Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SALIDA TRIP

Pic of "Tenderfoot" mountain in Salida

Coming in for the win...the hardest 1.25 miles ever! (11:14)
Ryders first parade!

Every year we go to Salida Colorado to see family and do some running races...it was super nice to chill out and hang with my family. During the "Fibark" festival in salida they have 3 running races that are all super fun. First race is thursday. The "tenderfoot hillclimb" its a crazy race that is only about 1.25 miles long. the kicker is you go straight up "S" mountain (600 vertical feet) and then back down to the finish. I've done this race a bunch of times since i was about 13. This year i was second to the top and passed the leader half way down. i didn't feel fast going up so i was real happy to win. (this is my 4th year taking the win) ( i also hold the current record of 10:32). On friday i took it easy and we went whitewater rafting on the arkansas river...becca had never been and it was super fun. Saturday morning is the 10k road race...pretty flat, and a little longer than 10k, but we are at 7,000 feet elevation. i took 3rd place overall...then sunday is the 10k trail race (to finish the salida "triple crown" of running) this is a super hard 10k with almost 1000 feet of elevation gain. I finished 3rd again in about 44min...i know that sounds slow, but 1st place was a 43 min 10k and he ran XC at CU. So i finished 2nd place in the triple crown (behind ex CU dude) after the race i went for a epic 2.5 hr. MTB ride on the rainbow trail near salida...it was insane....i realized how much fun MTB really is. I also got a good bulk of hard training done. Buffalo creek is this weekend and i'm just training through it, so we'll see how it goes...lately i've felt a bit sluggish on the bike, but my run is feeling solid.

Becca @ sprint tri


becca raced the highlands ranch sprint tri a couple weeks ago and slayed it...2nd in her age group and 13 overall woman. she did a 1:17 for a 500m swim, 15m bike, 5k run. It was fun just watching a race, but it was hard watching some of the top dudes coming in (knowing i could beat alot of them). Becca is getting really fast on the bike (she passed a dude in full aero gear..disk/helmet/bike) so rad!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

THE BURN MTB RACE

Ricky, Ed, Me, Cody at the burn mtb race...same area as the buffalo creek XTERRA...it was a 22 mile MTB TT...super hard, but way fun. i totally bonked on the last hill (2 mile climb) to the finish and ended up 7th in the expert. not that great, but my fitness has been slow coming since the surgery. i had to remind myself it was a training day.