This meetup offers two meetup activities, each of which I enjoy greatly and look forward to sharing time outdoors with others who come to these meetup events.
The first is organizing these non-competitive social triathlons described below. A second activity is organizing longer trail runs in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
After doing a few competitive triathlons myself, a friend gave me the idea to create my own friends based, non competitive, "social" triathlon events.
Unlike regular competitive tri events that are:
(1) Too expensive!
(2) Always start at too early of hours in the morning!
(3) Difficult to make new friends when everyone is trying to be competitive and get their best time and little time to connect!
(4) Can be overwhelming for many to even participate since most persons feel they aren't good enough athletes to even try and a support network is needed to get you started!
I decided to create the "Tri-With-Scott" group to have triathlons that are great exercise, fun and social and almost zero cost (the cost of the public pool entry). Since the group was formed about 3 years ago, we have done over 40 tri-with-scott "social triathlons" that are:
Non Competitive.. we all swim for about 20-40 minutes in a local pool, get out and shower, bike together for 5-8 miles, then lock our bikes and run 3-5 miles, and bike back 5-8 miles and then all go out for coffee and conversation after wards!
Social - The goal of the group is to stick together.. there are no winners in our events, only fun and friendships
Fun - Fairly obvious
Supportive - We will help get new triathletes who have never done a tri before or even considered one started into the fun world of swimming, biking and running..
The group has also organized 3 annual Sierra social triathlons at Pinecrest with an open water swim and also organized other individual trail runs, swims and bike rides.
If you have a swim suit and goggles, a bike with some inflated tires and a pair of running shoes and looking for a fun time exercising with friends in a fun, social, non competitive environment, this is for you!
Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Runs
In addition to organizing triathlon events, I am interested in organizing longer 6+ miles) trail runs in the Santa Cruz Mountains. There is a unlimited set of wonderful running trails in the Pennisula and South bay/ Santa Cruz Mountains. If you are interested in trail running, please sign up even if you are not interested in the Triathlon events.