Known for its welcoming crowd and active lifestyle, it makes sense that San Diego is packed with droves of great triathlon groups! Closely related to our last post on the best triathlon training locations, we have put together our top 5 training groups in San Diego. Whether you're visiting the area or moving here, these are great groups to get in a great workout and meet new people!
1. Friday First Light Swim at La Jolla Cove with Tri Club San Diego
This happy crowd of swimmers and triathletes gather at 6.30 AM at the Cove every Friday throughout the year. Distances vary from 1/4 to 3 miles at varying paces down to 20 min/mile, and buoys are out in the summer. It's our favourite workout group, because the exuberance you feel following this exhilarating swim and breakfast at Pannikin in La Jolla will last well into your weekend.
2. Moment Bikes Hill Reps: Cabrillo Monument in Point Loma
All are welcome for these challenging yet all inclusive bike reps up the Cabrillo Monument. The ride leaves the Moment Cycles shop in Point Loma at 6.30 AM every Tuesday and Thursday, and the group can be as small as 3 or as big as 30. Don't miss these views of the Pacific on your descent!
3. Movin' Shoes Weekly Monday Night Run: From Pacific Beach or La Mesa store.
Starting at 6 PM on Mondays from the Movin' Shoes shops in both Pacific Beach and La Mesa, this friendly bunch will have you grinning from ear to ear. The out and back loop allows for anything from 2 to 6 mile options. Chatting or upping the pace; there's something for everyone. Once a month, the PB group heads up Mt Soledad for a challenging workout. Post run, the sweaty bunch heads to the local Tap Room for a drink and bite to eat.
4. UCSD Swimming Masters
Boasting an unbelievable 21 workouts per week in the outdoor 50m pools at UCSD, triathletes will be ecstatic. Under the sun and supervision of the legendary head Coach Sickie, workouts are tough, interesting and fun. Drop in fee is $10 or you can pay monthly/quarterly. Check out the current schedule here.
5. Del Mar Bike Ride
One of the longest running bike rides in San Diego, this group is organized by Tri Club of SD and heads north up the coast from Del Mar Starbucks through coastal towns. Distance options range from 30-60 miles: as its an out and back format, you can turnaround at Carlsbad, Oceanside or even go all the way to Camp Pendleton for 60 miles. Meet at 8 AM every Saturday at the Del Mar Starbucks!
As always, thanks for reading! There are so many great group workouts in SD that we couldn't list them all, but we hope we didn't miss one of your favorites? Let us know if we did!
Click here to read our post on the 5 Best Training Locations in San Diego.
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