1. Hi Dave,
      Thanks for reading. Just looking up your website but it wouldn't connect. Can you double check that it's listed correctly?

      We'd definitely be interested in doing a bio on you, that sounds like a good challenge. Let me know more details. Thanks!