Those of you triathletes that have been taking part in the Ocean Speed Circuit in Santa Monica know many things. You know that all levels of triathletes show up for this fun set-your-own-pace triathlon workout. You also know that that forgetting to pay your parking will bring the wrath of all that is holy and Santa Monica down upon thy car and pocket book. But finally, you know that that there are very few surf showers for rinsing off after the open water swim.
While you may see this as an illustration of how much the city of Santa Monica loves triathletes and surfers, the truth is that that they are doing it to make these facilities fully accessible to our friends with disabilities. That’s a winning combo: disabled, triathletes and surfers. The new facilities will be accessible in 8 locations across the Santa Monica beach front.
Let’s face it, fellow triathletes. The showers are key to getting the grime of the ocean off of your skin. The showers provide a great way to wash the salt and pollution from your skin, hair and eyes. Also it enables us to wash our wetsuits with the ease and facility only found in our showers at home. That’s a huge!
The number of triathletes that show up for this open water workout have increased by leaps and bounds over the last few years. That means congestion at the showers. The overall layout of this new facility is going to prove to help all of us. Maybe…just maybe…we’ll see more friends with disabilities out there using the beach. We sure hope so.