Up next in our summer series showcasing our favorite training spots, we're headed to San Francisco. There are beautiful views to be found all around the Bay Area, plus the city is full of delicious food for a post-race celebration. We also love that the city's weather tends to be cooler than typical California temps, which is perfect for training.
Katie and Mason, two of our sales gurus based in the Bay Area, want you to love their city as much as they do. Whether you're new to the city or just visiting, make sure you hit up these spots. If you're looking to:
- Golden Gate promenade and Chrissy Field: Many Bay Area marathons and triathlons start or finish in this area, as it offers fantastic views of the Golden Gate bridge and the marina. While it's also a popular place for tourists, there is plenty of space between the trails for all of the runners, cyclists and pedestrians. The Golden Gate promenade is a 4.3 mile route, but if you're looking to extend your run, start at Chrissy Field and go up the Pacific Coast Trail, which links up to the Batteries to Bluffs trail. From there, head down to Baker Beach (and hit the sand ladder) and then back up Lincoln Blvd to Immigrant Point for a spectacular view at the top.
Or, you could run in the opposite direction from Chrissy Field, along the Embarcadero past Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 until you reach the Ferry Building. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is open, featuring just about everything from local produce, meat and seafood to herbs and artisanal cheeses, breads and pastries. The Thursday market features an array of artisan street foods, while the Saturday market showcases local restaurants and their signature meals.
- Pescadero/La Honda Road Loop: This ride involves a bit of a drive, but is well worth it. The 30-mile road ride leaves from San Gregorio State Beach, about 40 miles south of the city. The ride heads up La Honda Road which is slightly uphill and rolling for 9 miles, then the road kicks up as you turn right on to Pescadero Road. The climb on Pescadero Road is referred to as the Haskins climb and is a category 3 climb: 1.5 miles and average 7%. The road twists and climbs up through the misty coastal redwoods on a smooth, low car-traffic road. When you hit the crest, you are rewarded with a fast, sweeping descent down the wide and well paved Pescadero Creek Road. For the next 11 miles, the road is flat and fast. At about mile 22 the road brings you in to the tiny town of Pescadero, where you should stop in for a quick cup of coffee and nostalgia at the café Downtown Local. From there, Stages Road runs north back toward San Gregorio State Beach. Stages Road doesn't have a lot of car traffic, but it is one lane so stick to the right. The road becomes windy as you get close to the end. There are two quick climbs (one is category 4) before the designation, so save some gas in the tank. On a good day, this ride takes about two hours so be sure to have a couple of bottles and a snack in case you decide to push the pace. Temperature and winds can vary throughout the loop so bring an extra layer if you're sensitive to temperature dips or chilly coastal winds.
Strava Route Link: https://www.strava.com/routes/5391800
hit the gym
- Flying Studios: Located in the heart of the Temescal district in Oakland, this studio features a variety of fitness classes, from yoga and dance to TRX strength training and aerial silks workshops. When it comes to yoga, there's something for everyone. They offer more than 10 types of classes, including hatha, ashtanga and flow. There's even a Late Night Yoga class if your busy schedule doesn't stop till the sun goes down. Check out the Kirtan Flow classes for yoga set against a live music backdrop, with a rotating roster of local musicians and bands. We love that many of the classes are donation-based, with the proceeds going to local charity organizations. There are two studio spaces, plus plenty of cafes, restaurants, and bars nearby once class is over!
- Touchstone Fitness: Almost everywhere in NorCal, you’ll find one of Touchstone’s indoor climbing and fitness gyms. From SF to Berkeley and Sacramento to San Jose (and even a few SoCal options), the Touchstone community of gyms allows any athlete to make the most of their workout with awesome facilities for climbing, spinning, yoga, and most any other class you can think of. In addition to the gym’s facilities, the gym’s employees provide a wealth of knowledge as well as support for new climbers, experienced athletes, and youth groups alike. In most of the gyms, you have the option of top rope, bouldering, and lead climbing. Either of the first two are super accessible to someone walking in off the street with a little help from a day-pass and some guidance from the front desk (they’re awesome!). As you build your climbing prowess, take the lead climbing class and test that the gyms offer to hone your climbing skills and take your sport to the next level. If you are in the Concord area near the Diablo Rock Gym, pop in and say “Hi” to the gym’s manager Hans. Hans is a world class climber and #nuunelite team athlete.
- The Plant Organic Cafe: This cafe is a great spot to grab a healthy bite to eat after a grueling workout or race. The menu features dishes made with organic produce, free-range organic poultry, and sustainable seafood. They also offer fresh-pressed juices, and gluten-free and vegan pastries. With 8 locations across the Bay Area and no dress code, you can stop in wearing sweaty clothes or dress up for weekend brunch. Either way, the food is delicious and the cafe deserves a visit.
stay tuned all summer long as we continue our virtual road trip, and share more of our favorite spots in our favorite cities: seattle portland san diego phoenix houston denver chicago atlanta new york city boston
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