Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This is a rather unique swim because it is a time trial start. What that means is that every 3 to 5 seconds someone goes. I signed up rather late, so I ended up with #2. It wouldn't have been any big deal, except that #1 didn't show up, and they were doing the swim in numerical order. Yup, that's right, I had to go first!
Felt kinda weird knowing that everyone on shore was looking at me, but I knew it wouldn't last long. I almost made it to the first buoy before Branden caught me, then I no longer had to worry about being in front in the one part of the race that I really suck at.
The bike was going pretty well for the first few miles. I caught a glimpse of Cody in front of me and thought I might have a chance to catch and hang with him. But then in typical XTERRA fashion, things didn't go as planned. All of a sudden, my shifting was gone! I had a malfunction with my cable housing, and I wasn't able to shift in the rear.
So single speed it was! I had to run all the up hills, and really stand to grind out the flats. On the downhills, there was no holding back! If I didn't want to loose to much time, I had to go fast when I could.
My dad was out on course and it was really fun to see him several times throughout the ride. It was pretty twisty and windy out there, so he had to do a little walking, but he could see the course in several places.
Rolling into T2 was my total rock star moment. There was a massive wall of spectators lining the approach to the dismount line and it felt like everyone of them was screaming and yelling for me! Faster than a speeding bullet, I was in and out and it totally helped having the crowd cheering me on!
Coming off the bike in 3rd, I held that position through the run. Once again great to have my dad out there letting me know where my competition was in front and behind me.
I crossed the line 3rd, but an age grouper who finished behind me ended up bumping me to 4th. That's one of the down sides to time trial starts, you don't know exactly how everyone stacks up till they ALL cross the finish line. Guess I just need to swim faster, so that that won't be a concern at all.
My dad, mom, their puppy Lil, my brother Travis, and me after a fun day.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
If you're wondering if I ever did some product testing, well... other than the Bolder Boulder (see pic below) and a couple of other tongue-in-cheek fun times, I didn't wear the clothing.
Actually I take that back! They do have a small line of men's clothing for their Skirt Chaser 5k Series. In the picture below I'm wearing the tech T and running shorts. That's my old roommate Mackenzie.
The Skirt Chaser 5k is a series of running races all around the country where the women start first and then 3 minutes later the men chase them down. The first person to cross the finish line wins $500! Then afterwards there is a big party with lots of fun and games!
Check out the video about the race in Denver at http://www.skirtchaser5k.com/denver/. I was really excited to see my former mohawked self in it!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The interesting things was how well I did considering my approach to the race. I wasn't motivated to go hard and really hurt myself, when I knew that my fitness wasn't where I wanted it to be. So anytime things got hard, I backed it off (that will be the theme for the day).
On second thought, I don't know if I'd call this a "run." Anytime it got kinda steep, I would walk. And there was a lot of steeps. Anytime I got to an aid station, I would walk. And there were several aid stations.