After a long winter, the North American triathlon season unofficially kicks off this weekend.

After a long winter, the North American triathlon season unofficially kicks off this weekend at both 70.3 Oceanside and 70.3 Texas (where former Ironman world champs Sebastian Kienle (GER) and Miranda Carfrae (AUS) will compete on Sunday).

With the Oceanside race in our backyard, we’re pumped to follow the pro action on Saturday which will feature two-time Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno (GER), 2016 70.3 world champion Tim Reed (AUS), 2017 Kona runner-up Lionel Sanders (CAN), multiple Kona podium finisher Heather Jackson (USA), 2016 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence (GBR), and two-time Olympian Sarah True (USA). Excited? So are we! Photographer Paul Phillips strolled around the 70.3 Oceanside expo on Thursday and caught a bit of the pre-race action. Enjoy these snaps and happy racing to those competing in Galveston and Oceanside!

2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Chris and Diane Jackson are taking a year off of racing at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside and are here to cheer on their daughter Heather as she competes for another title. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
One of the most popular and widely attended events, Ironman 70.3 Oceanside draws participants from the East Coast and Mid-West who can escape the long winter and enjoy the palm trees at the expo. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Rudy Project are set to help many athletes start their season in Oceanside. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
New season, new gear! Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
A first-time age group triathlete reflects on his upcoming race in Oceanside. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Nytro Multisport of Encinitas is on hand to help all athletes with their final race needs and early season pre-race tune-ups at the Oceanside expo. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Canyon Bikes are in the U.S.! Although still only sold online, Canyon now has an office and showroom in Carlsbad, Calif. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Early crowds check out the many new vendors at the expo. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Early crowds check out the many new vendors at the expo. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Although the Southern California athletes think the weather is unseasonably cool, athletes from other parts of the country are thrilled to see bright sunny skies and the Pacific Ocean. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Early crowds check out the many new vendors at the expo. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
British age group athlete Joanna Dillon and her coach Michellie Jones tour the Oceanside expo. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Early crowds check out the many new vendors at the expo. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Early crowds check out the many new vendors at the expo. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
Ironman Oceanside 70.3 Pre Race
Early crowds check out the many new vendors at the expo. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
The Wattie Ink booth is a congregating spot for their many team members, as well as a spot to purchase the brand’s apparel. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Located under the Oceanside Pier between the palm trees and the beach, this is one of the best expo areas outside of Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Located under the Oceanside Pier between the palm trees and the beach, this is one of the best expo areas outside of Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Located under the Oceanside Pier between the palm trees and the beach, this is one of the best expo areas outside of Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Located under the Oceanside Pier between the palm trees and the beach, this is one of the best expo areas outside of Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Located under the Oceanside Pier between the palm trees and the beach, this is one of the best expo areas outside of Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Former Pro Beth McKenzie with Ironman Hall of Famer & CAF Icon Bob Babbitt. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Ironman Head Referee Jimmy Riccitello is on hand to oversee Saturday’s race. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Eric Gilsenan leads one of the many pre-race athlete briefings, providing both guidelines and answers to many questions. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
Karen Aydelott shows off her new running foot ready to go for Saturday’s race. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2018 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside Expo
At age 72, Karen has completed 31 full distance Ironman events is ready to go, competing as an age-group athlete. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto