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Thank goodness the mega storm San Francisco was anticipating didn't actually materialize, because it would have made San Francisco's annual Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon pretty much unbearable on Sunday. "Three-quarters of the way up the sand ladder, I thought I'd lost my quads - I had to go pick them up," laughed first-time participant Nicky Samuels, who placed first in the women's division. Almost 2,000 competitors joined Samuels on Sunday morning for the triathlon, which includes a 1 1/2-mile swim in the Bay, an 18-mile bike ride through the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, and an 8-mile run that ended at the Marina Green. [SF Gate]