Monday, July 23, 2018

Xterra Beavercreek!

This was one of my biggest races of the year.  Needless to say, I was NERVOUS the week leading up to it.  I took some of the Xterra video crew up in my friend, Drew Rader's  Cessna 210 for a video profile of me the Wednesday before the race.  It was a nice distraction from the race nerves. 
Family Pre-Race!

My #1 goal for this race, since it's my home race, was to be 1st out of the water.  I took off from the start:

Leading the swim
I got a gap on Branden Rakita  (who knew of my goal) and Mauricio Mendez (who didn't) and had to drill it to hold on for the 1st lap.  I'm one who always likes longer swims (I could go on and on about how the bike is too long compared to the swim, but I won't), but today, it was shorter than normally on this course and I was thankful since I didn't want to waste too much energy in the water.  I came out 1st!:
Swim Exit

I had a great climb and MTB  I was in 8th and alone from pretty much the top of the climb until the end of the bike.  This was nice and relaxing, but not as fun as racing head to head on the trail.  I had a great transition into the run and managed 10th in the heavily stacked PRO division.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Lead-up to Xterra Beaver Creek

There are two weeks to one of the biggest races of the season, Xterra Beavercreek. I just received a package from Truckerco. They make some small parts such as brake pads, cables, and tire sealant.

Here's a jersey they sent me:

I love it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

More racing!

So I decided to do that 10k on Beavercreek.  I'm glad I did.  It was a great experience.  I made some tactical errors at the start, which probably cost me an age group win, but I felt AMAZING!   I've been fighting injuries the last two years, but I felt strong on this race.  I'm feeling very fit leading up to my big races coming up (Xterra Beavercreek, Indian Peaks, and Aspen)  (all back to back to back weekends)

I've got a MTB race tonight which will be fun.  The last one I did was the Davos Dash which is an uphill battle for about 20 minutes (I have been within seconds of breaking 20 for the last 4 years... I just can't seem to crack it).

Friday, June 22, 2018

I have to complain

I was about to register for a 10k tomorrow in Beavercreek, but $50 is getting to be expensive for racing.  I'm on the fence.  If anybody reads this, give me some advice.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

3 weeks of racing

3 weeks ago, a 5k in South Carolina....1st!!!
Tina was 2nd, she didn't want to exert herself on vacation.

2 weeks ago was my first road triathlon in years.  I was 2nd out of the water, about 8th off the bike and put in a serious run for 3rd place.
also present was Cheryl, who will be the first to see Ashley's little sister in December:

Last weekend was the GoPro mountain games here in Vail.  Congrats to Branden Rakita who won the Ultimate Mountain Challenge.  One of the (8) events he competed in was a 5k with Senna.  They placed 3rd!  I raced the Vail Pass Time Trial for the first time with fresh legs and won the 35+ category!

Photo by Rick Lohre

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Spanish training

Tina and I decided to make a trip to Spain this spring.  My old training partner while living in Chicago, Ruben, is originally from there and is now living there. Gandia is the city we visited and the Vuelta a Espania (the tour of Spain) often passes through on these beautiful roads.  I did LOTS of riding with some Spanish climbers.  It was a great break from the spring weather we normally have in the mountains. It reinvigorated my road cycling and will hopefully pay off with some better bike splits this year.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Winter training

Some of my previous season injuries reared their ugly heads this winter, but thankfully, I can still ski in the mornings with Senna.  Here she is at the top of a fun run.