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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Xterra Nationals

I'll be brief, due to the brace on my hand.
In 2014, I had the race of my life here.  I placed 2nd out of the US contenders, and 6th overall.  I've been wanting to repeat that performance since then.
In 2015, I had major mechanical issues on the bike.
In 2016, I had an injury due to a crash that prevented me from racing well.
This year, I wasn't' 100% due to illness and injuries, but I felt good on race day.

Our Friday was a bit of a cluster.  Our normal campsite was closed!  We were forced to get a hotel room, so no camping :(

The swim started out well enough getting into the lead.  There was another pack to my right, and I knew I had to drill it to stay ahead of them.  Whoever was on my feet decided to get to come up on my left, and push me to the right.  He kept bumping into me over and over. I was getting really, really upset.  I swim straight and clean.  I didn't want to waste energy with him, but he wouldn't stop.  I kept thinking "you idiot! get on my feet and I'll lead out of the water".  I spat water in his face, I yelled at him, I pushed hard left... all to no avail.  I eventually got onto Mauricio Mendez's feet (from the other pack) and this guy didn't stop running into me.  Finally I gave up and slowed down to let him onto Mauricio's feet.  He slowed down too!  Once that gap opened up, I was too tired from fighting to get back on.  Finally Branden Rakita came up to my other side and I got pushed into him.  Finally I gave up (again) and paused from swimming altogether so I could swim alone.  I came out of the water tired and upset.

I don't ever call out people for bad racing by name but Kyle Smith, you are a terrible swimmer.

The bike was uneventful, I was tired therefore slow.  The run took some time getting into my rhythm, but once I did I was flying... literally when I tripped.  One moment, I was running, the next I was superman.  I landed hard on rocks and sprained my wrist.  It was a hard fall that took a lot out of me. I crossed the line carrying Ashley which made her EXTREMELY happy, so that cheered me up.

This was a tough season, and I'm glad it's over.