Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Vail MTB town series

Way back in 2011 I won the Expert category of the Vail MTB Town series.  I'm not doing that again, but I have a chance of winning the Mens Masters Expert 40+ this year!  The final race is tonight and the course is similar to the Xterra bike portion.  I should know this course better than anybody, but I have not ridden it since the Xterra race!  Wish me luck!
At the MTB race last week

Monday, July 29, 2019

Xterra Beavercreek

My home course, Xterra Beavercreek, is always one of my favorites, and this year I raced well.

In theswim I like to get an early lead using my advantage of living here. I didn't have such a great start, but I did get into the lead.  I pulled Branden Rakkita and SAM Osborn with me.  No worries though, I still pushed it and had some help from Branden keeping the pace high.  We tried to pull away from Sam, but he proved to be too strong.
I exited the water with those two and after a lightning quick transition I was in the lead. 

Brad and Branden (photo: Xterra)
I knew I couldn't win this race, but I stayed with Branden and Sam as long as I could before having to focus on my own race.  They are simply too strong for me.  Josiah caught me soon after and I gave him the surprising information that we was taking 3rd from me and could see Sam and Branden up the trail!  He was psyched! (and easily won the day)

I rode with Karsten Madsen for some time until a volunteer asked about a crashed rider on the trail.  I am known for talking during races, but one of my training partners, Alister Ratcliff, has been coaching me to talk less and focus on racing more!  I broke from my new training and told the volunteer the details.  That took too much breath on the massive climb and I lost contact with Karsten.

Ryan Ignatz caught me at the top of the climb and we rode together (having fun, of course) to the end of the bike.  I couldn't hold onto him on the uphill for the run, so I settled in for maintaining my 7th place.

With about 1/2 a mile to go, one of the best runners in Xterra, Brian Smith, showed up a few steps behind me.  I had to find a new level of pain to hold him off for 7th.

With all the running injuries I've had this year (see previous post), I'm extremely happy I raced well.  I achieved all of my goals.  1st out of the water, 1st or 2nd fastest transitions, top 8, re-qualified as a Pro, had fun, etc.  Nearly all of my in-laws were here to watch (Tina's parents, sister, and Godparents... talk about pressure!). I raced in a kit that my mother in law repaired (thanks Christie!) that is very old, but very comfy.

Paul (father in law), thanks for all the videos:

Swim Exit

Bike Finish

Run Start

Finish Line

Pain Face

Friday, June 28, 2019

Physical Therapy

I want to thank Jointworx Physical Therapy
Without them, I would have been too injured to race years ago.  Here I am running on their treadmill in a recovery from an injury using a weight reducing belt.  It's been very helpful this year.
This is the view from the treadmill...

Monday, June 24, 2019


I headed down to Boulder for another Olympic distance road triathlon (this was the Boulder Sunrise Triathlon).  What I thought would be good racing prep for the upcoming Xterra Beavercreek ended up being a great win!

My friend Cheryl who got me to do a road tri last year here in Boulder did it again.  Thanks Cheryl (who won her age group!)

Another great story is Kimberly Goodell won the Women's overall.  We are former teammates on the Chicago Smelts masters swim team (where I met Tina).  I hadn't seen her in 10 years and... way to represent!

A few race details:
It was supposed to be a cold rainy day, and the weather held off for nearly perfect racing conditions.
I led wire to wire, and felt fantastic.  It was one of those days where when you ask your body to go faster, it does.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

2019 GoPro Mountain Games

This past weekend was full of racing.  It started on Thursday with a Rocky Dog Trail Run.  I've raced with Senna lots, and had lots of fun.  This was no exception.  She's 9 years old and did great!

Here we are with Branden Rakita, his borrowed dog, Shadow (Thanks Ric!), and Alister Ratclif between us (Ayla is hidden).

I later raced with Alister in the Short Track MTB race.  I then finished off the weekend with a category win on the Vail Pass Time Trial

2019 Racing season has begun!

It started a while ago with Tina and my sister, Brooke doing the Boston Marathon!  Tina had a C-Section 4 months prior to the race, and came within 30 seconds of requalifying!  Outstanding!  Brooke ran a smart race to easily qualify for next year.  That marathon is a definite to-do for most runners and it was an amazing experience watching.  Here's a video I made up:

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Post Season

It's always funny to me when people talking about cyclists in a derogatory tone call them "bicycles". 

Proper terminology:
My friends "ride bikes".
We go for a "ride".
We are "cyclists".

I came across a funny sign while mountain biking yesterday:

The Xterra TV crew finished up their video of me: