Triathletes began the migration to the campground at Lake San Antonio today for what many consider the kick-off to the North American triathlon season—the Wildflower Triathlon.
One of eight events organized by Tri-Cal, Wildflower is the cultural hub of West Coast triathlon and one of the country’s most challenging long-course events.
Conditions on Thursday were windy and cool. The water temperature in Lake San Antonio (a reservoir) is a chilly 64 degrees—a couple of degrees colder than is usual for this time of year. After a brisk morning, the air temperature inched up to 65 degrees.
Many athletes training on the bike leg of the course during the early part of the day wore leg warmers, but by noon, arm warmers and a thin base layer under a jersey were enough for most riders to be comfortable.
Winds are expected to die down over the next couple of days, but competitors should plan for water temps no higher than 65.
Those who are camping should prepare to bundle up; nighttime temperatures in nearby Paso Robles, California have been dipping below 40 degrees lately.
For more on the Wildflower bike course, check out this video from Thursday.