Active City Spotlight: A Triathlete's Guide to San Diego

To this day, San Diego remains the best city on Earth to be a triathlete. The running routes are great. Cycling routes can feature coastline and mountains. Swimming can be in calm bays, choppy oceans or Olympic-sized pools. The weather almost always cooperates. Triathletes—thousands of them—surround you.

The city's love with triathlon is really just a microcosm of its love of being outside and being active in general. The mild temperatures make going outside a must. A run at the beach, a bike ride through the county's mountains or a swim in the ocean is an everyday occurrence.

Places to Go

Outside of the aforementioned running and cycling options, there's no better place to get an open water swim in then at La Jolla Cove. Buoys are aligned every quarter mile out from the cove so you know exactly how far you're going. Lifeguards are watching most of the day, and there are usually other swimmers out and about so you're not too isolated.

More than that, though, swimming La Jolla Cove is the chance to enjoy San Diego at its most beautiful. Since La Jolla Cove is a protected ecological park, no boats are allowed anywhere near you. It's not uncommon to see colorful fish underneath you or sea turtles nearby as you swim. Seals often perch on rocks adjacent to the cove and are barking as you arrive back from your workout.

If there is a bucket list for swimmers, La Jolla Cove should be on it.

Other places to swim:

  • Coronado: Glorietta Bay is tucked away into a calm area just off the shore of Coronado, with the San Diego skyline and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in your sightline.

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