Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2018 Xterra Pan-Am/USA Championships

Two weeks ago, I started my taper for this race.... in a French jail.

It's a very long story but has to be told so I'll keep it short.  Tina and I decided to make a poorly timed vacation (racing wise) to Italy to meet up with her sister and my friend who lives in Europe.  We were going to meet in Monza to watch the Formula 1 race there.  We traveled through Paris to get there.  Well, I have an "emergency passport" due to my other job as a pilot (an even longer story).  Well, the French police didn't allow me to pass through Paris with this passport.  They put me in a "holding area" (jail) until they could send me back to the USA.  I made it back to New York and then flew directly to Italy, crossing the Atlantic three times in two days.  Not the best way to start a taper OR a vacation.

The race:
My racing goals went drasticly down from there.  I still have my swimming, so I decided to go all out for leg one of this race.  I took off in my usual fasion and opened up a gap to the lead pack:





At the turnaround bouy, I had lost the gap and settled into what I thought was a strong pace. Branden Rakita, who is an outstanding swimmer, pulled up next to me to help push the pace.  Toward the end of the swim, I retook the lead and came out of the water first, feeling fine... until I got to my bike... and blew up. 

It was the hardest T1 I've had in a long time.  I was gassed.  I had no energy for the start of the bike. 


After about 5 grueling miles (and lots of lost time, I got some somewhat of a rhythm back and started to push.  As the bike went on, though, I was fading.


suffering... suffering...

I finished the bike with Will Kelsey, and thought we could work together on the run, but then I exploded.  I was left walking at times just trying to finish the race.

The race started well enough, but finished horribly.  At least I was out of jail!



Video highlights of the race
I'm at
 -5:00
-4:15
-3:27
-3:00 remaining
Snowbasn luxury 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

2 for 2!

I raced 3 weekends back to back to back.  Starting with Xterra Beavercreek, followed by Xterra Indian Peaks, and finishing with the BecTri.  (I was supposed to race Xterra Aspen, but due to fires and mudslides, it was cancelled)

I won Indian Peaks.  AWESOME!!!  I am super psyched about this.






I also won (tied for 1st) the BecTri!  AWESOME!!!  This race is in memory of Becky Yarberry.  I had to run down my friend and training partner Alister Ratcliff and we called a truce in the spirit of Becky.  She was always one who liked friendly competitors.  We crossed the line together, happily.

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:

Finally,
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