San Diego or Bust!
Follow along with Zane Schweer and second-year age group triathlete Siphiwe Baleka as they share their experiences on the open road while covering over 2,700 miles to deliver bikes from across the country to the birthplace of triathlon.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Some thoughts from a truck-driving triathlete . . .
Our San Diego or Bust one-truck-convoy has reached the Denver area and I have a few moments to share my thoughts. Its amazing that I am driving a Prime Inc. truck for USA Triathlon to carry bicycles to the ITU World Triathlon San Diego race. This is only my second year in triathlon, but I have learned and experienced so much.
Last year I drove my truck and delivered a load at Ben & Jerry's, then parked my truck and competed in the USAT Age Group National Championships in Burlington, VT. I had a great race and an even greater experience. It was there were I met Tim Yount of USAT.
Like many triathletes, I ate and slept all things triathlon. I read all the magazines and books, and watched all the ITU races. So when Tim called me with the idea of transporting bikes to San Diego in the back of a Prime trailer, I was thrilled. An opportunity to see all the elite athletes I was watching on http://triathlonlive.tv
I, however, had no experience with packing or shipping bikes in my trailer, so I had to call in some expertise. The first person I called was Zane Schweer of Jack Kane Custom Racing Bicycles which was a sponsor of the Endurance Films Racing Team and who served as our teams bike specialist in Burlington. It was Zane who assured us this could be done and came up with the packing plan and logistics and everything. With Zane on board, it became a road trip. San Diego or Bust!
A lot of people ask me how I am able to train and compete as a triathlete while living on the road as a truck driver. to find out, read my post How I Do It on my website:
Well, in two more days we will be in San Diego and I will be getting ready to race! See you all there!
Siphiwe Baleka, ZuluRoadmaster
214th at 2012 Ironman South Africa
Pictures: Saying goodbye to my son TaNihisi, Getting Mike's truck washed, my co-driver Mike, Zane packing the bikes