The Tri Rock San Diego Triathlon is a great experience. I’ve done it a few years now and make it a family event. Find a nice hotel within walking distance to the course and enjoy the beauty of San Diego. The packet pick up is easy and quick. The expo is rather small for an event of this size (my opinion). But the people there and volunteers are all very helpful. I did the Olympic distance race and had a bit of trouble with the swim. I thought it was a bit confusing which buoys to round. Maybe it’s my fault for not attending one of the pre-race talks. Other than than it’s a bummer you can’t jump in and warm up a bit before your wave starts. It’s pretty much jump in and get ready to go. There’s a boat at the start of the race with a band. Nice touch! The bike course has changed a few times. The last time I did it the course went towards the airport and had 3 loops. Not a big fan of loops! And the course got a bit crowded with the merging of the Oly and Sprint competitors. The run is about as flat as you can get. Right along the boardwalk and out past Seapoint Village. Incredible scenery for the last leg of the race. And there are bands every mile. Great to get your mind off the pain. But beware of pedestrians/tourists that tend to wander into the trail even though it’s marked. The post race festival is one of the best around. Beer garden and live concert. Be sure to stick around and chat up other triathletes. I plan on attending this event every year. Great race!